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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 are faced with many rewards and challenges in their professions.  I think through all of the ups and downs, the most rewarding thing for a guidance counselor is to  see the child that who had all of the odds stacked against him or her to graduate from high school,  go to college, graduate and have a successful career despite all of the challenges that they had to overcome. For a guidance counselor to see a student not use their situation as a hindrance but as a motivator to help push them to the next level and continue climbing without looking back.  That in itself has to be rewarding. 
 On the other hand, the most challenging thing for a guidance counselor is to see a child that has so much potential become a victim of his surroundings.  To see this student not believing in himself, and just give up because no one in his/her family has ever achieved anything so why should they be the first.  This defeatist attitude would be the most challenging thing for the counselor to overcome, because this would be seen as a handout and the child would not be willing to accept this act of kindness, especially since no one has ever cared for them without wanting anything in return.
The career of a guidance counselor is filled with many rewards and challenges, but in the end I am sure the Rewards definitely out way the Challenges.

1 comment:

Sivad Couture said...

I agree with you Dr Walker in all aspects. As far as rewards go, it's nice to see a student use stumbling blocks in their life as a sense of motivation. There will be many things that step in your way, but it's left up to that particular person to not allow those things to hinder you or become handicapped to a situation just because it has never been done in their eyes. On the other hand as far as challenges go, students are faced with pressure everyday. It can come from personal situations as well as things at school. Guidance counselors have to find a way to sift through the cracks to try and make sense to the students so that they understand they are going down the wrong path. They are successful with some students and some they are not. The world today has so many things in life's way that it's different from when we were in school. I commend teachers as well as counselors because it seems there are more challenges than rewards, but the rewards outweigh far more.