Review: Career and Technical Education (CTE) Resources

books-659690_1280Very few products we reviewed are specific to Texas or include direct references to the TEKS in teacher and/or student materials. However, some products contain supplemental resources, such as lesson plans and correlation documents, to help Texas teachers plan TEKS-aligned instruction. Surprisingly, some products that include Texas in their titles (e.g., Pearson’s “Texas Manufacturing Welding”) do not include references to the TEKS. This is likely due to the fact that many CTE products, while suitable for high school instruction, are designed to meet the needs of community college students and students in career and technical schools. [Read more…]

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A Thank You to My Teachers

Thank YouDuring Teacher Appreciation week, I often hear of the amazing teachers that turn lives around. I read stories that inspire and motivate.  But, there are many more untold stories of the impact that a good teacher has over the span of their career in education.  And as I reflect on my experience as a student, I would like to thank all of the teachers from Rockwall ISD. [Read more…]

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The Ripple Effect of Supporting New Teachers

One tRipple Effecteacher I would like to thank is Ms. Anita Johnson, who taught English at Dallas ISD’s J.L. Long Middle School in the 1980s. Ms. Johnson was my supervising teacher when I completed a semester of student teaching in 1986.  Ms. Johnson taught me how to structure a lesson, plan for contingencies, and use an overhead projector. More than that, she taught me the gentle balance that is classroom management—the importance of being kind, fair, and firm. [Read more…]

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