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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?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Success is when...

This week, we toured Tanner Medical. They partner with our school and hire students as unpaid interns. Initially you would think only the medical students attend. However, HVAC, Graphic Arts, Marketing, Information Technology and Culinary were all able to attend. Once we had our tour of the kitchen and bistro, the kitchen manager talked to the kids about the intern opportunities that are available to them. It became real to them when they saw and heard the story of the 2 tour guides one of which is 18 who was currently working there full-time and running the Bistro. This was all possible because of the same exact program they are currently in. The manager discussed the importance of a strong work ethic and having the proper attire. With me coming in after their old chef, I believe they didn't think I knew what I was talking about or maybe just wasn't ready to hear from me yet. As I listened to them mumble as the tour ended, many of them said "Chef, he sounded just like you! The next day, the counselor stopped by to hand out sign up sheets for the Tanner opportunity. I have never heard them asking questions with such genuine interest in their future. I think, added together, everything made the light bulb turn on pretty bright. Some signed up for Tanner, others signed up for the Carrollton Club (an assisted living facility) and other pathway completers decided to take a 2nd pathway. THAT is what it is about....Success is when preparation meets opportunity (and the light bulb goes off) then I look back and say, I actually had a small part to play in all of that. This really is the life!

1 comment:

Tony Atchison said...

Hi Chef,

Success is when you expose students to real life opportunities. It gives them a better perspective of what industry is really about. They also can identify with people about their same age who is advancing in their chosen pathway. By allowing students to see what takes place in the front and back of the house gives them a clear understanding of what they will do.

Believe it or not you have just inspired a student to go further in their career objectives. Kudos to you Chef Tiffany!