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Work based learning and understanding the changes and enhancements that technology bring is essential to CTE. As we continue to advance in processes and procedures, jobs won't just go away, they will evolve and we, as teachers must evolve along, in order to provide the best instruction for the new generations. 

Students need structure. Students will subconsciously sense when a plan or structure is weak or failing. Planning ahead will help the teacher and the student learn and teach as expected. Having a structured learning and teaching process, like "I do, we do, you do," is much like the fabrication process I developed in the industry. Taking an approach that is tested and trusted will confirm the teacher's place and confidence at the front of the class. 

Critical thinking is an essential skill for all of our students. The more critical thinking I can incorporate on the daily the better my students will get at building that 'muscle' and be better prepared for the work force. 

I'm excited to create engaging approaches to formative assessments with the students. I expect to spend more time engaging with the students to ensure they are learning more than what they will be tested on. Summative assessments are ideal for meeting academic standards and degree requirements, but formative learning will morph into the skills that will give an edge to future leaders.

Not only do we need to connect with the student we need to help them connect with their own interests. They may want to study drafting but don't want to do it as a career. That's ok, but as instructors we can help students find their passion and aim it toward a goal that aligns with their desired skills. We can help them set goals and realistic expectations to best utilize their education.

Information Technology is the way forward for all progressive companies

Team work is the key to the success of any organization

Clear communication is the key to success in any organization

Critical thinking is an important aspect of the education of a student to prepare them for complex life situations and diverse jobs

Healthy rules and boundaries can create good relationships with students which, in turn, helps them succeed in the classroom.

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