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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 Information and CTE Role

When I was first offered my teaching position, I never gave any thought to how the program was funded. I just assumed that the money came from the local taxpayers.
Now that we have studied the Perkin's legislation, I understand the importance of certification, advisory committee meetings, and overall program documentation that is required.

It also made me consider how fortunate companies are to have a pool of skilled labor that Perkin's money provides. For most companies training is a major expense. Having an employee who is trained in the skill along with a solid understanding of safety and shop rules speeds up the time required to contribute to the bottom line.

Mike Z.


Chef BCY said...

Hey Mike,

Love your post - you summed it up nicely. I agree that Perkins information I reviewed has given me an insight into how funding in the school system is managed. How the history of it was developed first as a vocational education system and how it morphed into what it is today. Over the years Perkins has changed and developed into a system that has matured with the changes in culture within the education system. I agree that companies are lucky to have a pool of skilled labor to select from due the funding from Perkins.

Good post Mike Z.

Tracy Misner said...


I have to agree with everyone here. The pool of money and the commitment gives me more strength to teach knowing I have back up of years and years of successful training.

Rod said...

You are right, companies can save a lot of money just for the basic training. Nothing is free and clear, so it is understandable that we are expected to keep such good documentation.