Magazine article Techniques

Making a Difference

Magazine article Techniques

Making a Difference

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IT HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE TO SERVE AS president of ACTE this year. The opportunity to meet and network with so many individuals who are passionate about career and technical education (GTE) and the students we serve has truly been a rewarding experience. For that opportunity, I say, "Thank you."

The theme for this edition of Techniques is "The Effective CTE Educator." While I could write about the importance of pedagogy, rubrics, planning and more, I would miss the mark if I didn't include something even more important-the opportunity we have as educators to take a personal interest in our students.

It is no secret that one individual had a profound impact on my life and is the reason I chose to become an educator. My agriculture education instructor, Leonard Hunter, was technically competent as an "educator" in every classic sense of the word. He planned in-depth lessons, delivered content in a way that was engaging to students and checked mastery through project-based learning. He effectively used his CTSO-FFA-to motivate and challenge members to excel. Yes, Mr. Hunter was a highly effective teacher, even by today's standards. But that's not what I remember most about his impact on students and, specifically, on me.

My personal story is not unlike that of many students today. Due to the loss of my father to cancer when I was three, I was raised in a single-parent family. While mom did a great job raising three children, I know she could not have done it without the assistance of others who were willing to care about us. …

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