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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?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Peter Drucker stated “The most serious mistakes are not being made as a result of wrong answers. The truly dangerous thing is asking the wrong question".  When I think about this quote in the context of the Engineering curriculum and Engineering department I wonder what wrong questions we are asking. One thing that I think is important in CTAE is that we ask ourselves what do the students truly need to know to really make this a career. I have found that in CTAE there is a fine balance between teaching enough content, and providing enough real world experience. If we don't teach enough content they will not be able to pass the industry test, but if they don't have enough experiences they will not be able to function efficiently in the work force.  I think that sometimes when we are making lessons plans we are only asking what does my curriculum map say I need to teach, or what do I really like teaching? I think better questions would revolve around what do students need to learn? Why? How can I teach it to them?

1 comment:

Michelle Pruitt said...

I enjoyed your response and agree completely. I believe sometimes we get in a hurry with our questions. Asking the wrong questions, will most likely be answered with a wrong response There is the possibility of no response at all, I really understand the emphasis on any curriculum being presented, I took a class in high school; although the questions helped, it was the hands-on experience that promoted my choice of a career. No, it was not teaching, You are so correct, better questions regarding the curriculum, along with real world experience is essential. We are responsible for meeting students’ needs in order for students to achieve their goals and become successful.