Tag Archives: adult learning

Read all about it! First-year writing assignment leads to jobs

I probably should have posted this press release earlier. The college where I work, St. Lawrence College, here in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has issued a news release to local media that aims to spread the word about the successes of … Continue reading

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By Jove! I think they’ve got it!

There are few bigger rewards for teachers than when students grasp a difficult challenge that we’ve set for them. But that’s what my first-year Advertising students appear to have done as they surpass their third week as new WordPress bloggers. … 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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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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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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Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses

It’s that time again. I’m back on the hamster wheel burning up the last few precious days of the summer holidays preparing for classes. It’s a frantic time when teachers suddenly realize that they aren’t as prepared for school as … Continue reading

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With success there’s always more to measure

Comments from friends responding to my blog about my humbling climbing experience the other weekend have compelled me to write a follow-up entry. Last week, I wrote about how my awesome friend Tom and I had to back off a … Continue reading

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