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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?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rewards & Challenges
There are definitely rewards and challenges for guidance counselors! The challenges are easy to address. I think that the biggest challenge is for the guidance counselor having the time to do all the things that are expected of her/him.  I feel that with the large number of students in a school that there definitely needs to be more than one per facility in order to do what they do and be totally successful. I hear from our guidance counselor that she often wishes she had “more time” to do what she needs to do. I am sure that they would love to have more help and more time to really give each student 100%+ attention.  The rewards for the guidance counselors are often the same as those for the teacher.  They are rewarded when they see a student that they have counseled graduate and go on to either a job or postsecondary education. They are rewarded when the student that has emotional issues or behavioral issues changes for the better because of the counselor’s intervention. They feel rewarded knowing that they did their best for a student no matter what the outcome. They feel rewarded when a parent calls and thanks them.  There are many more little rewards that occur that keeps them coming back to work; just like teachers! Hopefully the rewards outnumber the challenges!


Brandon said...

I agree with you Theresa about the rewards and challenges. I think that you make a good point about their being more counselors available in each school. With the wide scope of their job it seems that keeping up with hundreds of students on so many different levels (career, high school, personal, social) would be nearly impossible. I mentioned many of the same rewards that you did, and liked that you connected it to the satisfaction that teachers get. It seems that the path to school counseling is through teaching so I am sure that they have many of the attributes of teachers as well.

huffypicks said...

I agree with you Theresa on the challenges. At Shaw High School there are only 4 counselors 1 per grade level. I think that it would be a good thing to have 2 per grade level and slip up the work load. It would also give kids a option to choose what counselor they feel fits there needs. I also agree with you on the rewards I had almost the same rewards as you did as well.