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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, December 5, 2010

Open Mic

The semester is almost over and I feel that I am getting into the groove of things. This is my second year teaching, but my first at my current school. NTI has greatly helped me to improve my teaching skills. I'm more confident and much better prepared to tackle the day to day instructions. I do try to teach with rigor and relevant, but sometimes it's a struggle to keep students engaged in a subject matter that they are not interested in. Many are placed in my class because they need an elective to graduate or they are failing in another class. There is a situation at my school where a parent of a failing student went to the county office and complained because her child was failing in math and insisted that the student be placed in a business class twelve weeks into the semester because they think it is easier to get a better grade. Also, this moved placed the student in the middle of the pathway which they will not complete because, you guessed it, the student is a senior.

I wish that in some way the community can be educated to the importance of CTE. We have set up display tables during PTA night, but as usual only a few parents attend. However, if there is a school sponsored fashion show there is a large parental support. At my school it is very obvious due to various reasons why many of the students will not be able to attend a post secondary school. but who could benefit from the CTE courses that are offered. I have diligently attempt to stress the importance of all CTE class. I have disguise it with wording like: you can used this certification to get a job that will help you pay for college or work as a nursing assistant until you decide what it is you want to do after high school. Many of the students insist that want to become doctor's and nurses, but they are not willing to do want it takes.

1 comment:

Rod said...

We here at my school have often had the same conversations about the CTE classes needing to get the recognition that it deserves. Espically when we are told that we (teachers) are limited to only two teachers to go to competitions. Do you think they hold back any football coaches at anytime? Of coarse not.