Six Critical Strategies to Engage Online Students in Class
April 26, 20190

Are your students highly engaged in class, motivated, and performing to the best of their abilities? In a perfect classroom environment, every student would be engaged in the course, interested in the subjects, and performing to the very best of their capabilities. That's what every educator hopes for when they start teaching a class.

The reality for most classes is that while some students may be highly engaged and self-motivated, other students will base their involvement upon what is experienced in the classroom and whether or not their expectations are being met. While addressing student engagement can be challenging for traditional classroom educators, it can be even more difficult for online educators who cannot see their...

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5 Steps to Create a Purpose-Driven Teaching Philosophy Statement
April 08, 20190

What would you say about yourself if you were asked to explain your teaching philosophy as an educator? Do you have a guiding mission statement for your instructional practice?

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 have been responsible for interviewing faculty for 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 it did not automatically disqualify them from a teaching position, it does not help them provide a true representation of what...

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Discover Why Positive Psychology Can Transform How You Teach
March 26, 20190

Do you see the best in your students now? Or will you be so focused on classroom management there is only time to get the job done each week? Do you teach online and see a group of anonymous students you may never really get to know? Or do you take the time to learn what you can, through discussions and feedback, to help students with their developmental needs?

Teaching students is not always a matter of showing up for class, disseminating information and instructions, facilitating class discussions, and providing feedback. It is more about the instructional approach you take and its effectiveness when utilized. This is especially true for online instructors who teach in a technologically enabled environment. Your classroom presence as the assigned instructor, or lack thereof,...

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Are You a Caring and Compassionate Educator?
March 13, 20190

Do you view the learning process as an opportunity to build connections with students through an attitude of empathy and caring about them, or do you see yourself as someone who dictates conditions and demands strict compliance with the rules and requirements of each class?

Teaching adults is more commonly called instruction or facilitation, and is often viewed as a specific function with associated requirements that depend upon the person’s status and classroom environment. Some people choose to teach adults as a career in a traditional university and others choose a non-traditional route, such as an online school or corporate classroom. But why does someone, or why would someone, decide to teach adults as a career choice?

I have found there are those who are good with...

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Feedback
February 12, 20190

Do you look forward to providing student feedback, or do you dread the thought of having to read through student papers? Do students engage with and respond to your feedback now? Would you like to be certain students are reading the feedback you take time to develop?

As an educator you may spend a significant amount of time developing feedback for your students, especially for their written assignments. The developmental progress of your students is strengthened when you provide meaningful feedback and they respond to it, either through their actions and improved performance or their follow up questions to you. How do you react when students don’t respond to your feedback? What if they continue to make the same mistakes and their performance does not improve? Do you assume that...

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4 Strategies to Show Students They All Deserve Your Time and Attention
January 08, 20190

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 online school...

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Can You Tell When Your Students Are at Risk for Failure?
December 28, 20180

Do you have any students who are at risk for failure now? Is the performance of any of your students declining? How do you react when your students are not performing well in class?

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...

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Discover What it Means to Be Resilient in Your Career
December 12, 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. A resilient...

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Are You Ready for a Job Change? Trust These Indicators and Transition Steps
November 18, 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 this...

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5 Strategies To Help You Face Stress Head On
November 01, 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 been...

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