Employ innovative learning methods to educate Generation Z students

Back to school took on a whole new meaning in 2020–21. Across the country, teachers are working hard to: Navigate rapidly changing educational environments. Establish a “new normal” for themselves and their students. Although recent research shows that students prefer face-to-face l...

E-learning Technical Vocabulary (Part 8): Vocabulary Grid

Vocabulary Grid is part eight in an eight-part series on e-learning technical vocabulary systems. Read part one, part two, part three, part four, part five, part six and part seven. Explore relationships. This eight-part vocabulary series has focused on meaningful ways to deepen student understand...

E-learning Technical Vocabulary (Part 7): Word Tree

Word Tree is part seven in an eight-part series on e-learning technical vocabulary systems. Read part one, part two, part three, part four, part five and part six. Advanced literacy skills help students learn more, in any subject. The problem is, you may not have time to teach reading and writing...
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E-learning Technical Vocabulary (Part 4): Refine and Define

Refine and Define is part four in an eight-part series on e-learning technical vocabulary systems. Read part one, part two and part three. Embrace complexity. Contemporary students need is critical literacy. Critical literacy empowers the reader to question the author’s perspective and motives (...

E-learning Technical Vocabulary (Part 3): Forced Lab Conversations

This is part three in an eight-part series on e-learning technical vocabulary systems. Read part one and part two. When I first encountered professional development on the concept of disciplinary literacy, I thought, It’s made for CTE! Built on “the idea that literacy and text are specializ...

E-learning Technical Vocabulary (Part 2): Note Card Chunking

This is part two in an eight-part series on e-learning technical vocabulary systems. Read part one. Career and technical education (CTE) teachers have quickly adapted to leading lectures, discussion and question-and-answer sessions in virtual classrooms. They have replaced traditional learning en...

E-learning Technical Vocabulary (Part 1): Annotation & Numbered Heads

Are you searching for ways to increase student participation in your virtual classroom sessions? We might have an answer for you. Consider e-learning sessions from the student lens. Some students have video and some only have audio, which can inhibit full participation. Also keep in mind that mos...

Teaching Strategy: SWOT Analysis

Establishing routines wherein students continually face formative tasks can boost achievement tremendously. The frequent use of formative assessments such as the SWOT analysis technique is recommended when you, the CTE teacher, want to push your students further. SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesse...

Teaching Strategy: Got 30 Seconds? Talk About It.

Career and technical education (CTE) students are asked to learn hundreds of new concepts and technical terms every year. How can CTE teachers know when their students have processed the learning correctly? How can we catch thinking errors when they occur? The answer is simple: Frequently check for...

Teaching Strategy: Start Strong! Captivate Students on Day One

Imagine you are a high school junior the morning of your first day at your new career tech center. Maybe you’ve enrolled in a half-day automotive, culinary, computer programming or health careers program. What do you envision? How do you hope the day will go? Do you hope to learn differently than ...