Ponca Works teamed up with Pioneer Technology Center to bring middle school and high school teachers from the area together in a fun day called TechConnectEd!
Teachers from the area public schools were paired with their students in the student's career tech programs. The students became the teachers for the day, what a switch. A little "Freaky Friday" feeling prevailed as students walked their teachers through the new processes they've been learning in theses hands on career training programs. Teachers were able to see how the students applied book learning in their real world professions.
It was fun to walk to all the classes and see the teachers out of their element costumed in welding gear, or with a power tool. The chemistry teachers were dying hair as the students talked to them about the chemical compounds in the hair dye and how to mix it.
To top off a great day, career tech teachers joined the public school teachers for lunch where a mock lesson plan was worked in groups of 2 teachers from each institution. In true teacher fashion the lesson plan was pushed to the side, as teachers really do make the worst students, but the conversation that occured because of it was worth much more! The combination of the 2 teaching styles really helped both sides figure out best practices for teaching basic principles. Tours were scheduled, classroom presentations were offered, curriculum was shared.
The next part of TechConnectEd is industry tours that will take place the end of May. Exciting to continue to open avenues of conversation and knowledge between education and industry and workforce.
Ponca Works director Liz Leaming shares her musings on the state of workforce in Ponca City, Oklahoma.