July 31, 20170

Are you looking for a job? Or do you plan to look for a job in the near future?

Those questions represent the most common reasons why someone would begin to look at their resume and decide if it needs to be updated. What most people discover over time is that their resume should always be update-to-date as job changes can occur suddenly and without any prior warning. But most people wait until a resume is needed and it is at this time that a decision is made to try to refine and update it, or leave it as is and hope that it will be sufficient enough to gain a recruiter or hiring manager's attention. There is a misconception that because resumes are rarely mailed out any longer, they are not that important. Yet many online application forms still request that a resume copy be...

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How Do You Help a Student Who Feels Hopeless?
October 28, 20170

The start of a new class always carries with it a sense of hope for students and their instructor. This is a time when students are the most likely to listen, read the assigned materials, and make an attempt to complete the required learning activities. From an instructor's perspective, there is an expectation that students are ready to learn and want to learn the course topics. For the most part, students will begin the class by making an effort, at least initially. After the first week of class, reality settles in and this is the time when students will either continue to try, or their effort will wane.

When students make an attempt to understand the course materials, and for some reason they cannot comprehend what they are reading, or they do not understand how to complete an...

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Do You Know How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement?
October 15, 20170

What would you say about yourself if you were asked to explain your teaching philosophy as an educator?

You may be surprised with the number of educators who either do not have a teaching philosophy or cannot clearly and concisely articulate (without the use of clichés or generalizations about teaching) what their beliefs may be about learning and teaching. When I was responsible for interviewing faculty for adjunct online teaching positions, many candidates I spoke with had not developed a clearly defined philosophy statement or never thought it was needed for their career. While that did not automatically disqualify them from a teaching position, it does not help them provide a true representation of what could be expected if they were teaching a course.

Every educator...

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Can You Choose a Hobby and Transform Your Well-Being? (You Can)
September 15, 20170

Would you be surprised to know a hobby could help you tap into your unlimited potential? Yes, everyone should have a hobby, especially those who work in an office every day and complete the same routine tasks. Do you ever give yourself time to do something enjoyable, a project or activity you might consider to be fun? Many people have a list of projects they would like to complete, and a sentence which usually precedes the list is: If I only had time I would get started. Does that sound familiar?

There has been a lot written about mindfulness and the benefits of meditation. This is based upon the idea of giving yourself time to be alone, away from your daily routine and responsibilities, to help regain a sense of balance and manage stress. But for many people, the idea of...

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Dr. J
September 04, 20170

Dr. J's Mission: Teach, Write, and Inspire Others as an academic educator, leader, author, writer, and mentor.

Academic Leader: Chief Academic Officer, Dean, Dissertation Mentor

Faculty Development: Trained, mentored, and evaluated faculty.

Educator: 11+ years online teaching experience, with additional experience in traditional, on-ground college classes.

Advanced Education: Ph.D. Postsecondary and Adult Education, Masters of Business Administration, MBA.

Curriculum Writer, Developer, Author: Authored hundreds of courses in a wide range of subjects, including courses for BA, MBA, and DBA programs.

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Have You Discovered Your Power to Uplift and Inspire Students?
August 31, 20170

Do you want to teach your students, or would you like to use the power of teaching to also inspire and uplift your students?

Many people view an educator as someone who is a subject matter expert in their chosen discipline, a gatekeeper to a school's policies, and the one who is charged with providing instruction through the teaching strategies he or she has implemented. As a point of reference: When I use the word "teaching" I am not referring strictly to primary education, rather I am using it as a generic term for instruction, as my perspective is written based upon my work in the field of higher education.

Many institutions value credit hours and scholarly publications as the primary criteria for hiring instructors. Yet having qualifications and publishing articles...

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Learn Why Critical Thinking is Critical for Education
August 25, 20170

Critical thinking is a phrase which has become widely used in the field of education, and it is a skill which students are told they must learn, whether or not they understand what it actually means. The challenge is that this phrase can have multiple descriptions when educators are asked to define it. The descriptions provided by students are even more varied and often described using clichés such as "thinking outside of the box", or they can come closer to what this concept means when they relate it to problem-solving.

This poses a challenge for the inclusion of critical thinking in a list of skills students need to learn because there isn't a clear standard regarding how best to teach it, along with an uncertainty about the precise...

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If You've Tried and Failed, What's Next?
August 18, 20170

Whenever you fail, try, try again, or so the saying goes. There has been a great deal written about failure within self-development articles, and the need to embrace it, accept it, and learn from it. It seems there has been so much written about it, many people may begin to expect it to occur as a natural part of their career. Authors often frame failure as one of life's greatest lessons, which may be the primary reason why it is such a popular topic now. The idea of having to overcome something challenging seems like a way to rediscover one's self or renew one's sense of determination.

What's interesting about a time in a person's life when something they call failure has been experienced is that this is not a time when he or she will be receptive to looking at it as a period...

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Can a Job with Repetitive Tasks Be Rewarding?
August 11, 20170

How do you feel when you start a new job? Are you excited, anxious, eager to learn, or a combination of all three of these feelings? Some people are so well trained they can literally begin their assigned tasks without very little instruction, while others may take time to address the newness of the job and try not to become overwhelmed.

Even if there is a learning curve, there is usually a positive feeling associated with starting a new job. This is especially true if the job search took a significant amount of time and was obtained out of necessity. But once you settle into a routine, learn the basic job requirements and expectations, and develop supporting habits, the job may become more manageable and enjoyable.

It is also possible that you may begin to feel as if...

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Do You Want To Be Someone Students Look Up To?
August 03, 20170

When you are actively involved in the classroom and working with your adult students, classroom management and what you need to teach are the order of the day. As the class progresses, you may consider the perspective of your students; along with what motivates them, how they persist when faced with challenges, and what it is like for them to interact with the classroom environment. But have you ever considered how your students view you as an educator? Does it matter to you or influence how you teach when you are planning your class or considering future professional development?

Most educators choose this type of work or career, even when the pay or working conditions are less than ideal. What if you decide to function from this point forward in a manner that is transformative...

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