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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 9, 2013

Great Preparation = Great Success

A person once said "It's better to be prepared and not have the opportunity than to have the opportunity and not be prepared." That saying has stuck with me every since I heard it. How is it that CTAE teachers are given the job but not the preparation that comes with it. I feel the money given should be allocated to a year of mentoring programs. The CTAE mentors should also go through training on how to properly guide the mentees. The funding should also go towards the first year CTAE teachers to help them purchase what's needed for their classroom. They should be awarded funds for continuing education throughout the school year. The students need funding as well. I hear a lot of teachers having to do fun raisers at the beginning of the year because their department barely received money to make the program successful. How do you expect the kids to excel if they are not giving the necessary tools to succeed. If the CTAE department was treated more like the core classes, I don't think we would even be having this discussion.

1 comment:

Brandon said...

Sivad, you make some very important points and I think the quote you provided at the beginning is very relevant. I think more attention needs to be paid to the fact that CTAE teachers are trained in their field first and foremost, and that learning teaching requires its own education. More money should be allocated to this, and available to be sure that we have high quality programs in the CTAE programs.