*All teachers have a role in students graduating from high school. My role in student graduation is the hands-on activities that I deliver to my students, as well as other instruction in technology. Through my course, students learn different types of engineering, building, and technology skills that will spark interest in a variety of career fields. By understanding these career fields, students will then know what courses to take in high school and if other schooling past high school is needed. Students complete a Career Development Plan in order to set goals for high school and beyond. Students also work on math and science skills which can help students succeed in those in other areas.
*I use data to understand the skills and abilities of students, almost every day. This is usually in the form of a warm-up type of activity. Warm-ups will either, assess knowledge learned from the previous day, or assess prior-knowledge before a lesson. These warm-ups tell me if more or less instruction is needed in a particular area. A variety of assessment data is used, including warm-ups, quizzes, student demonstrations, and SMART Response systems.
*I have established a safe and orderly classroom. This has been accomplished by the classroom rules, and the safety procedures for projects. Students are required to take and pass a safety test (with a score of 100). Further safety instruction is based, in part, on safety test scores. Parents are also required to sign safety contracts before students can begin working with tools. Safety and classroom rules are posted in a highly visible place. Students are encouraged to collaborate with most projects. This is accomplished by using group work, partnered shop use, and individual projects where students are allowed to help each other.