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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

Fighting for a future.

For many American youth, the CTAE instructor functions as the initial exposure to the expectations and opportunities that the workforce demands. In a historical time period when the American economy is struggling to survive, it is vitally important that early career exposure, opportunities for extended learning, and an orientation to workforce ethics are presented in a supportive environment. The CTAE instructor is a key component to the development of tomorrow's competent workforce. I am considering the question, WHY? I ponder the answer, WHY NOT? Why not fight for our future? Not the future of the CTAE educator, but the future of a competent workforce that is capable of making significant contributions to our economy. Why not fight for a continued decrease in high school dropout rates? Why not fight for students that can perform not in our state, but in the world? As a Career Technical Education Instructor, I have the opportunity to link tardiness, missed assignments, and uniform violations to how the workforce will evaluate you. Career Technical Education has the opportunity to contribute to a more efficient, competent, and compliant workforce. As a CTAE instructor, it is my duty to maintain membership in the professional organization that advocates for the allocation of Perkin's funds. The workforce standards employed by Career Technical Education contribute to the development of an American citizen that is capable of carrying our tomorrow. Simply put...that's why.


Ginger said...


I loved your post. It made me want to make a banner of pride and fly it high tomorrow at school. I agree with you about how important it is for students to be able to be exposed to the work force at a young age. Many of my students do not currently work, will go off to college and still not work, and will not have their first job until they are around 22. To these students, our classes are their only insight into what the world will expect out of them. In our classes, we give them a taste of how hard (and fair) the world is. Your boss will not want to hear your excuses at any job (not just CTAE types of jobs) so even the college bound students need to learn from us. I appreciate you making the point that you did.

Suzette said...

Thanks Ginger!
My student population sounds similar to yours. We are a vital link to the success of our future work force.