We can all probably remember a pivotal field trip (s) from our elementary years. For me it was seeing King Tut at the ROM. It spurred an interest in science and opened my mind to the word of archeology. In my sons school one teacher had a reputation for doing field trips weekly. Wearing … Continue reading A change of scenery.
I've written before in the importance of community student engagement. Often I will ask student's to share their experience with the class but this can be a challenge in that not all students are willing to share with the whole class. It also becomes limiting in the time it takes for everyone to participate. Dyadic … Continue reading Dyadic Interviews
I've become very curious about the generational differences that exist in learning. I teach business fundamentals and entrepreneurship to both youth and adults. In one week I was instructing ages from six to sixty! An individuals motivation is based on what important to them but also includes generational and societal influences and perhaps even pressure. I think … Continue reading It’s about time…
Simulation as an instructional technique offers tremendous benefit as a bridge between theory and practice. Unfortunately this often this comes at a price that can limits is practical application and authenticity. My class mate Angela does an excellent job of highlighting the application of simulation in the nursing environment to maximize learning in her digital … Continue reading The Value of Simulation
I'm a sales guy. In sales it is common ideology to not accept "no" as an answer. You should pursue a line of questioning that uncovers a customers underlying needs wants and desires. One word answers are a trap. As an instructor however one word answers can be powerful reinforcement for the self directed leaner. Chances are, the … Continue reading The one word answer
Chunk and Chew is the instructional strategy whereby complex topics are broken down into teacher lead lecture morsels of no more than 10 minutes in length. This is immediately followed by 2 minutes of "chewing" in which students reflect and process what they have just heard. Classmate Jacquie Dale put together this excellent video introduction … Continue reading Chunk ‘n Chew
This well viewed video paints a pretty apocalyptic view of higher education. While its from 2004 some of the commentary on viewing suggest that much hasn't changed. I must admit that my formal education out of high school echoes some of the same sentiment. Granted we didn't have Facebook in the "way back "but I … Continue reading The importance of community