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1. Only use your first name (no last names, addresses, IM screen names, etc.)
2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
3. Check all posts for spelling and grammar errors before posting.
4. Protect the privacy of others. Gain permission from other people before you write about them. Avoid sharing someone else's last name. Use job titles or pseudonyms when writing about experiences with your co-workers or students.
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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

Perceived Roles

My impression of counselors before I really researched them were kind of well....dull. I really thought the primary jobs of counselors (even before I started teaching) were to assign students classes and schedules. When I was in high school the only time I spent with counselors was during advisement days and that was one day per month. Now that I teach, I see that counselors have a lot on their plates in terms of the issues that students have to deal with. I never knew that counselors dealt with so many kids during the school and so many different situations. When I talked to some of the counselors at my school, I know that they have to keep in mind that they have to account for the students IEP requirements, home situations, and most importantly, their mental well-being. I've actually thought about being a counselor because I've learned that you have to have a general love for kids because it's so time-consuming, and sometimes you will get attached to the kids. Sometimes you definitely have to take a closer look at someones daily life to understand what they have to go through and I'm definitely glad I did that. Counselors definitely have my respect because they have to deal with so many students with different situations, you have to be strong mentally and physically to be a counselor and only the one's who love the job will be good at it.

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