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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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Sharing personal lives with students creates a powerful “weave”

Online magazine columnist Leslie Harpold wrote that one of the keys to a powerful thank-you is to tell the reader how they fit into the fabric of your life. I’ve taught many writing lessons using an article that Harpold wrote … Continue reading

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Better to burn out than fade away?

Wow. Last semester was undoubtedly my best semester yet as a teacher. I pushed, challenged, cheered, and inspired my students more than ever before. As always, I gave them everything I had for the four months I had them. This … Continue reading

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Create powerful learning through integrated course design

It had to happen eventually. Eventually, I had to start reflecting on what this blog is really supposed to be about: the research I’m doing for my Masters of Adult Education. Until now, my blog has been a semi-weekly analysis … Continue reading

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Let the students do the teaching

One of the best pieces of teaching advice I received as a new St. Lawrence College instructor came from School of Business professor Tom Brennan. Our conversation took place in 2008 when I was struggling to develop diverse teaching approaches … 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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