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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, February 13, 2011


In the first year of being a CTAE educator I have came to find that Perkins funds have been spent by the wrong parties in my county. I was under the impression that Perkins funds were allotted to schools that have students participating in the CTAE pathways. I had no clue that each student that is in my program represents a certain dollar amount up to a give amount per class. That amount is to be used in the CTAE pathway that the student registered, not by the school as it sees fit for other uses. Its no wonder I hadn't had food to cook with in labs. Looking at all of the detailed documentation that is required I have no idea how they have managed to get away with such poor spending. Last year we got a new cte person at the county level and he stopped all spending of Perkins funds at the school level. All purchases had to meet his approval. I didn't get it then but I do now. This just stuck out in my mind because we encountered a drastic change in spending between my first two years and now things are much clearer for me. Given our tight budgets we cant afford to have one dollar misspent

We have a unique responsibility as CTAE and CTSO advisers. Its our responsibility to know how the Perkins Legislation works so that we can get the most of what we are being given. Our programs need this legislation. I think we're all better advocates for or programs and Perkins given our new knowledge.

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