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Friday, January 31, 2014
I can really only write about the roles and responsibilities of the guidance counselors at my school as they are the only ones I have had the privilege to work with. My impression of their daily activities is one of a multi tasked, on the spot parenting, shoulder to cry on disaster fixer who occasionally gets to work with an upperclassman trying to get accepted into a college. This group does it all. They are versed on specific do and don’ts for easier entry into most colleges and universities. These individuals are also keenly aware of social indicators that can manifest if a child is having personal issues. Many times, they are the ones that get to speak to the student about either school or social issues BEFORE a parent even knows something may be going on. I hold these people in high regard as I watch them attack and defeat issue after issue. I know what they are supposed to do, but, what their actual roles and responsibilities are is much more.
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
I do agree with Prosser’s Theorem 3, especially the end of the statement. “Vocational education should provide the manipulative skills required in the occupation itself” is a specific part of my job as a teacher that I particularly believe in. I interpret this as meaning giving the students “hands on” experience to prepare them for the specific pathway they have chosen. Doing particular aspects of a job yourself is the best way to learn any skill. Some students will learn parts of a skill by watching and others by listening, but, the actual doing is the most beneficial.
One way I introduce hands on skill building is through an assignment which teaches students how to incorporate budgeting into a professional project. In order to prepare them for this project, I have them prepare a personal budget first. This budget is based on yearly salaries with all expenditures assigned specific percentages that cannot be exceeded. The students learn how to break up their income into smaller outgoing pieces and are shown how this corresponds to budgeting for a business project. By the time they are doing the professional project, they have already done one budget and have a better understanding of the process. I believe this type learning is what Prosser is referring to in his Theorem 3 statement.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
One very important fact I have learned as a new CTE teacher is you must source almost all of your material. Whether it is acquired from another more experienced teacher or lessons you have put together from scratch, you are your best bet at putting together teaching material. This is the very first piece of advice I would give to another new(er) CTE teacher. After they have taught these lessons once or twice they can tweak them to make them work for the goals they are trying to accomplish.
I would do this to help them understand a simple fact that was not explained to me any time in my first two years of teaching. That simple fact is this: As long as you are teaching the standards to the students, how you introduce, reinforce and evaluate them is almost completely up to you. This simplistic explanation should save them some time by expanding the areas they can source the information needing to be taught.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Imagine that a new CTE teacher has taken over the program across the hall from you. This teacher came straight out of his/her occupation into teaching and won't be able to begin NTI until the summer. What is one piece of advice (just one) that you would give this person to survive the semester? Why would you choose this piece of advice?