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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, April 19, 2009

Open Mic -- Make Up

This past weekend was the Skills USA State Competition. I am proud to say that one of my students won the Architectural Drafting competiton!! So we are off to Kansas City this summer for Nationals. Our Skills USA club also won third place in Technical Drafting, and Automotive Service Technology. It was a fantastic and enjoyable weekend. Skills USA state competition is a well organized event!


bernardo said...

Hi Brandon,

I like to congratulate you and your students for making it to the National Skills USA competition. I know how you must feel about this accomplishment. Last year my students made it to the National FBLA competition that was held here in Atlanta Georgia. I’m sure that your students will have a terrific time and at the same time gain valuable experience during the competition. I hope this will bring more recognition to your program.


Michael said...

Congrats, even though we didn't place this past weekend it was another learning experience for my students. Have fun at nationals.

Dr. M said...

Congrats, Brandon! Make sure you do go with your student to KC as the National Competition is awesome! I went many times over my career (National Winner in 1980) and it is one of the most inspiring events you will ever attend as a CTE teacher. All new teachers (and older, burned-out ones) need to attend to see our CTE youth at their finest.

Take lots of pix and hang all over your classroom and lab as it is a great motivator for your next batch of students, and make copies of student certificates and start a Wall of Honor from competitions such as this. In no time, you will have an impressive display for all to see and for all new students to strive for. Good luck and let us know how you'all do!