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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?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Fight 'til the End!

As CTE educators, we need to continuously fight for Perkins for two obvious reasons- funding and our students. I think law makers and other general ed. teachers forget about the Part-time jobs they held while in college or the full-time jobs they held on their way to their chosen profession. With that being said, we help establish job skills and life skills that students will carry with them on into their adulthood. I am very appreciative for every exploratory class and elective class I took in Middle School and High School. I have held many odd jobs on my way to my current professional location. Thanks to culinary art and food service, I learned about portion control, nutrition, mise en place (Ginger I may have mispelled it) and how to be a wonderful cook (thanks to my mom and grand mom also). While in college, I was able to obtain a job at a high-end restaurant because of my knowledge of the industry's jargon and my ability to execute. Thanks to JROTC, I learned additional discipline, chain of command and drill and ceremony procedures- all directly associated with my current profession. With the help of Construction classes, I can find a stud in the wall, hang my own fixtures and communicate with a contractor w/o the help of my husband. Home Economics, taught me how to thread a needle, plan a menu, make a grocery list and budget..and the list goes on and on and you know the rest. Perkin's funding has been a valuable part of my coming into who I am. With it I have become a well-rounded, business oriented and professional woman. Yes I did go to college directly after high school and I graduated in 4 yrs. I have obtained my Master's Degree along with countless professional certifications but what I hold near and dear to me are the lessons taught by my CTE teachers who assisted my parents by echoing life skills and common sense applications away from home. We need Perkin's and I will continue to fight for it not only for me and my students but for my children as well!!!

1 comment:

Tonya said...

Very well said, Anitra! I couldn't agree more. I think so many people underestimate those skills that we learned in those "vocational" or elective classes. I know that for me, my electives helped develop the very person that I am today. I learned skills and developed talents that I would have never explored had I not been exposed to them in the cte classes. I do have a fear that if times get much tougher then our classes will be the first to go. Our students love our classes, but more than that, they NEED our classes.