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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


Yeah... this is something i said I wanted to start doing before the beginning of the school year so that counselors can have a clear understanding of what goes on in the culinary classroom. As we all know Career Tech is treated like a step child but in all honesty our programs are just as important as core classes. I feel this will really strengthen the program because once the counselors get the understanding of all the things involved and the detail that goes into anything that we do they will place the students there that ONLY want to be in our classes. For me dealing with so much dangerous equipment can cause harm to a lot of people if someone does not follow procedure properly or listen carefully to instructions. Career tech is also the saviour for many of our students that are not college bound, we given them other alternatives and show them that can achieve anything they set there mind to. Retrospectively it will make the programs grow and gain better recognition, when others see so many students coming out of our programs continuing on to make it life career. Sometimes I feel that our counselors are a little misinformed when it comes to our programs, they don't see nor understand the ineptness that goes into our finished products ( students). This is one assignment I feel will give great benefit to Career Tech.


Kevin J said...

I know what you mean with the culinary thing. When People ask me what I teach and I tell them Engineering Drawing and Design, they look at me like I am speaking a foreign language. It will also give the councilors an opportunity to get to know us and what we teach and hopefully help guide some more students into our CTAE departments. With this, we could possibly reach some students that would not normally be exposed to a CTAE program. Possibly giving them a route to take in life they never dreamed of.

Dr. M said...

Hi, Keio - well said. Remember also that part of our challenge is to motivate and assist our students as they try to make career decisions. How many of our students truly know what they want to do? Only the lucky ones, in my opinion. Many that come into our programs are still searching and that is where we may be able to interest them in our specialty. I'll bet many of your successful students did not consider a culinary career until they enrolled in your class. Keep after it.