Every Teacher is a Guidance Counselor

By Samuel B. Batara, 1995

Myths regarding school Guidance and Counseling abound. Many parents and teachers think that anything to do with discipline problems among students, no matter how simple, belongs to the Guidance Office. The common expression among classroom teachers is “It is the work of the Guidance Counselor.” “I’ll bring you to the Guidance Office” has become a handy threat. The Guidance Office is a scary mention and a very unpopular place to students. Every educator must realize his responsibility as a Guidance Counselor by right, commission and function. Guidance is an integral part of being a teacher, a guardian and custodian charged with the overseer of a classroom full of educable minds. He is put there to manage the educational development of individuals exhibiting unique personalities and potentials different from one another. He has to minister to learners’ needs and resolve clients’ troubles and difficulties right there and then if he only faces up to his total calling. Guidance is good teaching and efficient classroom management. If he cannot guide his students, surely he cannot teach them. Guidance and Counseling is simply empowering a person to decide how he can best accomplish his purposes, what he needs to do, or where he should go. It does not solve problems for the individual but facilitates the way for him to solve them himself. Guidance is enabling a person to help himself. There are just a few basic principles a teacher has to instill in his heart and mind while he guides and counsels: a. Guidance gives assistance to the student in making wise choices, plans, interpretations and adjustments as he faces the many life’s crises.

b. Guidance is client-centered being concerned with the optimum development of the whole student and the fullest realization of his potentials for individual and social ends. c. Guidance recognizes the worth and dignity of the client and his right to personal assistance in times of need. It must respect the right of every student to seek help and any of the guidance services offered. d. Guidance focuses in helping the student realize and actualize his best self rather than in solving isolated problems, be they those of the individual or the school. e. Guidance assumes a responsibility to help persons become free deciding individuals but responsible to society. f. Guidance enhances significant and meaningful changes in the behavior and in the life of the student through a series of meetings wherein the guidance counselor shows genuine interest and concern. g. Guidance is voluntary in character and depends on client cooperation, not compulsion. There is no place for coercion or intimidation. h. Guidance studies and treats the student in his cultural setting by the use of every scientific technique available. Student understanding must precede student assistance. i. Guidance services are for everyone, irrespective of status; it is not only for those with serious problems as it is commonly thought of. Go on, Teacher, it is your work to guide and counsel. Every teacher is indeed a Guidance Counselor.

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