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.