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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?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Teach What You Know!

If a co-worker in CTE moved across the hall from me, the piece of advice I would offer them is: teach what you know, and worry about the rest later. I don’t mean for this advice to come across as a type of “ignore what people tell you”, but I would encourage them to teach the class the way they were taught how to do their job in the industry. One of the benefits of teaching a class with this idea in mind is as a teacher they have the opportunity to focus on the facts: the curriculum, the safety procedures, the basics, the overall goal for the students. Sometimes as teachers we get bogged down, and overwhelmed, with the “extras”: test scores, standards, assessments, TKES, SLO’s. By changing your curriculum to focus on the basic information surrounding your career field, you cut out the garbage and get to show your students what you love about your job. The other reason I would use this as my piece of advice is because there will be plenty of time for others to help perfect the way you teach. You will learn tips and tricks along the way, you will get a better grip on classroom management as time passes, and you will certainly learn some invaluable techniques after going through the NTI program. As an added bonus, I would also show them where the teacher lounge is, since nobody ever showed me. ;)


cortney rae said...

I agree with you Taylor, the first semester is so scary (even if you have been to NTI). Staying within your area of expertise will allow you to learn and grow in areas that are expected of you at your school(and we all know they vary from location to location)!!

Jama said...

This is great advice. Stick to the basics and there's plenty of time to catch on to the rest!

Terry said...

I also totally agree with this advice. Coming from industry gives you such an advantage over other teachers who may be more disconnected time-wise from their experience. I fall back on this often and the students seem to really relate better to your real world stories and occurrences you share with them. If you are lucky enough to be able to bring experience to the classroom, how you teach it seems to come a lot easier.