Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ten steps to effective classroom listening

No doubt, at some point in our lives, some wise person has reminded us that there’s more to listening than merely opening our ears. Indeed, we know this. We understand this. But, often, we are still hearing without really listening. … Continue reading

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Laughter really IS the best medicine

Have you heard the joke about the clown, the community college student, and the college teacher? Perhaps not. But you might want to consider telling it or something like it next time you teach a class. Laughter, after all, really … Continue reading

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Finding time in class for critical reflection

Somehow I must find more time for critical reflection in my classes. Without doubt, I need to teach my students how to do their own critical reflection. But what I’m talking about right now is something that Stephen D. Brookfield, … Continue reading

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Brookfield made a believer out of me

In one of our my first few days of studying towards my Masters of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University last year, our instructors asked us to pick an article out of a big binder and to prepare a … Continue reading

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Technique versus self-knowledge

Innovative teaching requires the courage to take risks and to try out lessons and techniques that may fail. The worst flops are sometimes the ones that happen on the first day of class. What a way to start a relationship … Continue reading

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Finding the “Courage to Teach”

Several years ago, when I was a staff reporter at Canada’s once reknowned Kingston Whig-Standard newspaper, I exposed a massive business opportunity scam that swindled millions of dollars from mom and pop victims all over North America. I’ll never forget … Continue reading

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