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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?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Falbe: Week of 1/28/2013 History of CTAE

Based on conversation from last week, it appears that CTAE has made some note-worthy improvements that I would expect to appear in future conversations about CTAE.  As a student who struggled in school myself, I am a huge advocate of the CTAE program. While I always did well in school, it was not always interesting to me. The CTAE program is essential (particularly in a time when college graduates are not able to find jobs) in order to get students into the work place "work-ready", with the skills and aptitudes that they need to be successful. Not that these students will not attend college, but the work ready skills taught in the CTAE setting not only prepare them for success in high school, but give them the means to work while they are in college in order to support themselves while in school. Myself being a 20 something, struggling to find find a job despite my college degree, I can see how valuable the opportunities and skills taught in the CTAE program are.  I also think that the experiences the students get are valuable in that they expose them to things so that they can find an interest. Teaching (and even Engineering) are not what my Bachelor's is in. I feel that had I had more experience (like in the CTAE setting) I could have found my aptitude for Engineering much quicker and therefore pursued that path more quickly. 

Overall I would hope that the talk about CTAE would be centered on the application of real life work skills, along with the knowledge and exposure to real-world problems, and machinery. 

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