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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?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2 Bosses

This week I would like you to think about CTE program issues. If you could change just ONE THING about your program, what would it be, and WHY? (You may want to post about curriculum, student selection, pathway, industry certification, local school administration, etc.) The one thing I would change about my program is the fact that I have 2 bosses. CTAE have a set of requirements for me and then the principal at my school has another set. What CTAE requires isn't a hassle to complete, what they require together with what my principal and my individual school requires can be a complete nightmare at times. TKES, lesson plans, SST, focus walks, planning period professional developments, multiple indexes (too many to name), data, benchmarks, surveys, morning duty, lunch duty, book study groups, meetings, end-of-pathway assessments, etc. It can all be so overwhelming at times. I would prefer if all CTAE teachers were at their own facility and the student were bused to us. Our labs with expensive equipment would be protected and we would have one boss to give us direction instead of 2 and sometimes conflicting instructions. I don't want to be completely separate but it would make my classroom and teaching career flow a lot better.

1 comment:

cortney rae said...

I am feeling you Courtney. I think if we were allowed to just teach (using the strategies we have learned at NTI), our programs would soar. The stress of everything that is added to our day is a nightmare. I think one day I would like to write curriculum for my program. I feel as though sometimes whoever wrote it has never been to Cosmetology school (and I could be right)!. I would like it if teachers in the CTAE program had more input as to how our programs are designed. We are there to drive the workforce and if we are so bogged down in things that don't make a difference, I find myself wondering WHY am I doing this. That scares be because I have been teaching less than a year. I think if they hire us, they should be confident in our ability of our content area. The big talk is differentiation, yet they want all of us to fit into a cookie cutter mold.