Remarkable Program, Remakable Teacher

We recently held our Georgia chapter of NACAT (http://www.nacat.org) conference and training session at Savannah Tech. (http://www.savannahtech.edu/ ) Our chapter meeting was held at Effingham Career Academy, (http://tinyurl.com/3ndcqs8) where Keith Cornell is the AYES (www.ayes.org) automotive instructor. Keith gave us a tour of his new lab and classroom, showing us many of the innovative ideas he has put in place. With one year of teaching at this new facility Keith has road tested and improved many of his designs for improving student learning in a school to work classroom and lab.

Fig #1. Keith uses single roll a round tool boxes for each task area. This one contains the special tools needed for brake service. The inventory control and ease of use by adopting this method of tool use will pay off in increased time on task for the students engaged in brake service in the lab.

Fig #2. Keith designed the tool set inventory control for all the tool sets. Color coded general tool sets for each student team. Lots of time invested to do this but the pay off is worth the effort when student learning is increased.

Fig #3. Clean and well organized lab will insure students will know how the 21st century work place is supposed to look and be kept with housekeeping skills learned here.

Fig #4. Keith modified and designed this cabinet with each class a drawer for safety glasses for each student. The importance of safety with our students can not be compromised or neglected by the instructor.

Fig #5. We did note one fire extinguisher that may have been out of date? Routine safety inspections by the Business and Education Advisory Committee will insure compliance with all Federal, State and local safety regulations.

Fig #6. Cover over emergency power cut prevents accidental interruption of service.

Fig#7 The lab at Effingham Career Academy is bright, clean and well organized. The students learn work ethics as they operate the shop to reflect the best example of the modern dealership and service center.

Fig #8. The lab is well planned so that everything has a place and a place for everything. When things are organized from the start then students will learn the habits that employers will want.

Here is link to video of Keith sharing his stadium seating classroom with the Georgia Auto Teachers.

As I toured the lab and classroom of this remarkable automotive program I was impressed with many of the innovative and creative ideas put into practice of the learning environment. I did not see anything that could not be replicated or adopted by anyone’s program. Even in programs with no or low budget some of the ideas would use existing items to create or replicate the idea. I visit a lot of schools around the US and meet a lot of teachers. I visit schools that have limited resources, disadvantaged students and students with more problems than I will mention today. The defining truth is this; The teacher makes the difference in the learning environment. Several years ago I attended a conference when I first started teaching and the presenter had this handout. I can not recall him today or I would give credit to that presenter.

He told stories and spoke of teachers he knew and students he had taught. He made a lasting impression on me and my teaching. I will share a copy of the handout he gave us.

Characteristics of remarkable Teachers

  • They are lifelong learners
  • They seek excellence
  • They have gifts to share
  • They are encouragers
  • They are called out to teach
  • They are positive people

 

  • They are life changers

  • They love their craft

  • They see the gifts of others

  • They mix stories and humor to connect

  • They champion their students

  • They teach from the heart and the mind

 

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2 Responses to “Remarkable Program, Remakable Teacher”

  1. Becki Ellis Says:

    Hello,
    I am very impressed with the set up of this classroom. This teacher has placed student learning and interaction high on his list. I love the stadium seating in the room. It is so important for the students in my class to feel directly involved with the lesson or I lose them. I recently began teaching automotive technology in NJ (going on year 4). There are so many things I want to upgrade and implement in my classroom. I feel like I finally have my feet under me and I am ready to begin to make some changes. This website is fantastic. I am overwhelmed with where to start and how to improve my program to take it to the next level. Where would you suggest I begin? I have spent a lot of time cleaning and organizing the room to create a safe and easy to learn in environment. I am now ready to improve on what is already there. I love the document camera being used for all the students to be able to see easily. That may be my next investment for my room.

    Thanks for all the time you have invested into the site!

    • autoteachersonny Says:

      Becki, Thank you for your positive comments. Sorry I did not reply sooner. I had two serious surgeries in June and have fully retired. I will diret you to my website, which I sold in September to Consulab. http://www.autoteacher.net
      You may want to join NACAT http://www.nacat.org for other great teachers to network with. I will be learning to fish and won’t be concerned with the former chapters of my life.
      Thank you,
      Sonny

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