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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?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Perceived Roles

       In my time as a high school student, I perceived guidance counselors to be school staff members that gave advise to students regarding personal or discipline issues. Therefore, I felt I never had a need to apporach a counselor, as I had no discipline issues and when I wanted personal advise I would speak to my friends of adults I felt I could trust. Seeking "professional" help provided by the school would more than likely made me feel officially troubled. Later I found that guidance counselors were primarily gave academic advise, such as establishing student schedules, and shaping their academic careers based of the student's personal interests and class availability. I have also experienced a bit of frustration with our school's counseling office, as I felt like a dumping ground for students who simply needed a class to report to and others who just trandfered from another school. I hold my rpogram in the high esteem it has maintianed over the years, and I fully intentd on promoting and even furthering that status. I felt as though for someone to place a student haphazardly into the program was doing me and the student a diservice. I know they are doing their job as someone who has to fit them in where they can get in, but the frustration was still there. In conclusion, I guess my perception of guidance counselors has been cast in a nonfavorable light. I am hoping that after completing this module and interview, that my perception and understanding of the roles of guidance counsleors will be enlighted.

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