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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?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Perceived Roles

My idea of what I thought the roles and responsibilities of guidance counselors was distorted by my personal experiences as a student with my high school guidance counselor. I thought they were present to complete student schedules, make corrections to those schedules if necessary, give out vouchers for the SAT and ACT exams, and connect students with military recruiters. Once I became a teacher I was told by a previous principal that the most important position in a school is the guidance counselor's position. After seeing how the guidance counselor at my school connects with the students and how she handles what she perceives as her roles and responsibilities I was (and still am) pleasantly enlightened. Not only does she do the above responsibilities but she connects with the teachers with our schedules and classroom environment. If there is a student that would perform better in another class period then she moves them, she keeps the students and teachers aware of all scholarship and community involvement opportunities, and most importantly, she brags on the students, which I feel is important for the students in our school in particular. She actually listens to the teachers and students in our school. She performs countless other duties that would take me a long time to name but, to say the least, she is awesome. I feel as though she goes above and beyond with her roles and responsibilities as a guidance counselor.

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