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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?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"Changed Impressions"

My perceived roles of guidance counselors revolved mainly around the responsibilities of guidance. However, after conducting this research my impressions of school counselors has completely changed. Although I do feel their primary role should be to guide students, I am curious to know how they have time to do that when they have so many other responsibilities. It almost seems as if they are filling an administrative role, more so than a counseling role. They collect data, administer testing, complete scheduling, handle IEP’s and SST’s, and try to counsel students at the same time. I would think this is primarily the reason they prefer their titles to be School Counselors rather than Guidance Counselors—they do so much more than just guidance, if they have time to get to that at all.  

1 comment:

Mr. H said...

I totally agree with you JT. One of the biggest things I found enlightening about this research project is the fact that our counselors seem to wear more “hats” than we do as teachers! You make a good point that our counselors are performing so many administrator roles that it’s not even funny. I have been a big part of EOCT testing and I can contest to the fact that counselors are a big part of that measurement even though usually when EOCTs are going on there is scheduling issues and student issues at the forefront. I feel the same as you in the fact that our counselors have SO much responsibility and I wonder just how they get it all done.

It’s also funny to me in the fact that I have already heard my own counselors ask me if I was crazy to become a teacher with all the changes. I have a newfound respect and honor for these brothers and sisters-in-arms. This was an EYE OPENING assignment.

Mr. H.