Happy New Year! January is an interesting time of the year. New Year resolutions are made. Some are kept. And some are not. Although we reach our lowest temperatures of the year, spring approaches. There is much anticipation for new beginnings. It is also an interesting time for school districts. For most, it marks the start of the spring semester. Students and staff have returned from the winter recess and are energized to complete the school year with continued success.
As a “baby boomer” education today is much different from when I went to high school. Gone are the days when we sat in rows and read aloud from textbooks. The lesson plans of yester-year contained exercises that would measure my rote memory. My, how things have changed! No longer do we hear “what do you want to do when you grow up?” Instead, students today hear, “what problems do you want to solve?” The expectations educators have these days are to prepare students for jobs that don’t even exist. However, since time flies so fast, those jobs will be here before we know it and to prepare today’s student for tomorrow’s workforce, the Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma (STEDY) has arisen.
As any teacher can tell you, they spend a lot of time on thinking. They spend a lot of time planning, assessing and evaluating thinking. And as an educator for nearly 30 years, I too have done my share of thinking about thinking. But, you don’t need to be a teacher to enjoy thinking about thinking.
Look how far we’ve come! As we approach the end of our school year, we were reflecting on how far, how fast we have progressed this year. STEDY has come to the completion of our first year in operation. With that, please see some of the things we were up to in our first year. While the list below is broad, it is not complete. To mention everything STEDY has accomplished would be tedious. Many items on the list may seem rather negligible, never-the-less they are a “first” and represent a landmark for STEDY....