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It’s not about the Nail – men and women communicate differently

It’s not about the Nail – men and women communicate differently

When the book Men are from Mars, first came out, I remember being fascinated by these predictable differences between men and women, how they communicate, and how they approach problems. In keeping with that theme, this video made me laugh out loud.... Read More
Engage the Prisoner

Engage the Prisoner

Just came across this gem, which  helps harness some of the aloof negative energy that often accompanies the start of a session. We’ve all seen these students:  They come in with arms crossed and furrowed brow,  saying ‘I’m only here because I was told to come.’ In his boo... Read More
Valuing our Teachers

Valuing our Teachers

As summer winds down and “back to school” is fresh in our mind, let us consider the true impact of our trainers and teachers, who are too often under-valued and under-appreciated. I found this thoughtful article quoted online. What Do Teachers Make? by Mona Kapoor Choudhury The dinner gu... Read More
Are catalog companies "green"?

Are catalog companies "green"?

I’m a fiend about recycling.  Just ask my kids — I don’t let them get Happy Meals because we end up throwing away every little toy; I refuse to buy those little juice boxes and individually wrapped snacks; and even I reuse ziploc bags. So how is it that I’ve come to terms wi... Read More
Active learning is not "Q&A Teaching"

Active learning is not "Q&A Teaching"

Petra Claflin, Manager of Digital Media and head blogger for @YESPrep Public Schools, recently wrote about the “Trap of Q&A teaching.”  She admits she’s done it herself.  It looks something like this: Teacher: I’m now going to model how to solve this type of problem. Firs... Read More
Anybody? Anybody?

Anybody? Anybody?

I just came upon this anonymous quote and thought it had many great applications — first and foremost I think I could share it with my boys, when it comes to clearing the table, hanging up coats, or taking out the trash. It could also apply to class participation, team projects, taking chances... Read More
A Sane Approach to Email

A Sane Approach to Email

As much as I think this would help me, I think it’s a great reminder to facilitators and learners alike! The synopsis of this article on email comes from Kim Marshall’s synthesis in The Marshall Memo. “Every minute you spend on email is a minute you’re not devoting to doing something... Read More
Enable the team spokesperson

Enable the team spokesperson

When if comes to small group discussions, I’m often quite pleased when someone else offers to present the highlights of our group’s discussion. And yet,  I’m not always comfortable with their summary. Because I’m not looking at their notes, I can’t determine if: 1) the... Read More
The Best Teacher Supply Guide for Back-to-School

The Best Teacher Supply Guide for Back-to-School

Most teachers are familiar with Back-to-School Classroom Supply Lists. Typically, they included pens, colored pencils, dry-erase markers, notebooks, and the other usual staples that are readily available at office supply stores. These may be perfect for your learners, but unfortunately, they leave t... Read More
Technology not just for technology’s sake

Technology not just for technology’s sake

Another interesting article summarized by Kim Marshall in his weekly Marshall Memo.  The original article,  “Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools,” was written by Paul Barnwell and published in Teacher, May 30, 2012. Can Cell Phones and Social Media Be Useful Classroom Too... Read More