Erik Mortensen, an Automotive Instructor at Watauga High School, transforms his classroom into an automotive service shop.
Key Talking Points:
- A former technician that runs an automotive
- An automotive service shop in the classroomFive bays
- Parts room
- Alignment rack
- All the equipment you would need
- He took an existing program and made it his own with an open book
- The program is growing and his classes are full
- A goal of his is to get the students to find their self-worth and a skill they may be good at
- Watauga High School has a large CTE program (Career and Technical Education)
- Students are assigned roles within the ‘shop’
- He believes that working on ‘live’ teacher vehicles vs doner cars brings a greater responsibility of importance and safety.
- Start the students off with a ‘mechanic’ mentality and understand the learning never stops and ‘diagnostician’ is in their future
- If being an educator is your passion, then do it
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