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Month: September 2016

Is stuff taking up too much of your physical AND mental real estate?

Is stuff taking up too much of your physical AND mental real estate?

Imagine that you’re moving house…. you don’t want to pack up all that stuff you no longer use so you only take what you absolutely need, want, and love and turf the rest. Yes, you read that right. Unused, unloved and unwanted items should be discarded or donated because they often take up valuable physical AND mental real estate. That dusty souvenir from Aunty So-and-So that we keep in case she comes to visit, that too-tight piece of clothing we…

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Read Aloud – Why? What’s wrong with my essay?

Read Aloud – Why? What’s wrong with my essay?

Producing written work is often a difficult task for most people. Getting your words on paper requires more than just time and hard work–your paper has to have a flow. Often when we write we tend to keep it all inside our head and punch away at the keyboard. Miraculously, pages begin to appear, and as you near the final entry of your masterpiece, you begin to feel excited about your production. Next you run a spellcheck, give it one…

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Learning–Relevance (and Passion) Equals Readiness

Learning–Relevance (and Passion) Equals Readiness

We learn when we are ready. My son came to me a few years ago as he was starting college, after a brief time in adult education following his entire elementary and high school education being homeschooled (actually unschooled, but that’s another post!), and he complained to me: “You never taught me how to do grammar!”. So I did what any self-respecting unschooling parent might do: I told him a story that goes like this: There were two friends—one lived…

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Do these ten things for your next job interview

Do these ten things for your next job interview

Job interviews are as scary as they are tough. Most of the fear and worry is in our mind. Think of the job interview as a two-way exchange whereby you’re getting to know the company as much as they are getting to know you. Here are some helpful tips for a great job interview: Be on time, if not 5-10 minutes early – this shows your interest and your punctuality for the job. Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake…

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Develop Your Capacity for Self-Directed Learning

Develop Your Capacity for Self-Directed Learning

Self-directed learning occurs when the learner decides the how, what, when, where and why of their own learning and then takes concrete steps to carry that out. The availability of computer technology and the Internet makes self-directed learning automatic and easy. Self-directing one’s own learning can be formal, including joining an online class such as a webinar. Or it can be as informal as seeking out a mentor, surfing the web to research information on a given topic or consulting…

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