With the goal of preparing students for college & career – high school students benefit from connecting academic courses with career technical education (CTE) training. Applying theory and abstract concepts to concrete activities enhances opportunities for engagement. Learning becomes experiential and for many students, this is how they practice new 21 Century skill sets.
As a special education teacher, I know first hand the power of hands on activities to bring clarity to a complicated new concept. Take riding a bicycle. We don’t learn to ride a bike by reading about it, learning the parts of the bike, how to master the breaks, and the theory of balancing your body by reading about it- we learn by doing! Apply this concept to nursing, welding, machine tool technology, construction, video production, as well as a host of other course offerings. I am getting the word out about the power of CTE.