We have a few challenges as technology and engineering teachers in New Jersey. If we don't promote how rewarding and meaningful becoming a teacher of our content is, the future of the profession will remain at risk. The second challenge is that we are preparing students for future careers in engineering, but are retiring more educators that we are graduating. How will we be able to send our students to continue to study technology and engineering if we have no one to teach them?
So what can we do?
- Promote the profession! Make sure that your students not only consider moving into careers as engineering professionals, but also consider education as a potential career path.
- Encourage certification. If a colleauge seems interested in what you teach, encourage him to pursue a Technology Education teaching certificate. The job of a technology/engineering teacher isn't easy, but it sure is worth the challenge!
- Recruit engineers. As we invite engineers into our classrooms to meet with students and even speak to former students who have obtained engineering jobs, suggest teaching, even if it's only a few courses or at the college level.
- Love your job! Nothing is going to encourage students, colleagues and professionals to pursue engineering and technology education more than seeing how much you enjoy every minute of it.
- Scream it from the rooftops! Even if you aren't up for writing a whole blog post or publishing an article, take to facebook and twitter and show of the amazing things you are doing in your classroom.
Don't forget to invite your students to the NJTEEA Future Teacher Invitational, where they will learn what it takes to become a top rated technology and engineering eduator at the College of New Jersey.