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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?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Changed Impressions

My impressions of the roles and responsibilities of guidance counselors have changed little after the readings. I feel my assessment of their daily activities was pretty close to exact. The one aspect of their roles and responsibilities I have a better understanding of would be their role as communication piece between various people within the school. With their involvement in so much of students’ lives and planning I overlooked the most important feature; communication between all parties. Guidance counselors must constantly transfer information to the administration of the school, the parents of the students, the teachers and the students themselves. Whenever counseling takes place there are potentially involved parties that may not be present at the meeting but need to know the outcome of those discussions. This is where the guidance counselor’s roles and responsibility takes on an even more important aspect as communication is the most important piece of any group or team trying to accomplish stated goals.

1 comment:

Shirley said...

I agree Terry. I also didn't realize that guidance counselors had to involve administration of any outcomes. Guidance counselors are similiar to teaching except they don't create lesson plans and grade. However, parental contact, accountability to administrators, students conferences and all are responsibilities that could be overlooked as a guidance counselor. I also agree that most of your perceptions of a guidance counselor has a lot to do with communication. They have to constantly communicate with stake holders to ensure the education benefit of students are carried out. Maybe in a few years they will change the title to a Communication Counselor. In this case, a doctorate degree maybe necessary.