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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?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Witout perkins....

Tough economic times. Money is very tight and getting tighter. Government is struggling to fund the basics. Perkins keeps technical education moving. Without it we could not keep our labs functioning, and be updated on the latest innovations in our professions. But when money is tight, programs that were once thought to be invaluable somehow seem non-important. Currently we are funded for a few years, but if we can not show that the bar is being raised and that we significantly impact the basic academic needs of he students, then I believe that government will think technical education expendable. Those of us in the profession see what we do a necessary part of the total package of education- that is why we need to keep fighting for Perkins.


Thozi said...

Yes, Emily, I agree that we need to fight. I think that our battle will be easier if we confront the politicians with evidence, credible evidence, that Perkins is working, that technological education is moving along, that society is benefiting. Otherwise, we will find that we have an uphill battle on our hands, if we cannot show them that we are making a difference. They will say exactly what you have said: "These are tough economic times"; "We do not have the money to fund this or that"; "There's nothing we can do", etc. Excuses, excuses, and more excuses.

Hal said...

I'm with you Emily. Before the economic crisis we seemed like a difference maker in the world of High School education. Now with the economic crisis, we look like we might be the first ones on the chopping block. If we don't fight for what we need, then how are we to prove that we are needed. It's funny how we may be in jeopardy of losing this financing and we have never seen a decision maker in our class/lab for evaluation. I feel like our program is steadily justifying the need for perkins money, and welcome anyone into our lab that thinks we don't. I understand economic stress, but don't take away the one thing we need the most.