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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, March 17, 2013

Falbe: Open Mic

This week I took my students on a field trip. This is my second year taking my engineering classes on a field trip to Standridge Color Corp. to show the students the true potential of the equipment in our lab. The students work with the equipment that fits on a tabletop and cut plastic and steel but when they go on the trip the equipment is ten to twenty times bigger and is cutting stainless steel and aluminum.  Standridge is a company that produces plastic color pelts, sleeves, and silk. They produce material for diapers, Mountain Dew bottles, the soles of Nike shoes, nurse gowns, and many other things that contain plastic. The companies ask for specific types of plastic, then Standridge produces it in pelts, and the company melts it down to the product.
The most impressive thing about the company is that they build and maintain all their equipment on site so they don’t have to rely on outside factories to build parts. Standridge buys the materials and uses the same machines that we have in the classroom to replace broken parts. The students are always surprised at the size of the equipment and its what it can do. The company also has water jets that have the capability to cut through 6 inches of stainless steel.
Overall the field trip helps give the student an idea on what the equipment in our classroom can do. Last year we went on the trip and one of my students brought his resume and got a job at Standridge and is working there his senior year as a senior. They started him off at $15.00 an hour and he has been promoted since he started. I also had another senior start in January at the same rate. The company believes in hiring high school level employees because it allows them to be modeled easier than college level.   Overall this was a great experience for my students. I think in CTAE it is so important to expose the students to the applications of the classroom lessons, and field trips seem to be a great way to do this.

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