Group Action Research

Posted on Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Professional Development

At a Glance Instructors at Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) collaborated to conduct a Group Action Research project that tracked the use of the flipped learning instructional strategy in their labs. Description BCTC’s differentiated observation system provides instructors the option to participate in alternatives to traditional clinical observations which can last one to two … Continue reading Group Action Research

U.S. Army Website Used to Support Student Achievement

Posted on Categories Career Development & Postsecondary Prep, Online Learning Tools & Resources

At a Glance Three CTE programs at Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School (BAVTS) utilized the U.S. Army’s March2Success website to help prepare students for standardized exams. Description The U.S. Army’s website, found at www.march2success.com, provides access to courses, materials and resources to prepare students and other individuals for standardized tests, support their academic achievement, help them … Continue reading U.S. Army Website Used to Support Student Achievement

Collins Weekly Writing Routine to Improve Content Retention

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration

At a Glance Instructors at Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) implement a weekly routine of student-written formative assessments to improve student retention of technical content. Description DCTS instructors teach students how to write and answer content questions that require higher order thinking skills to help them retain and apply academic content. The weekly routine began … Continue reading Collins Weekly Writing Routine to Improve Content Retention

Masonry Project Based Learning Activity

Posted on Categories Employability Skills, Project-based Learning, Student Engagement

At a Glance Students in the masonry program at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI) participated in a project based learning activity to deepen their understanding of various arch styles and to hone their research and presentation skills. Description The LCTI masonry instructor implemented a project based learning activity on arch styles for students to … Continue reading Masonry Project Based Learning Activity

Project Based Learning in Pre-Engineering

Posted on Categories Project-based Learning, Student Engagement

At a Glance Pre-Engineering students at Warren County Career Center (WCCC) participate in a project based learning experience to apply what they learn in lab to a “real world” challenge. Description WCCC pre-engineering instructor Dan Passmore uses a design challenge to expose all students to the current and diverse technologies available for their use in … Continue reading Project Based Learning in Pre-Engineering

Intergenerational Training through Alternative Scheduling

Posted on Categories Classroom Management, Parent Engagement, Student Engagement

At a Glance Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) offers adult education students the opportunity to participate in secondary CTE programs alongside high school students. The intergenerational training is provided through an extended-day schedule for the adult education students. Description The HVAC programs at CPI generally was fully subscribed for both the secondary … Continue reading Intergenerational Training through Alternative Scheduling

Equipment Orientation and Proficiency Log

Posted on Categories Classroom Assessments, Classroom Management

At a Glance The Culinary Arts program at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI) created a Foodservice Equipment Orientation and Proficiency Log to document student sign-offs for each piece of equipment in the lab. Description Safety is of the utmost importance in every lab at LCTI. With the amount of equipment in the culinary lab, … Continue reading Equipment Orientation and Proficiency Log

Teaching Human Anatomy with Virtual Reality

Posted on Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Student Engagement, Technology Integration

At a Glance At Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI), the cosmetology teacher used virtual reality to make a theory-heavy unit on human anatomy and physiology more engaging and approachable for students. Description The LCTI cosmetology instructor wanted to find a way to better engage students during the human anatomy and physiology unit. They seemed … Continue reading Teaching Human Anatomy with Virtual Reality

Encouraging Instructional Best Practices through Competitions and Games (Gamification)

Posted on Categories Academic/Technical Skill Integration, Professional Development

At a Glance The Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) instructional coaches developed Gamification, an inter-staff competition designed to encourage teachers to implement best instructional practices. Description To encourage teachers to work with instructional coaches and to promote the use of best practices, DCTS instructional coaches implement an optional professional staff competition called Gamification. The competition … Continue reading Encouraging Instructional Best Practices through Competitions and Games (Gamification)

Facilitating Team Building through “Escape Room” Games

Posted on Categories Misc. Lesson Plans & Ideas, Online Learning Tools & Resources, Student Engagement

At a Glance Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS) instructors use “escape room” games to increase student engagement and to help strengthen team building skills in students. Description For the 2018-2019 school year, the primary instructional goal at DCTS is to increase student engagement. To move towards achieving this goal, the faculty can use Breakout EDU, … Continue reading Facilitating Team Building through “Escape Room” Games