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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?

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mixed Emotions

I have mixed emotions about this theorem. I do agree that Vocational education is not for everyone. There are some folks that are not hands on learners and/or performers. They would rather sit in an office behind a computer working with numbers instead of people or their hands. The portion of the theorem I am struggling with states that individuals "are able to profit from it". While the goal of Vocational education is to produce a highly trained workforce, not every student that goes through the Vocational education process will wind up in the field that they studied. If that is the case, does it mean that the student who received a Vocational education is not a success because they are not earning a living via that education? I believe that vocational education produces well rounded individuals that can succeed in a vocational or cerebral environment. Anyone that chooses Vocational education will learn soft skills, customer service skills, and money management skills in addition to the specialty tied to their degree. The experience of Vocational education is a profitable one even if you choose not to enter the field of your study.

1 comment:

LRS said...

I didn't think about it that way, but very true, often times the students trained in my area don't find employment in the field. They definitely can use the career ready skills to pursue any career so I'd consider that to still be profitable. It's acceptable to be on the fence with this theorem but i was too far over to agreeing with it to even consider that the statement could be viewed in another way. I like that you truly though about both sides of this. I find that difficult sometimes. I guess because i can't even imagine sitting behind a desk, working in a career that wasn't vocational. I've though many times about what I'd do if I weren't a teacher or I wasn't a graphic designer. I think I'd still want to take on another career in the vocational area… maybe a mechanic.