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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 27, 2014

Teaching Real World Lessons

Overall I can say I agree with Prosser’s Theorem 3 because it touches on the main points we try to stress to our students in the classroom. He first mentions providing students with thinking habits. As a teacher, I not only discuss the curriculum, making sure to meet the standards, but I also attempt to tech my students what I call “real life lessons”. It is simple for me to demonstrate how to properly save a document or a video file, but I take it a step further in making that simple task more relevant to bigger tasks they may face in the future. I explain that if you trust the computer to save your items wherever it wants, then you will be disappointed when the document it missing the next time you go and look for it. I try and teach them those critical thinking skills, stressing the importance of being smarter than the computer and you (the student) telling it (the computer) what to do. Prosser expounds on thinking habits by pointing out technical knowledge and scientific problem solving skills. As CTE teachers, it is our obligation to teach these kids how to properly use the equipment, and we take that a step further by ensuring they know how to do so safely. When it comes to problem solving skills, the best example I have seen in my classroom is letting the kids make a mistake so they will then learn how to correct it in the future. I don’t let the students fail, but sometimes I will know they are completing a task slightly incorrectly, and I will allow the mistake to be made. After it is said and done, I go back with the student and ask them to describe what they did wrong and how they can fix it. Sometimes the most effective learning takes place when they teach themselves. Finally, the theorem points out the students need to learn the manipulative skills required in the workplace. I feel this is the most important thing we teach them. From filling out a resume, and having a firm handshake, to setting up three-point lighting, and speaking clearly while reading a teleprompter, I make sure that the students coming through the BVP program know what will be expected of them if they choose to pursue a career in this field.


cortney rae said...

I like that you added how you go back to the student for reflection on how they could have done things differently.

chris said...

That is so true, that is the same idea i was discussing in my post. I call it the "why". You are right about going back and making them fix things. There is nothing like having to redo something, to learn a lesson on what not to do. You always think about that the next time you do that task or part of a job. Great life lesson.