Teachers as Guidance Counselors
Due to lack of registered guidance counselors in the public school system, regular teachers are the ones who give guidance and counselling among students.
We all know that students in the Junior High School face the most critical stage of their lives in which they all start to change. It is a metamorphosis of their attitude and behavior. They change for the better or sometimes for the worse. It is a time in which they get along with new circle of friends. They join those students who have similar preference as theirs. They learn to love and engage themselves in not so serious relationships. They can’t focus on their studies because lots of problems, worries and questions are boggling their minds. When they are heartbroken, when they are not in good terms with their friends.
When they do not feel the love and support of their parents, whom they will run to?
In times like these, an adviser or a teacher does the role of a guidance counselor. Giving them proper advice could somehow ease the pain they feel. Helping them realize their mistakes could change their mind and behavior to become better individuals. Encouraging them to continue their studies despite trials and problems they are facing in the family could lead them to future success. Teaching them the ways of the Lord could help them find their worth as a person.
Remember, you were also once a student who faced crisis in searching for your true identity and role as an individual. And yet, you were able to find it because you had your teachers who didn’t serve only as your second parents but also as your guidance counselors.
The author is Teacher I at Calulut Integrated School.