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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?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

CTE History Today and Tomorrow

What I would like to see written in the history books about today’s CTE (College and Technical Education) environment is that it has continued to evolve in positive ways and that it remains relevant and fresh.  I would like to read that is has become a mainstream way to approach education versus the traditional “optional” approach to preparing students for the next big step in their lives. CTE has made great strides in the right direction as current history books have pointed out, but it should be always open to change. Just as we discovered and discussed in our last class, CTE is no longer recognized as just “vocational” classes for those students who traditionally would not be successful in their attempt to be accepted into a secondary educational institution. CTE is a successful tool for all students to take advantage of!
History has shown us the relevancy of vocational training to meet the demands of our ever changing economic climates. History has also shown us that it has had to “grow up” or change to meet these demands.  Our current technology evolution continues to support the need CTE training in all fields. As new CTE teachers, we are seeing this first hand! An example for me is that on an almost weekly basis in our school we have community business representatives visit and the message is the same: “We have jobs but we need educated and trained people”. They are not looking for just the traditional college graduate but for the skills trained graduate as well. Current media sources have reported that indeed, CTE training is even more relevant in today’s markets and that these types of programs are producing students that are readily employed in numbers that out-number the traditional college graduates!
My final thought is that I as I stated earlier, CTE is relevant and important today and should continue to be so in the future. What I would like future history books to state is that it is the mainstream method of education along with the academics and more importantly that we finally got it right!

1 comment:

Chef Tiffany said...

Theresa, I like the way you said this. This is what I was trying to say! In our last online session (of what I heard), I was surprised at the thought process of those who put the Acts into place. It doesn't take much time for us to get away from what was put into place originally. It seems with every Act, they recognized a significant need for CTE. It has truly evolved with the workforce. Finally getting it right would be that CTE is widely accepted and encouraged. I struggle with why people don't see it for the benefit that it is. Employers and (CTE) educators are the majority of the believers. I think the students (maybe more so in hindsight) also see the importance of CTE. This makes me appreciate more and more the efforts that are being taken through legislation.