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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 29, 2013

Make the Connection

When it comes to my class, I make an attempt to tie together things they learn in science an math to real world situations. I hook the students with the promise of electrical experiments, melting metal, and having the opportunity be involved in a little controlled destruction. Most will usually catch an interest in one of those topics. If there is a students that still feels a little distraught about their class placement I revert to their career project we begin with at the beginning of the year and try to connect some part of my program to their "Dream Job" or the alternate they gave in the project. If all else fails, I bring up the money possibilities in the career fields and the option of a career at Pratt and Whitney (a large supporter of my program) a local air craft engine manufacturer that offers to pay for up to a masters degree for any of their employees.

1 comment:

Shirley said...

I agree Trenton. I believe as CTE teachers, we have the advantage of relating real life scenarios that tie into some form of our students lives. Whether they are actively involved in them now or later, at some point our profession plays a huge role in society.

The other side is that if students are not motivated or feel they still don't need to take our course, their friends or family may still need our services. In this case, our students should be able to intellectually talk about what they've learned or point them in the right direction.