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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

Rewards and Challenges

As I prepared for this post, I created a rewards/challenges list. I would say that they were equal in length. If I had to choose the most rewarding experience a school counselor has it would be watching a high risk student develop academically and socially over the course of their high school years. I think the reason behind my choice is I am a "mama" first and that influences my professional life. On the flip side, I believe the biggest challenge a counselor faces would be meeting the need of ALL students. My high school has an enrollment of 1400. While the number of students are equally divided between 4 counselors, it would still be a major feat to meet ALL the needs of ALL the students. There are many students that fall between the cracks. Counselors have a very long list of responsibilities. If there were a way to add more members to their team, the challenge might be more easily obtained.

1 comment:

Jonathan Thomas said...

I agree with you regarding what you think is one of the biggest rewards of a guidance counselor. Being able to help an at-risk student succeed would be a great accomplishment. I think most of us can identify with that as teachers. It is a extraordinary feeling to be able to help even one student. When you feel you make a difference it makes the job completely worth it. I also agree that counselors have a tough job getting to all the students in their school. We have about 1800 students, so it is hard for counselors to be able to know each student and their needs. I definitely have a greater respect for guidance counselors and the work they do after this assignment.