Okay, middle school parents and guardians. It’s never too soon to help your child dream about college and career success after high school. Starting around seventh and eighth grade, you’ll need to know about Texas graduation requirements and help your child craft a four-year high school plan. Don’t panic – you’ll have help. That’s what counselors and advisers are here for!
As college and career readiness educators, you may have a good feel for what endorsements your local students are choosing, but have you ever wondered how that might compare to statewide academic trends?
In education, time is a commodity. Educators need time to teach, plan, and connect and engage with students. Our time impacts lives; therefore, it must be managed well. Time invested in the Texas OnCourse Academy is truly an investment worth making, because the strategies and resources presented allow educators to save LOTS of time later.
As educators, we know that having buy-in at home is imperative when it comes to college and career readiness. Parents and guardians have enormous influence when it comes to deadlines, timelines, and planning for the future.
Transitioning from elementary to middle school is challenging whether you’re a student or a parent/guardian. Aside from the change in educational demand, the pace of the school year often feels as if it quickens. The relationship dynamic between parents/guardians and teachers also evolves. Teachers in middle school can have anywhere from 100 to 250 students, as compared to the 25 to 50 in elementary. It can feel like there isn’t as much time for personal attention.
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?”