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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

History repeats itself if we allow it

 What would you like written in the history books about CTE in today's environment? Is it still needed? Is it relevant? Support your answer.

Several years ago a veteran pilot who was shot down over Vietnam wrote a story titled "Who Packed your parachute?" With CTE it should be. "Who fixes your Car? Who built your house ? etc"

After only a small amount of research into the history of CTE you can see where the founders of the CTE movement saw the need then as well as now for a strong program.It is amazing how history repeats itself when people forget that we ALL will enter the work force and that college is not for everyone.

The mission of education is to prepare students for the future . CTE programs prepare students for the future work force now. In High Schools the CTE program also supports academic subjects and have proven to lower drop-out rates. CTE programs also cater to the hands-on learner and helps keep them in school.


Akisa Hurst said...

Ken, you would think that I read your post before I wrote mine, but I did not. I think that the overall benefit of CTE is to prepare students for the workplace, and that benefit alone should require of government on the local, state, and federal levels. Back when I was in high school, I took a few health occupations classes, and it was during one of those classes that I decided that I wanted to my health care my career. I think I would consider myself to be somewhat of a CTE success story.

Ken said...

Akisa, Thanks for the comment. It was called Vo Tech when I was in school and like you I consider myself a CTAE/ Vo Tech success story. The classes I took in Vo Tech showed a connection with the academic classes when the teachers could not. I retired at 39 and had a short career afterward that greatly influenced my desire to become a teacher. Now when I retire I will have at least five checks every month. Feels great to know that.