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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 7, 2010

Food Fight For Perkins

We, as CTAE teachers, need to fight for Perkins because it is Perkin's funds that got us going and it will be Perkin's funds that will keep us going. I always worry about how I will have to teach my classes if Perkin's funds continue to be reduced. I have 150 students and am only given a small amount of money per student for the entire year, but I survive by doing other events that will bring in revenue. The worry is that if funding is cut more, I do not believe that I will be able to continue teaching the way that I do now. What does that mean? Well, I will have to begin to teach in theory rather than hands on, but as all of us know with our careers in the industry, it is the hands on knowledge that will get you ahead. They are looking for more skilled workers to fill the jobs that are critical to the American economy but are thinking of decreasing our budget to do this. My students could memorize all of the mother sauces and their derivatives but if they cannot actually make one, then they are not employable in the industry. It is very important that I am able to continue the hands on learning that I have now to "Prepare the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow".

We can play several roles to help the cause. One is to be the best teacher we can be. Pass on your knowledge to your students so that they will be ready to go into the workforce and make a difference. Second is to show off your work. Show the community that you are a strong program and that your program will make a difference in the employability of young adults. Lastly, become involved in ACTE. I was sent an email from ACTE to support the increase of Perkin's Funds. ACTE is out their fighting for us and gives us the opportunity to help.

1 comment:

Dwayne said...

"Prepare the Workers of Today for the Jobs of Tomorrow" - I love that phrase. Truly we are at times the cutting edge for most of our students. With English and Math and Science, the students are being taught in a traditional environment. In CTAE, we are teaching them, many times with the Perkins money, with the lastest equipment and technology. This helps set the precedent for a lot of students who come in unsure of what they want to do in life. If our program isn't up to par, we could cause a student to miss their calling or gift in life. Then we as teachers would have also missed the mark by not helping them reach their full potential. Truly we are teaching to prepare for tomorrow. That is our purpose.