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The Great MCOM5 Blogging Assignment—round three

If you were to ask 100 teachers to name the least favourite aspect of their jobs, 85 percent would probably tell you it’s marking students’ homework. Well, I hate to sound like a cocky upstart (totally lying here—I’m a cheeky … Continue reading

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The terror and the thrill of teaching from a blank slate

About three years ago, a wise colleague told me that it takes three years to become a teacher and five years to become a good one. At the time, I couldn’t see that happening to me. Then a college teacher … Continue reading

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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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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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The power of one-on-one student-teacher meetings

As I wrap up the winter semester with my first-year Office Administration students with one-on-one mock job interviews, I’m wishing I could have met with each one in this way earlier. These mock interviews have students implementing the crash-course lessons … Continue reading

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Teacher transformed through reflective practice

I have a confession to make. Before I started pursuing this Masters of Adult Education degree in July, I scoffed at the idea of pursuing post-graduate certification. Many of my colleagues suggested I could better position myself for a full-time … Continue reading

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Mountain biking as a metaphor for life

Just like life, there are ups and downs in mountain biking Going downhill is easy and fast and fun But it’s only the exhausting uphill grind that makes the descent so gratifying. Just like life, there are bumps in the … Continue reading

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