I hear two clear-cut positions from educators when I talk to them about Advisory Period. Some educators view advisory as a confusing and frustrating period that creates extra work. Other educators have conquered the advisory period challenge, and view it as a productive time in the school day to reach out to students on a deeper level.
Earlier this summer, we welcomed a new cohort of leader fellows into the ranks of Texas OnCourse. This is a group of movers and shakers in college and career readiness who demonstrate a commitment to their students and professional development every single day. We’d like you to meet a few of our Texas middle school counselors and educators who are making a difference in their educational communities.
It’s the first week back at school for many Texas educators and students. Who knew summer could fly by so fast? Now that you’re getting back in the swing of things, we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to help your middle schoolers succeed. College and career readiness starts early, and it’s never too soon for your students to start dreaming of a fruitful life after high school.
When you ask educators why they decided to enter the field, you’re likely to hear something akin to the following: a love of children, a sense of helping others and doing good, a feeling of making a difference in the world. Among all of these answers, a common thread runs – relationships and building connections are important to educators, inspiring and animating them.
Questions that keep me on my toes as a middle school counselor day after day:
“How can I engage students?
How can I keep their attention for the entire class period?
How can I do this while teaching them about college and career readiness?”
As a counselor or adviser, you may be uncertain of all your roles and responsibilities when navigating the transition to postsecondary life for high school seniors with special needs. Planning far ahead and ensuring that special needs students achieve certain milestones and meet state standards in middle and high school is crucial. Take a moment to explore the information provided in this table, and keep it handy – it’s been a lifesaver for me as a counselor.
With back to school around the corner, we want to make sure that parents and guardians have all the resources they need to support their student’s success this academic year. This is an especially big year for students making the transition from grade school to middle school – there are so many changes! Lockers, more class periods, more demanding schedules, more emphasis on personal responsibility, new students and teachers – the list goes on and on. And even if it isn’t your student’s first year in middle school, each new year presents new challenges.
Texas OnCourse will have two paid opportunities this spring for you and your colleagues to earn money while helping develop new tools and resources for middle school educators. You can earn $100 for pilot testing a new module for the Texas OnCourse Academy and $75 for reviewing a new middle school curriculum guide for social studies.
Topics: Middle School