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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

Skills for self improvement not just a class....

I believe that CTAE is just as important in education as the academic classes.  For those students that do not wish to be math teachers or history majors, career tech classes give them options for great futures.  Not every student wants to go to a four year college.  Teaching a student how to perform skills learned in CTAE classes gives them a jump start to a career choice.  By taking these types of classes in high school, a student can "try out" a field before investing years of college only to find out that it may not be for them.  At the same time, if a student does go to college, they may have learned a skill that they can use to make money while in college.  I tell my students that they can learn how to cut hair, do a set of nails or even apply makeup and do those in their dorm room and earn some extra money.  Several students have told me that if it was not for my class they would have quit high school. 

1 comment:

Cassandra M said...

I agree with you, Donna. In addition to teaching job and career skills, CTE courses help to build esteem and give students something to look forward to. Not all students do well in academic and core classes, and CTE courses can serve them well on so many levels! I have seen numerous times how students with average or even below average achievement in academic courses do well in CTE courses. This can serve to set them up for the future, helping them get jobs, be more confident, and as you stated, even give them the drive to persevere and complete high school.