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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?

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Changed Impressions

Changed Impressions

My prior knowledge of a guidance counselor I thought was detailed. I've never doubted that guidance counselors had their share of responsibilities and have always felt they were a vital part of a student's success. However, after the readings I am now more certain than ever that counselors have their fair share of administrative duties, strict deadlines to adhere to. Within this semester, I see some of the actions taking place by our counselors that were noted on their calendar activity reading. Some duties that were mentioned in the reading I would have never contributed to the counselors seeing that I see others present the information. Now looking back, the data had to come from somewhere, the counselors.

I will even go as far to say, guidance counselors are teachers in their own right. They wear multiple hats as we do. Their dealings with the student body are the same as ours in the classroom, serving as counselor, cheerleader, ATM, Marta, the list goes on.


1 comment:

Trenton said...

I agree completely TSS. I too was fairly sure that the counselors had their hands full as the rest of us do, but not to the extent that was elaborated in in this reading. I know our counseling Dept. has a large number of Administrative assignments on top of keeping students in a good mind frame, steering them onto the right path, keeping contacts with the local colleges and recruiting offices, aiding in work-based learning and duel enrollment. The list goes on. Even though my impression of them has not changed, I do have a higher respect for what they do in our schools after this assignment.