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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

Perceived Rolls

My thoughts on guidance counselors are only taken from what I know and perceive. I feel like a guidance counselor should first and foremost be an anchor for our students. Giving them guidance and wisdom on our students pathway choices throughout their high school career. This is my thoughts first and foremost. Once they have accomplished this task, knowing what their assigned students want and need during their high school tenure is of utmost importance. Making sure students don’t take  redundant classes and also not taking subjects they are not interested in is one of the biggest parts I feel our counselors should keep in mind. (Though I feel my thoughts on this may change over the course of this module!)
Secondly , I feel our counselors should be “counselors” for those students that need this service. Most students in high school, from what I have seen, are pretty much on their own course and don’t open up too often when ASKED to do so. The idea of a counselor being there for kids with emotional and mental issues is a secondary point I feel is very important. Observing our students and helping them cope emotionally along their journey is the second most important thing in my humble opinion.
Finally, I feel our counselors should use all of their resources to help our kids at MOST risk. Whether we have counselors, like at my school, who try to find certain students with little to no income and they send them home with groceries at the end of the day on Fridays. It amazes me at the programs that my own PHS counselors take part in to make sure certain “at risk” kids are given a good amount of support at least with food and goods. I know this is only a capability given to opportunity but I still feel this is important.
Mr. H.

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