Discover Why Critical Thinking is Critical for Learning
January 18, 20190

Do you understand what critical thinking means? Have you discovered an indicator when thinking becomes or transforms into critical thinking? Do you recognize when critical thinking occurs in class discussions or written assignments?

The phrase "critical thinking" has become widely used in the field of education and it is a skill which students are told they must learn. A 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...

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4 Strategies to Show Students They All Deserve Your Time and Attention
December 31, 20180

When you think about your involvement with a group of students, do you plan to be involved with all of them, some of them, or just those who need your help? Do you devote most of your time to all students or just those who are struggling?

Teaching often takes a great deal of time and energy. When you are assigned a large class, the number of students and responsibilities vying for your attention increases and this can create a time crunch. If you teach courses in a traditional college classroom you know how much time it takes to develop lectures and grade papers or exams. Online instructors may not have to develop course materials; however, they usually have weekly discussions and feedback expectations that demand a significant investment of time. For example, one...

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Can You Tell When Your Students Are at Risk for Failure?
December 20, 20180

Do you have any students who are at risk for failure now? Is the performance of any of your students declining?

If I were to ask you which students in your class were likely to fail, the easiest indicator would be grades as it offers evidence of students who are not making considerable progress. As most educators know, grades present only one aspect of the learning process and it is still possible that any student can be at risk for failure, even those students who are peak performers. While some students can excel, regardless of classroom conditions, most experience fluctuations in their performance throughout their academic journey. It takes someone who is actively engaged in their class and working with their students to know when someone is starting to struggle,...

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Discover What it Means to Be Resilient in Your Career
December 13, 20180

When you are faced with challenges in your career, how do you respond? When you experience negative emotional reactions about your job, can you control what you feel? Do you know what it means to be resilient?

The word resilience typically refers to a person's ability to bounce back from setbacks; however, as an educator and career coach I've learned that a person who becomes resilient has developed a success focused mindset. Where resiliency matters most is on the job because this demonstrates to an employer that you are flexible and adaptable to changes and new situations. What it doesn't mean is that you are emotionally bulletproof as there are times when you have to take the emotional hit and work through what you are feeling as circumstances around you change....

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Are You Ready for a Job Change? Trust These Indicators and Transition Steps
December 02, 20180

Are you feeling it is time for a change in your career? Do you believe you have gone as far as you can in your current role? Can you recognize the signs it is time to make a job transition? Are you uncertain if the timing is right to make a change and how you should begin the process?

Every job has a life cycle. There is an exciting or interesting starting point and then a natural progression that occurs over time. After a period of growth there will be a point when the job will peak. At this maturity point there may be a change made that allows the cycle to restart, or the job enters the decline and the employee loses interest, becomes complacent, works to just get by, and/or begins the search for a new job. Regardless of the final outcome, most every job goes through...

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5 Strategies To Help You Face Stress Head On
November 21, 20180

Do you feel knots in your stomach the moment you begin your work day? Does the phone ring and you immediately dread answering it? Or does your workday begin fairly well but become progressively worse, especially as the week continues and the demands never seem to let up?

There are many circumstances on the job that can have an adverse impact on performance, from poor working conditions to numerous responsibilities and an over-extended schedule. But there is one condition that can arise as a result of not responding well to circumstances, which can have a negative effect on a person's well-being, and that is the condition known as stress. While it may seem that there is not much more to be said about this topic, given how extensively the subject of stress management has...

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Discover The Top 3 Negative Beliefs That Are Holding You Back
November 10, 20180

Is there anything holding you back in your job or career now? Do you believe you can accomplish any goal you set for yourself, in your life or your career?

Everyone wants to experience some type of success in their career, even if it means having a stable job that they can count on for continued income. It is possible that throughout the natural progression of a career there will be setbacks and moments when a person questions their ability to be successful. The starting place I use as a career coach and educator is the beliefs that a person holds about their capacity for success and their ability to grow as they take on new tasks or seek out new opportunities. As an educator and career coach, what I often find at the heart...

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Here's How to Help Students Who Will Not Help Themselves
November 02, 20180

Do you wait for students to ask questions or seek assistance when you notice they have missed assignments or they are not performing well with discussions or written assignments? Or are you proactive in your approach to instruction and actively reaching out to those students who need your assistance?

It may seem students should want the help of their instructors, especially when they are struggling with course topics, assignments, and meeting deadlines. But the reality is that this is not usually the case and as most educators know, students may even resist the very idea of asking for help and prefer to give up when faced with a challenge. This can occur even when an instructor has done everything possible to encourage students to speak up. For example, I observed many...

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September 21, 20180

Do you ever give yourself time to do something enjoyable, a project or activity you might even consider to be fun? Many people have a list of ideas or projects they would like to complete, and the sentence which usually precedes the list is: If I only had time I would get started. Does that sound familiar?

Yes, everyone should have a hobby, especially those who work in an office every day and complete the same routine tasks. 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 sitting in a quiet room and trying to suddenly become calm and focused...

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Online Teaching as a Career: Online Teaching Best Practices to Implment
September 16, 20180

Are you teaching online classes or plan to in the near future? Do you have a set of practices you follow to prepare yourself for teaching, to become highly effective?

Educators have discovered online teaching can be exciting, rewarding, frustrating, demanding, and challenging all at the same time. The opportunities for new online instructional positions are becoming fewer now because of the number of instructors who are interested in teaching and the process of acquiring an adjunct position has become very competitive. For example, it is not uncommon for someone who is highly experienced and educated to find it challenging to obtain new assignments.

What should you do while you wait for your first (or next) online teaching opportunity? The best answer is to...

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