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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

Perceived Roles

Perceived Roles

I believe the roles and responsibilities of a guidance counselor is a vital instrument in the success of our students. Guidance counselors assist students and their parents with creating the best four year plan or choosing the best diploma choice based upon the student’s career interest. Their role in this matter can be quite hectic as students may not adhere to appointment times by either being late or not coming at all. Schedule changes, failing classes also become obstacles in trying to keep students on the right track.

Testing is another responsibility of guidance counselors. Counselors do their best to ensure that students preferably 10-12 grade have taken either the PSAT, SAT or ACT. Equipping the students with the knowledge needed to successfully register for these exams. I am still surprised at how many students still do not take their IDs to take their tests.

As an instructor, if I have a student that may be pregnant, come to school with defying odor, or may have issues that need to be addressed, the guidance counselor is usually the first point of contact before other school’s personnel is involved.

Guidance counselors also provide exposure to the students by having representatives from not only local colleges but out of state colleges to come to campus for the students to gather information, field trips to colleges giving students an opportunity to apply on the spot, financial workshops to assist with FAFSA forms, and apply to college day to assist seniors with an opportunity to apply to one school of their choice.

And most importantly, guidance counselors are an important part of CTAE. I’m sure we can all attest to having students who have no desire to be in our pathway however they are scheduled in our classes. The communication between CTAE and the counselors and information and knowledge of our programs is mandatory so they may schedule the “interested” student into the appropriate program.


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