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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, March 28, 2010

Who are we????

Some would argue that schools cannot be all things to all people, and that schools are changing too much in order to meet such challenges. How do you feel? What do you think the role of the school should be?

I do feel like schools are changing too much to try to accommodate all people. I know at our school we have so many different types of diplomas that you can get, which seems to be more confusing rather than helpful. Students try to decide if they should be IB, CP, AP, or Tech prep and then they try to figure out what that means. I feel like the school (especially high school) should be a place where students learn characteristics of what a good student looks like. I look back and realize that I made great grades but do not remember much from my high school days. What I did learn was how to get my work done on time, time management, and organization. These skills helped me when I went off to culinary school and faced information that had never been taught to me before.

At the beginning of this class, we had to find out what our mission for the CTAE program was and I was surprised to read ours just because I do not feel like we follow it often. Our #1 goal in our school seems to be placed on academics but many of our students need to be focusing on career traits rather than college. I wish everyone could go to college but it is not in the cards for everyone and so I feel that we need to divide and conquer rather than trying to be everything to everyone.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Ginger - well said, particularly about the life skills you are teaching your students. Whether they pursue culinary or go to college, the organizational and management skills will always be useful and meaningful to your students. Keep doing your part to prepare them for whatever path they choose.