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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 3, 2013

CTE gives students options for their future...

What I would like to see go down in the history books about CTE in our environment is that it gives students real options for their future. I have heard the same question repeated in each of my classes during the first few weeks of classes. That question is " when are we going to do more hands on"? It is clear that students are ready and willing to begin actively working immediately upon entering the CTE courses.  They look forward to these classes and make often make comments about it being their favorite or best class. I have observed that some students score significantly higher on their progress reports in their CTE classes than they do in many of their core classes.
When it comes to students' interest in specific topics/standards I have entertained many meaningful questions that demonstrated higher ordered thinking when feedback and clarification were given to these questions. The excitement and level of participation that I have observed from my students when they are given assignments that require application of knowledge gained is nothing less than exhilirating. Lastly, I believe that CTE gives students options to gain certifications to begin work immediately following secondary education  and/or the abilility to build on a great foundation laid that can help them excel in college level courses to obtain careers. One example of this would be for a student to become certified as a Nursing Assistant (CNA) while in high school and then go on to complete a four year bachelor of science degree to become a Registered Nurse while working in the healthcare field gaining invaluable experience as a CNA.

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