Monthly Archives: October 2011

Confirmation: truly the best job in the world

Almost every day in the classroom tells me that I’m right where I need to be. This morning I returned from four days away from the classroom as a result of my wife Julie giving birth to our daughter Abigail … Continue reading

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“Connection! It’s a small miracle”

Those were the words of my colleague and unofficial mentor Kathy Patterson upon reading the third set of blog assignment entries from my first-year Advertising students. “Do you realize what you have managed to accomplish with this assignment?” Kathy said … Continue reading

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The power of teaching by live example

Educators are taught that adults learn best when they can see that the lessons they are learning are practical and valuable and can be put to immediate use. That’s why I try to start every one of my lessons with … Continue reading

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Teaching—best job in the world!

One of the toughest challenges for teachers is engaging our students. With students in-class distracted by non-stop messages on their smartphones, Facebook updates on their laptops, and shorter-than-ever attention spans, it’s no wonder that educators refer to modern teaching as … Continue reading

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Setting the stage for effective mentorship—how much structure is too much?

I’ve chosen to study mentorship as my Masters of Adult Education research area because I don’t know much about mentorship theory and I realize the program needs some structure in order to improve mentor and student protege commitment. Nonetheless, I’ve … Continue reading

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