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Friday, January 24, 2014
Theorem 3 stipulates that vocational education should provide students with thinking habits- technical knowledge and scientific and manipulative skills required in the occupation itself. I tend to agree with that definition. As an educator in the CTE classroom, it is my desire to prepare students for the workforce in my field of expertise. If I want to produce students that will be successful in the beauty industry, it is my job to engage students in learning activities that require them to think for themselves and cultivate a skill set that is marketable. My purpose is to take the state standards for my course, digest them and create activities that foster critical thinking skills that relate to on the job training scenarios while advancing hands on skills needed in cosmetology. An example would be the unit I am teaching now...Color Theory. In order for my students to be successful in the salon, they have to identify the natural level of haircolr, the desired level of haircolor, the percentage of gray hair a client may have,and underlying pigments involved. That is serious critical thinking. It is also what seperates the bathroom beauty disasters from the color expert at the salon. In addition to head knowledge, students must be confident in their application skills as well. This is where the manipulative skills comes into play. I tell my kids all of the time that practice makes perfect. I do not allow "I can't" in my classroom. Instead, I offer, "while this may be hard or fustrating, I WILL eventually master it". I think that sums up what Theorem 3 means to me. It is definitely applicaple in vocational education today.