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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 12, 2011

New Incite

It is always important to know where you came from. The history of Career and Technical Education along with the class on Perkins legislation helped me grasp a better understanding of the purpose of the career technical programs. As I look at how the CTAE program expanded based on the economic and work force needs, we are basically back at some of the same roads that helped ignite the expansion of the CTAE programs. Specifically, during this economically challenging time, we are faced with people in need of jobs; but, jobs were there are not enough qualified people to fill them. As I was listening to one of the economic analyst career forecast, the comment was made that there are many jobs however the applicants do not have the proper education and skills to fulfill the positions. They went on to forecast that our lack of skilled workers will be critical in the next five to ten years. One suggestions was to increase the marketability of students coming out of high school.

That is what CTAE does: we are to help the students guaduate with a marketable skill, prepare them for the work force or to enter a post secondary program ( technical or college). The Perkins Legislation provides funding for the CTAE programs. These funds are to help the CTAE build up quality programs that will provide skilled instructors and resources to ensure that students have the best opportunity, to not only be marketable but competitive in the technical work force that is already here. I understand that our class is not just an "elective" but has an essential role in helping to cultivate a trained, skilled and educated group of individuals that are diverse and ready for all opportunities; rather it be work force, entrepreneurial endeveors and or furthering their education.

My only concern is, because we are in such a critical time and funding is available, why is it that so many people are just given a key with no directions on how to operate these wonderful CTAE programs? It seems to me, if we look back and use the knowledge and funding wisely, we could really offer our students more opportunites for successful careers.


Mike Z said...


I like the last portion of your blog regarding having a key and no direction.
The more I interface with teachers in my field the more I see this.

Mike Z.

Kristie said...

I agree that we are more than just an elective. The leg up we provide them in going forth in their future is worth more to these kids. When they are able to get that head start it shows them a path for their future and that some one care about them doing well.