April 3, 2020 Educator Resources Newsletter
April 03, 20200

If you have not received the Educator Resources newsletter this month, please enjoy the theme this month: The Power of Your Words as an Educator.

Below is an excerpt and a link to the entire newsletter.

The world is in the middle of a crisis, the likes of which most people have not experienced in their lifetime. The fear of an unknown "enemy" is perhaps more frightening than any previous threat. This crisis has caused almost all classes to move to an online platform, which means educators are no longer interacting with their learners face-to-face. While there are methods of directly connecting, such as virtual meeting rooms, the physical presence is absent. This makes the use of static words our primary form of communication, and one which must be carefully...

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April 3, 2020 Career Newsletter
April 03, 20200

If you have not received the Career Development newsletter this month, please enjoy the theme this month: The Power of This Moment and Your State of Mind.

Below is an excerpt and a link to the entire newsletter.

We all have dreams, ambitions, hopes, and wishes. Whether it's a better life, improved career, or some other in aspect of our lives, it is natural to think of what might be. Some dreams are realized, some forgotten, and some are even lost over time.

Our ambitions or desire for something different may also be a source of inspiration that motivates us to action, or it may be a source of frustration that keeps holding us back. Typically when we feel a sense of regret it's because we look back at the amount of time that's gone by and wish we had made...

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Four Strategies Every Online Educator Needs for a Work-Life Balance
March 29, 20200

Online educators have been implementing the work-at-home model long before there was the 2020 crisis. Some referred to it as "teaching in your pajamas" – because of the nature of the job, which often meant for many, working a full-time position during the day while teaching as an adjunct during the evening hours. Those who are in a full-time position may still find themselves working during both daytime and evening hours, simply due to the needs of the learners and the requirements of classroom management. I've been in both roles over the past 15 years, and my ability to balance a professional and personal life has come about through time and practice.

While the roles may have a slight variation from one online school to the next, the requirements are generally the same. To be...

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Are There Signs Your Career Stalled?
March 22, 20200

You've started your job and worked hard in your career, and yet for some reason you are no longer feeling a sense of fulfillment any longer. It may seem to you the harder you work, the less you are being recognized for your work, or you are summarized in your performance reviews by short sentences of how you have failed, rather than how you have succeeded.

The work you enjoy has now reached a point where you are tolerating it as you need the income, or perhaps you do not foresee a future with the company you are working for as you are not appreciated or noticed.

The longer you find yourself feeling unfulfilled, unappreciated, or unnoticed in or for your performance at work...

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6 Critical Best Practices for Online Teaching: Be Prepared
March 15, 20200

We live in an unprecedented time with higher education being disrupted, as traditional classes are being moved online, at least for the time being. Whether or not this will continue for any length of time remains to be seen. This has occurred at an interesting time for the field of distance learning as many of the for-profit schools have closed, and the growth of new online schools has slowed. The number of online schools growing is limited, and competition comes from traditional schools offering online classes.

With a move of traditional classes to an online platform, there is a challenge for many educators to adapt to a virtual environment. Those educators who teach in this environment already, such as myself, are already accustomed to creating a virtual presence. However,...

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Discover How to Become Mentally Prepared for a Job Interview
March 07, 20200

The process of preparing for a job interview often involves a time of stress, indecision, and self-doubt for many people. A successful interview occurs as the result of meaningful interactions between you and the potential employer, which happens when you are prepared, confident, and self-assured. When you are communicating effectively during the interview you are clearly articulating who you are, what you offer, and what you are seeking for your career.

As you prepare for your interview, consider not only what you know about the company and its position, along with relating your background to the advertised job – evaluate your state of mind and take time to practice the development of a mindset that is focused on your successful qualities, accomplishments, and skills that are...

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Discover 5 Essential Learner-Centered Strategies For Online Instructors
March 01, 20200

Why do you aspire to teach, or continue to teach, online classes? This is a question I have been asking myself for over a decade now, and I use it as a means of self-reflection, to determine if I am growing and adapting as the needs of learners are changing. What I've found is the technology has certainly changed, and the tools within the classroom have also changed, but there are some basic learner needs that have remained unchanged. For example, learners need to know their online instructor is present and engaged in the class, and easily accessible. This should be a simple requirement to meet, and yet I know of many instructors who check into their classes only when needed, making their job a series of rote functions. Do you believe learners notice this disposition? You can be...

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Discover Why a Resilient Mindset Will Help Sustain Your Career
February 16, 20200

Do you take care of what you think about yourself, and pay attention to the words you use to describe yourself? Or do you allow present circumstances to dictate your current worth and value? When your career isn't going as well as you have planned, what is your reaction? Your mindset has everything to do with your success, just as much as the career goals or plans you have established. You may have an effective career strategy in place and undermine the entire plan, simply by not cultivating a supportive mindset.

Consider this question: When you think of words to describe the qualities you need to face challenges in your career, what comes to mind? Perhaps you will consider characteristics such as determination, grit, perseverance, and other similar to those. There is one you...

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Discover How to Engage Your Students in an Active Learning Process
February 05, 20200

Your students come to class or log onto an online platform and complete required tasks, which must mean to some degree they are interested in learning. Somehow, through class lectures or informative posts an educator has taken time to develop, these students will acquire knowledge they need, and through the activities designed to ensure they take the time to read and apply what has been read, they will meet the required outcomes. That's the plan when a course is designed and implemented.

But the reality is many students are going through the motions of repetitive, reactively responding to the course materials and activities they are required to complete. If it is a class discussion, their response may be based upon a world view held now, which is closely protected and rarely...

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Learning Requires Adaptability and Change. Are Your Students Prepared?
December 24, 20190

When students begin your class, do you inherently expect they will read the Course Syllabus and related materials, then comply as required, without any hesitation? Or could it be possible students will arrive in your class, on the first day, and find you have created a learning environment which is slightly different in some manner? Perhaps you have expectations which are different to some degree, you've written the syllabus differently in some manner, or your approach to teaching is more direct (or hands-on) than the previous instructors. In other words, rarely do students transition from one class to the next without having to adapt in some manner, even when school policies and processes remain the same. There are no two instructors who are alike or...

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