Tag Archives: self-reflection

Five steps to take your Comm 57 blogs to the next level

I love this stage of the student blogging assignment. We’re at that point where those who have taken to the assignment start to really strut their stuff. Many are already doing just about everything right and just need a pointer … Continue reading

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Meet Week One’s top five Comm 57 bloggers

Wow. We have some incredible writers in our Communication Skills for Marketers class as evidenced by some of the first articles of the Comm 57 blogging assignment. In this first post, students have introduced themselves and their placement or industry … Continue reading

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The trepidation of experimenting with new students

In a few minutes, I will start marking the first blogs written by my second-year marketing students. This is the first time I’ve taught anyone but first-year students and I’ve never taught in the Business Administration – Marketing program, so … Continue reading

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But did they really learn anything?

After three years of delivering blogging assignments to Advertising students, I’m convinced that blogging is the perfect platform to teach  first-year students all they need to know about business writing essentials. This assignment requires students to write eight weekly blogs about … Continue reading

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Confronting the student plagiarism dilemma

I’ll never forget the classmate at Ryerson University’s journalism school who approached me one day in second year some 20-something years ago and asked if he could copy one of my assignments. I remember being appalled—disgusted, actually—that he wanted to … 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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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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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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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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