Magazine article Techniques

What Eboni Chillis Said? in Last Month's Issue of Techniques, We Asked Readers to Send in a Best Practice, Opinion or Scenario as It Relates to Their Students and the Maker Movement. below, Eboni Shares a Time When a Student Surprised Her with His Ingenuity

Magazine article Techniques

What Eboni Chillis Said? in Last Month's Issue of Techniques, We Asked Readers to Send in a Best Practice, Opinion or Scenario as It Relates to Their Students and the Maker Movement. below, Eboni Shares a Time When a Student Surprised Her with His Ingenuity

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A recent graduate from a CTE program shared with me a story about his experience and his ability to create (make) things he never imagined or believed he could. He was first enrolled in a CTE program in the 10th grade, but he had no true ambitions or interest in this particular pathway. In one of his classes he was assigned the task of pitching his business plan. As he took the time to prepare for the pitch, he told me that this life changed forever.

His imagination and creativity allowed him to devise a gaming app for autistic students to calm their anxiety of test-taking. See, he wanted his brother, who is autistic, to enjoy and find passion in learning, too. This student said to me, "Why make learning or even test-taking such an uncomfortable experience? I am okay with hard work, but why did school always feel like if I didn't do it the prescribed way, I failed or wouldn't make it? …

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