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     WELCOME TO THE 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR!

    PLEASE READ REGARDING DISTANCE EDUCATION

     

    For parents and students during the Emergency shutdown of schools:
     
    Expectations:  Students are expected to log onto Canvas every day and complete the assignments within the course.THE DISTRICT HAS DECIDED THAT THIS DISTANCE LEARNING WINDOW WILL BEGIN FOR THE FIRST NINE WEEKS OF THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR.  I will be providing material for the work they are to complete starting Monday, 8/17/2020.  Students should work through each assignment that can be found on the ANNOUNCEMENTS section of Canvas. Since this is a continuation of the distance learning that occurred in the spring, students should be aware of how to navigate this resource.
     
    It is important that students stay on task; it is important that parents help manage their children's time and activities. I will be giving students feedback on their completed assignments and logging in daily for live conferences via Microsoft Teams.  Students are to learn this material and complete the assignments. The daily materials will consist of the same activities and assessments that they would have on a normal day in school.  Students need to make sure that they take care of daily assignments since they will be given feedback, starting Monday, 8/17/2020.
     
     
    Accessing Canvas:
     
     
     
    Please feel free to call or email if you have any questions or concerns.
     
    Stay Safe!
     
    Martin Baker
    bakerm4@gcsnc.com
    (336) 819-2970 Ext. 1748

     

     

     

    Welcome to Engineering Design and CTE Technology!

     

    My name is Martin Baker, and I teach Engineering Design and Engineering Technology at Southwest Guilford High School. My experience as a licensed technology teacher have strengthened my educational philosophy that learning is a continual process, beginning with students and educators at its very core. In the eyes of every educator, students should be viewed as a valuable and important asset of the learning institutions they attend.

     

    I believe that students should be taught engineering and technology basics using a variety of educational methods that deviate from traditional classrooms. The human mind varies widely from one student to the next, requiring a number of different stimuli to cognitively transform information from working short-term memory to applicable long-term memory storage. By allowing students to learn through different paths to subject mastery, they become more self-reliant and show a much higher aptitude for applying the technological content that they have learned. I believe it is the instructor’s job to facilitate all aspects of this process, offering constructive advice and direct instruction when needed. Furthermore, technology instructors should create a myriad of experiences that utilize sounds, sights, and technological material. By experiencing these educational materials, students will not only learn, but will also enjoy learning. With the guidance and supervision of technological educators, students can learn and retain information through the multifaceted approaches of hands-on instruction. While teaching Technology Design and Innovation at Allen Middle School, the classroom implementation of my philosophy was positively received by both students and educators alike.

     

    I ultimately consider education to be a learning experience for everyone involved, myself being no exception. As a technology educator, I feel it is my duty to view my profession as a “work in progress” that will never fully be completed. Every educator should be in a constant state of self-improvement, never tiring to find a new method that will inspire the next generation of great thinkers, artists and “out-of-the-box-problem-solvers”. As the Greek historian Plutarch so correctly noted, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”

     

    Parents and students, please feel free to take a look at the links below. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to let me know.

     

    Best, 

     

    Martin Baker

    Instructor, Engineering Design

    bakerm4@gcsnc.com

    (336) 819-2970 Ext. 1748

     

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Mr. Baker's Schedule Fall 2020

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    • 1st Block - Planning

     

    • 2nd Block - Engineering Technology I

     

    • 3rd Block -  Engineering Technology II Honors

     

    • 4th Block - – Engineering Technology I