On December 4th, the Day of the Educational Advisor is celebrated, one of the professionals in the school space with a role of significant impact for the effectiveness of the teaching-learning process and the integral development of students.
As he is a school management employee, he does not always receive recognition on this date for his work. Unlike Teacher’s Day, for which there is already a culture of remembering and celebrating, advisor’s day is often forgotten or undervalued.
However, the educational process is complex and demands a structure of different professionals to deal with the specificities and needs of each student, family, and community. Therefore, the educational advisor is an essential professional in this school structure.
Therefore, it is imperative to pay due to tribute to the work developed them, as they are fully dedicated to helping students, even with the great difficulties and challenges that this task demands.
To celebrate this date and value this profession so crucial for education, we decided to invite you to know a little more about the work of these professionals and check out tips on how to honor them on this special day. Read on to learn more!
What are the educational advisor’s importance and role in the school space?
The educational advisor is of fundamental importance for educational institutions, being one of the school management professionals who assist students in specific subjects, acting as a teacher, and concerned with their integral formation as an individual, critical and autonomous citizen.
Unfortunately, this profession has often been reduced to being responsible only for students’ behavior, and it is widespread to hear phrases such as “I will refer you to the advisor” in schools as a punishment for students’ inappropriate behavior in the classroom.
This ends up fostering a misconception among students that the advisor is just a behavior corrector, which ends up building a barrier between the advisor and the students, and for their work to develop, they need proximity to the students. And with the school community.
It is the role of this professional to monitor the individual development of students and their effectiveness throughout the school day, seeking the effectiveness of the process in the various aspects that make up this individual: intellectual, emotional, physical, social, ethical, professional, behavioral, etc.
As seen in the document, the work of the educational counselor goes far beyond the authoritarian vision of “behavior correction,” which ended up crystallizing in schools. Unlike that, the educational counselor’s commitment is to develop the human being.
Some behaviors that may hinder the development of students or the progress of classes may be the target of intervention the advisor since he helps the teacher to understand the behavior of students and guides them to act appropriately in certain situations.
From this, it is possible to perceive that, for the advisor to succeed in the human development of the student, he does not restrict his spectrum of action to the school space, as several factors and actors influence this development outside this space.
Supervise teaching and support students with learning difficulties
Understand the reasons for the student’s educational difficulty and mediate with the teacher to develop strategies that collaborate with the student’s learning, proposing new methods and ways to help him.
Understand students with behaviors that are harmful to their learning and development
Understanding these behaviors provides subsidies for teachers to develop strategies to better deal with students, which helps avoid conflicts that further harm the individual’s trajectory in the school space.