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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Rewards and Challenges

Guidance Counselors have a major responsibility to the student body that can be challenging at times. They are helping the students to recognize their self identity. Between the years of middle school to high school, kids are trying to find out who they are and how they belong. As the students get older, they take on more of family issues which in return can be brought to school. The counselors are faced with tryin to get them to cope with life decisions, but seperating it from their acadmics. Sometimes it hard to focus as adults, and how today's society is, children are faced with more responsiblity than ever before. Another challenge is peer pressure and trying to belong to the "in crowd". This situation can make or break a person of any magnitude. It seems to come as a challenge for the counselors because they have to create various counseling strategies that are designed to help the young people deal with all of the pressure that their adolescent years comes with. Although there are challenges, counselors also seek rewards in dealing with the students on a day to day basis. Watching a student grow and excel academically can touch anyone's heart. Because guidance counselors aren't teachers nor administrators, they serve as a buffer before receiving discplinary action resulting in suspension or getting expelled from school. Helping a student that has/had a discipline problem so that it doesn't reach that plateau is also a great feeling. Sometimes having the right thing to say can change that student's decision making process within a second. I didn't realize that guidance counselors were faced with so much adversity. They are an intricate part to the student body and without them, I think the schools would be lost. They are just as vital as teachers and administrators are to education.

1 comment:

Docwalk said...

I agree that the guidance counselor has a major responsibility to the student body. Each stage of a person's life is filled with challenges and our growth depends on how well we overcome these challenges. Most people have a responsible adult in their lives that help them along/guide them through these life lessons. For those students that don't have that responsible adult in their lives, the counselor takes on that responsibility. Now more than ever, we have more students that lack parental supervision which puts them in a situation where they have to make adult decisions with a child’s mind. At this point, is crucial to have Guidance Counselor that recognizes these changes in a child and intervenes.