Every generation is different. Every classroom is different. But today’s generation and classrooms look nothing like 10 years ago. In fact, classrooms change so rapidly these days that education isn’t even the same as it was five years ago. A big part of that is because today’s generation is the first one made of digital natives. They’ve never known a world without the Internet, and they’ve used smartphones since they could practice fine motor skills.
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:
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