Respond to Disrespectful Students with Appreciation and Care
March 11, 20220

What do you expect of your students, as to an expectation of respect for you and your position as their instructor?

From my experience, whenever you teach a class with adult students, there is an expectation these students will maintain a basic level of respect for you as their instructor. It's a mutual process, with the instructor reciprocating back to their students that same basic level of respect. I've not had to think about this topic until recently, when I've observed a trend with many online students no longer holding respect for their instructors.

What I'm noticing is some online students feeling empowered to speak in any manner they see fit, without regard for the school's Student Code of Conduct. Worse yet, a student who speaks with a lack of respect can also...

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Yes, You Can Think Your Way to Success
March 11, 20220

There is so much written about success that it hardly seems possible someone could contribute another new idea about this topic. Yet as a mindset coach, I want you to realize the power of potential you hold every day, just by the thoughts you are thinking. I'm not advocating a ten-step program that involves buying into a philosophy or some radical new style of thinking about success. I want to remind you there is one element you have available right now, which can determine how successful today, tomorrow, and your future will be; and it's the power of your thoughts.

Whether or not you've taken time to consider this fully, it's your thoughts that control or dictate your life. Your thoughts project to you the essence of an inner voice, a powerful source that can be reasonable,...

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Determined or Deflated: How You Feel is a State of Mind
January 24, 20220

Today you may find yourself feeling highly motivated and ready to take on any task, challenge, problem, or responsibility which requires your attention. In contrast, there is a distinct possibility you may also feel the exact opposite, and wish it were the end of the day. Regardless of how you feel, or the conditions you find yourself in, what matters most is your state of mind, which you have an ability to adjust. As you know, this can be easier said than done, especially when you are faced with many challenges.

Without question, our lives have experienced greater challenges than we could have ever imagined, since the beginning of 2020. Now two years later, there is a level of uncertainty as to how and when a new normal may occur, and for many, a sense of pandemic fatigue has...

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What You Can Do to Face Your Greatest Fears
January 14, 20220

"There may be times when you have to face your worst fears. Perhaps your fears have a name, or perhaps your fears consist of a situation you do not want to be in. Whatever the case may be, know you can and will rise above it. You are strong." – Dr. Bruce A. Johnson

The most destructive form of fear occurs from thoughts you allow to continue to replay in your mind, in which you believe situations or people control you or your life. While it's true you may be limited, because of a situation you find yourself in, a set of circumstances you're unable to control, or anything else you're unable to change now. However, you are limitless in your ability to dream, plan, and believe in new possibilities.

Here's something important to remember: You are always free. While...

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Transformational Educator Dr. J: Available for Online Teaching
December 28, 20210

There are many who want to teach online today, far surpassing the number of available positions. The mix of those who are interested in online teaching is well-balanced between those with extensive experience, minimal experience, and no experience. What often occurs within the hiring process is the entire group of candidates is reduced to a single collective, due to automated functions of human resource systems. It doesn't matter what your level of experience may or may not be, your degrees or advanced education, nothing is guaranteed to give you a competitive advantage at first in the job search, as you are considered solely by key words and an algorithm.

This is why I have chosen to share with you what it means to be a transformational educator, someone who has worked within...

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Be the Calming Presence Students Need to Stay Focused
November 11, 20210

Learning requires focus, and focus requires attention to what is being studied, thought about, formulated, and written. It is a process that occurs with intent and conscious involvement, and cannot be rushed no matter how much any student would like for it to be. Yet as any instructor knows, being enrolled in a class, especially an online class, is rarely the only responsibility a student has in any given week. For many students, classwork is often viewed from the perspective of what can be accomplished in the least amount of time, with the least amount of effort, and with the least interruption of all other required responsibilities. In other words, classwork is not always a top priority.

During pre-pandemic times, many students could balance their lives, careers, family, other...

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Create a Plan and Purpose For Your Future
November 11, 20210

Think about today as a new beginning. From today on let no one, not any circumstance and anything said to you, change how you feel, what you believe about yourself, or how you view your future potential. Your future is yours to create.

Now the challenge is going to be living this as a matter of practice. What is it going to take to be able to set an example for yourself to live a life unchallenged by events going on around you, especially when there are those who want to upset you, put you down, distract you, make you feel as if you do not possess the skills or talents necessary to succeed, or you find yourself faced with events that are just too overwhelming?

It is all a matter of anchoring your life with a sense of purpose. You have to remember that you are always free...

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Encourage Hopefulness
November 11, 20210

Do you ever feel so completely overwhelmed by the external circumstances around you it seems almost impossible to remain calm and steady when you need to be present in the classroom? Has 2021 started with a sense of renewal but quickly given you feelings of apprehension and cause for concern?

A new year is under way and you have already felt the emotional pull of the year we all hoped to leave behind, along with the continued drama that fills the news almost every day. As an educator, you have to somehow separate yourself from the emotional reactions you may be experiencing, if you want to have a clear mind and remain focused on your students. But this isn't always easy to do, especially if you continue to pay attention to the news and social media. It can leave you feeling...

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When You Overcome Your Doubts, You Become Limitless
November 11, 20210

Have you discovered the elation that comes with being able to follow through with your own efforts, when you overcome a challenge you thought was nearly impossible, and conquered fear of something new? You are able to accomplish this and more when you refuse to listen to and accept any self-doubts about yourself or your capacity to achieve your goals or dreams.

Yet as you know, self-doubts can be powerful detractors from your positive state of mind and best of intentions. While you may decide you are going to step forward and begin to take action, especially when this involves something important you've thought about doing for quite a long time, a moment of hesitation can sideline you. Some people find it easier to disbelieve than believe in their ability to overcome potential...

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Do End of Course Evaluations Reflect Your Classroom Performance Accurately?
November 11, 20210

What is your belief about the end of course evaluation? Do you believe it accurately reflects your performance in the classroom? Do you live in fear of the outcome you'll receive, as to your standing with the school you teach for now? Do you focus on the potential outcome of the evaluation, and do everything you can to ensure your learners are satisfied with the course, even if it means becoming more lenient than you might naturally be?

Those of us teaching for online schools know the weight these evaluations hold for determination of the future of our positions. The online school I work for takes these evaluations very seriously, and yet, there is a holistic view taken and that means all factors of performance are weighed in. The reason why is there are typically only a few...

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