Are you considering transitioning to digital curriculum for your CTE program? While there are many benefits that teachers, students, and even administrators receive from using a digital CTE curriculum, there are some issues as well. When reviewing our eLearning curriculum, CTE teachers have expressed worry about some specific challenges such as:
As a CTE curriculum provider, teachers often ask us for ideas on how best to use eLearning curriculum in their classroom. While we know every classroom and set of students is unique, one option we suggest is a flipped classroom approach. When we share this, some teachers ask questions like “What is a flipped classroom?” and “What are the benefits of a flipped classroom?”
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As a CTE curriculum developer, CTE teachers often come to us when looking for new curriculum. These teachers are sometimes unsure of what type of instructional materials will work best for their classroom, asking questions such as: “Is eLearning the right choice for me?” and “How is eLearning different than using the lessons I create myself?" eLearning is becoming a top choice for many CTE teachers, but we understand it can be difficult to decide if you don’t know if it would work for you. The good thing is there are many benefits of eLearning that CTE instructors are experiencing.
As a CTE curriculum developer, very often our team speaks with CTE administrators to better understand their struggles and those of their teachers. A common thread to these conversations is high teacher turnover. Most of these instructors have moved from an industry career to teaching and are faced with unfamiliar situations for which they have not been trained. Here’s one example from a health science instructor in Marion County, Florida:
For CTE educators, finding time to learn about their field and think of new ideas is difficult, especially when it involves traveling. Because we work with thousands of educators across the United States, we want to help them any way we can. Jim Schultz, President of AES, attended the ACTE VISION 2016 Conference and would like to give an overview of the conference to help you stay informed and be inspired by others in your field.
So you left your industry career to teach. Admirable! But what is it really like for new CTE teachers? While I'd love to say rainbows, unicorns, and engaged students, I hope we all know better! But while it's certainly not all bad, there are a few things that new CTE teachers should be prepared for when stepping into the classroom.