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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Interview assignment

Anytime an assignment makes us seek out new information there will be a positive benefit. I have not done my interview yet because I am still trying to decide what benefit I want from this assignment. I was initially leaning towards doing an interview with a technical school administrator because I felt a need to start building better bridges for my students to the community and get better opportunities for them to experience health care. However, after reading the posts this week I see a lot of benefit in interviewing the school counselor. I have not had much interaction with my counselors at all. At our school all teachers are expected to participate in a twice a year event called arena planning where students have the maps to be completed for their four years and go to each department to get counseled on what classes to take. Students have come to the career tech department and ask questions to determine what the classes are like. We ask get to ask the students questions to help determine what their likes are and what their goals are. I would like to know though, what the counselors know of my program and how they help students decide to take my classes. I have had good experiences so far with students wanting to be in my class overall. Next year, however, we are going to a modified block schedule and it has been stressed that all classes will be scheduled to capacity because new teachers will not be hired, hopefully no one is laid off, and normal attrition of teachers will not be filled. This could impact my class in that I will have more students who are not interested in health care. I do feel that now is an important time to may the connections I need to make with the counselors and find out their perspectives on my program.


ITechman said...

It seems that we all have the same issues. Even though we go through some process of placing students in the right class we still end up with a significant amount who wishes not to be there. By what you say, the controlling factor at least at your school is economics as there will be no additional teachers hired so that your classes will be filled to capacity. Somehow I never saw that as a constraint to the counselors. That is probably why it is important for me to have this interview with a counselor. There may be other factors I am overlooking as I complain.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Connie - thanks for sharing your thought process in this decision. I like that students come to your dept to get information about CTAE programs prior to enrolling in them.

Also interesting is your systems' response to budget and scheduling issues. A good relationship with your counselors would seem paramount given the changes on the way, but I'm sure your program will flourish under your guidance.