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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

Rewards and Challenges

After speaking with my counselor in casual conversation she has mentioned that it breaks her heart when students aren't motivated. We were sharing ideas about how we could reach a few students in particular. I know the feeling because no matter what you do there will be those students that you can't reach. I personally think there isn't a particular type of training or schooling that can give you strategies on reaching 100% of the students because motivation has to come from within. I would also imagine that dealing the students who are abused on any level would be difficult to deal with, especially if that occurs often at their particular school. I think the most rewarding experiences for school counselors are their success stories. We they know of students that they have motivated to become "better" students. Also those students who have become productive citizens after experiencing abuse on any level. My counselor is really proud of our students when they get scholarship offers. She even has brag bulletin board near her office. When we have Gates scholars, it's always a proud moment for her. Another proud moment is when students come back to visit her and tell her about how they are coping after high school.

1 comment:

Taylor said...

I completely agree with you (and the counselor you spoke to) when you say the hardest part of the job is working with unmotivated students. You hit the nail on the head when you said, "I personally think there isn't a particular type of training or schooling that can give you strategies on reaching 100% of the students because motivation has to come from within." I think this motivation factor plays a role in many of our relationships, not just in the school atmosphere.
I also love that you talked about pride counselors feel when they see the successes of their students. That is always my favorite part, too!