Back in 2015, I published my first post about FAIL (First Attempt In Learning). About a year later I published a post about “failing forward”. It’s been awhile since I’ve spoken about the topic of failure. Recently a dear friend, Nathan Stevens, responded to a tweet from another dear friend, Jerry Blumengarten, about my first … Continue reading The Vocabulary of Success
I recently had a deep conversation with a very articulate young man about the color pink. He claimed it was a "girl's color" and that he would never be caught wearing it. As a female that really doesn't care for the color pink, I had to question him further. Was he aware that colors really … Continue reading Pretty in Pink
There is a big difference between listening and hearing. Students hear me all the time. But do they really listen? Do any of us? I try my best to be an active listener. Years ago I took a personal communications class. We learned about personal space and how to actively listen. At the time, I … Continue reading Listening vs Hearing
Each birthday only happens once in a lifetime. I know that right now you are thinking, well duh! Can you remember how you spent your last birthday? Today I turned 49. I'm not afraid to tell you this. The number is just a number. What I did today is WAY more important than the number … Continue reading Once in a Lifetime
A dear friend asked for help yesterday. It was the kind of request that intrigued me into action. She had a list of codes that she wanted to automatically assign to participants in an online class once they had reached a certain level. Her initial thought was to include a simple Google Form to collect … Continue reading Forms, Queries & AutoCrat
For years, I've watched as educators are portrayed as not quite good enough. The old phrase, "those that can, do...those that can't teach" has stood as a tribute to what society (in general) thinks of education. We're just not quite good enough to succeed outside of our "ivy walls". Well, I've had enough. The straw … Continue reading Change the Narrative
Let me back up just a bit. This week I've been having a fantastic conversation on Voxer with several members of the #EduMatch Voxer group about the effectiveness of Twitter chats. It has been the type of conversation that pushes your thinking. As a moderator of two Twitter chats, I wanted to make sure "my side" … Continue reading What Didn’t Work?