FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. – Competitions you will see at the office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools annual career skills challenge that might not have the flash and sparkle of something like welding – but is just as important – careers in education.
“It gives them an opportunity to take off and shine and show off their CTE (Career and Technical Education) skills that they have been honing in their CTW/ROP (Regional Occupational Program) courses and get to do it in a competitive way,” said administrator Valerie Vuicich.
“I think it’s important for us to have new students coming up to become new teachers,” teacher Carolyn Scott said.
So a team from Kerman High School demonstrated to judges how they would create a hook – something creative to grab a kids attention in the classroom.
“If you don’t catch their attention you’re not going to get them into the lesson; they’re not going to want to pay attention; they’re not going to want to learn,” student Kayla Delgado said.
These are education standards they learn in their classrooms as students in the careers in education pathway at Kerman High.
They also observe teachers working at every grade level. And during the second semester, students like 17-year-old Paola Lopez actually work in the classrooms.
“Being a part of it and like teaching my…