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9 Tips to Remember for your Life’s Journey

9 Tips to Remember for your Life’s Journey

Life is a journey that starts without a road map. Every choice we make, whether it is carefully planned or on the spur of the moment will affect the outcome of the journey. But the journey should not be defined by one change alone. Let’s face it, every day we make many decisions based on the facts at hand. These choices move us forward in life. At times the road can become congested with traffic and the voyage feels terribly long and…

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Do you believe in multiple intelligences?

Do you believe in multiple intelligences?

When you think of intelligence what comes to mind, math, maybe science, an IQ test or perhaps something else.  The multiple intelligence theory has emerged from recent cognitive research.  According to Gardner (1991), students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways.  Try the survey and see in what areas you excel. Source: http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-assessment

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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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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Creating a Simple ‘Wiki’ to use as a Study Tool

Creating a Simple ‘Wiki’ to use as a Study Tool

Wouldn’t it be easier to study as a group and access the information at your fingertips? Take for example studying while in a bus or on the subway rather than at home alone. Guess what? This is possible and easy to do with a little help from the Cloud! For those of you who are new to the concept of cloud storage, think of it as saving your documents online instead of on your hard drive. The bonus to cloud…

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Why Mentoring Matters

Why Mentoring Matters

A good mentor teaches you to fly then steps back so you can soar. Mentors are people with a vested interest in your success. They apply and demonstrate their experience, knowledge and skills to help the mentee learn and grow in their own role. They seamlessly share their background in a safe and non-judgmental way that helps you to turn your mistakes into opportunities for learning. Have you ever had a mentor at school or in the workplace? Here are…

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Break the Ice–Warm them Up!

Break the Ice–Warm them Up!

Traditionally a workshop starter, the ice-breaker or warm-up activity is done at the beginning of your session. The same way you’d begin a physical workout with a few stretches or some cardio training, warm-up activities get people ready by stretching the mental muscles. A good warm up activity: Primes your participants for the learning ahead Links with the theme of the session Creates buzz for the session content Stimulates reflection and thinking Energizes participants Encourages meaningful discussion   This activity…

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What’s Your Learning Style?

What’s Your Learning Style?

How do you learn best? Do you like to watch a demonstration? Would you rather hear a lecture? Or are you the kind of learner who enjoys hands-on, pressing buttons to figure it out? Think about the way you approach a new electronic device… If you are a visual learner, you might read the instructions or watch a YouTube video to learn how to use your device. If you are an auditory learner, you might prefer to listen to someone…

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Prepping your Learners for an Evaluation using Post-its (in-class activity)

Prepping your Learners for an Evaluation using Post-its (in-class activity)

Preparing for an exam is never an easy task for learners. Strategic learners tend to ply as much information as they can from the instructor, while the others types of learners resort to their own methods for studying. To facilitate preparation for an exam, it is important to engage the whole class in the construction of knowledge. How can this be achieved? Simply start with writing up the exam and work backwards. Once you have produced your evaluation, carefully guide the…

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