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Classroom Connection Tools for Teachers and Students By Tracy Weber AS A CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE) INSTRUCTOR, specifically, a business instructor, I believe it is my duty and responsibility to remain as current as possible for my students. In order to do that, I am constantly searching for ways to incorporate the newest learning trends in my daily lesson plans. I look for professional development that will equip me with the skills and ideas I can use in my classroom immediately. Last spring, a fellow business instructor recommended Powerful Learning Practice (PLP), an online company that provides 21st-century learning courses to teachers. There is a wide array of courses to choose from-anywhere from introductory courses on how to use Twitter or Google Docs to blogging-but the one that appealed to me the most was 21st-Century Lesson Plans. I found the course to be one of the best professional development experiences in my 20 years of teaching business education, and I would like to share some of the ideas and tools I was introduced to. Student-created Grading Rubric One of the best takeaways from the course was to incorporate a student-created grading rubric in my business classes. After introducing a project, I will have students, as their writing assignment for the day, tell me how they think they should be graded 8 Techniques March 2014 at the completion of the project. I then combine their thoughts into one grading rubric. Because they have more of a vested interest in the project, the results and the quality of their projects are outstanding. I remember thinking when the instructor suggested it-why didn't I think of that?! PowToon PowToon is an online presentation/moviecreating Web 2.0 tool-much like Prezi and PowerPoint-that I incorporated into my Personal Finance unit. Working in groups, I had the students demonstrate in a creative way their knowledge on a particular topic from the unit. They were also assessed individually by completing an essay describing what they learned during the unit and how they could apply it to their lives. They were required in both the group project and the essay to give specific examples of when and how what they learned could benefit them. Some examples of my student's work can be seen at PowToon can be used in any class. It could be employed in an English class to demonstrate knowledge of Romeo and Juliet from a student's perspective; in an Agriculture class to demonstrate how to fix an engine or properly fertilize crops/plants;

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACTE Techniques March 2014

Leading Edge
Classroom Connection
Leadership Matters
Capitol View
Q and A
Advocacy: A Dedicated Task
Actions Inspired by Words
Advocacy Saves the Day
Advocacy: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Backyard Advocacy: How Local Business Partners Can Help
Top Five Local Advocacy Tips for Success
Solving the STEM Education Puzzle One Piece at a Time
Research Report
Indside ACTE
Career Curve

ACTE Techniques March 2014