Teach­ers as Guid­ance Coun­selors

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - DIANE ARVI W. PUNO --oo0oo--

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.

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