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It is very important an an educator  that we provide the students with not only the environment that will allow the students to explore and develop their critical thinking skills but we initiate and provide the thought provoking ideas. This means that as the educator we need to utilize the language frequently so that the students can become a custom not only to the meaning of the words but it also triggers additional ways in which those terms can be used to provide thoughts. 

Productive talk could be beneficial in the learning process.

I think that understanding what the end looks like, it is easier to break it down into bite size chunks for students.  Just winging it will not get you to the end result with confidence.  It might, but it will more than likely to by accident.  

I think that learning about summative assessments and understanding industry needs will be key to ensuring that my CTE program teaches the students valuable skills needed to perform in their new chosen field.

I like that they are giving us links to websites that we can come back to later so that we can use them in our classrooms.

I enjoyed learning about the different ways in which technology can be integrated to enhance our teaching. I also enjoyed learning about the QFT. Students own their learning when they feel heard and having them guide the discussion will result in increase student engagement. 

Problem solving and critical thinking refers to the ability to use knowledge, facts, and data to effectively solve problems. This doesn't mean you need to have an immediate answer, it means you have to be able to think on your feet, assess problems and find solutions.

I particularly like the thirty second talk, as it forces students to be accountable and focus on the topic. In  addition, students are required  to switch position, listener - talker, talker-listener, so students don't get a free ride, they have to participate in the activity. The group of 2 lessens students attempt to be just part of the group and depend on other students to contribute while they remain passive and just make up numbers.

A combination of hard skills, soft skills and IT or technology application skills will provide for a well rounded result. It isn't enough now or moving forward to be one dimensional. For example, for a welder to be rigid in their craft in such a manner as only focusing on welding without having favorable personality traits that compliment their craft might cause customers to seek welding services elsewhere. In contrast, a person with sales and marketing expertise that gives little consideration to the technical and vocational value of the welder might not be able to make the sale. The same… >>>

Working in teams can also eliminate the so-called "work" component from - work. Example, if any number of individuals is not pleased with a related project individually, pulling and pooling individual resources might result in a favorable result thereby creating a more harmonious work environment. 

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