Monthly Archives:: June 2014

How to Kick Ass with Words

Posted by & filed under Education, English Composition, Sparks, Strategy.

Without a doubt, fight scenes are a necessity of fiction. Even the most celebrated “literary” fiction writers include aggressive confrontations. Authors like Flannery O’Connor and Tobias Wolfe recognized the importance of violence in writing about humanity. It would be a bald-faced lie to claim that in our Friday night entertainment we don’t yearn for it. […]

Marketing? To Reach Our Students?

Posted by & filed under Blogs, Information Technology, Mass Media, Social Media, Strategy, Technology.

The student wonders: What is in it for me? It is the educators job to reach – to connect – the lesson to the student; to market the lesson as relevant to the student.  The Education Guru provides information regarding “Internet Marketing and Web Development in Higher Education and other tidbits” (http://doteduguru.com/). This site has information […]

Now Introducing….Start Here Orientation Video

Posted by & filed under Blackboard, Circles, Destinations, Passion, Video.

Introduction: This video will be a link in the preemail that is sent to students prior to SPC 1017, Interpersonal Communication (online) course starting. Students will be notified that they will be producing an introductory video the first week of class and to visit the Animoto website in advance.   Interactive Engagement Strategies: When students begin […]

Got a meeting, take a walk TED Talk

Posted by & filed under Education, Ideas, TED.

Here is a great video found by good friend, Kevin Rushing.  This video talks about a great idea.  The great idea is taking a walk when you have a meeting.  She explains that people want to move and not just sit.  Your ideas will flow when you take a walk.  Check out this great video. […]

Video for Getting the Job

Posted by & filed under Education, Faculty Development, How to.

Here is video found by my good friend, Kevin Rushing, on how body language gets you the job.  This is a great video because it features and interview with Christine Jahnke who is the author of the book, “The Well Spoken Woman.”  

Career Blog Post

Posted by & filed under Education, Faculty Development, How to, Strategy, Training.

Here is a great resource from my good friend, Kevin Rushing, for those who may be searching for a new career or want to improve their job interview skills.  The website is called, Career Builder.   There is a great article on the Do’s and Don’ts about Body Language.   There is another great article […]

Who’s Your Daddy?

Posted by & filed under Biology, Blogs, Destinations, Faculty Development.

Human Genome Unzipped: The Daddy of All Blogs! This discussion thread has run for years now. It allows bloggers to express their own viewpoints – be it bioethical or scientific or religious or even political. It is an interesting take on human genetics from all angles and all disciplines. You can be casual or technical […]

Engaging the Active Learner (infographic)

Posted by & filed under Education, Faculty Development, infographic, Strategy, Uncategorized.

The following infographic gives a clear, short explanation on the importance of using active learning strategies in the classroom. Using these strategies and encouraging students to change from passive learners waiting for information to be handed to them to active, enthusiastic learners that get involved in the learning process has a significant impact on enhancing […]

My Stroke of Insight

Posted by & filed under Biology, Blackboard, Brain-based Learning, Education, Faculty Development, infographic, Science, Strategy, TED, Uncategorized, Video.

Introduction: Brain is an organ with more than 85 billion neurons and 10-50 trillion neuroglial cells to support these neurons. This organ with numerous numbers of cells only weights about 3 lb in adults. Each one of its neurons forms approximately 1000 synapses with other neurons. Brain is such a complicated, organized, amazing organ that […]

Clean Hands Save Lives!

Posted by & filed under Biology, Destinations, Education, Faculty Development, How to, Science, Training, Wellness.

THE SCIENCE AND ART OF HAND-WASHING  [A MULTI-PRONG APPROACH TO LESSON DELIVERY] INTRODUCTION.  This lesson incorporates the historical aspects, theory behind and significant impact that regular and proper handwashing has in the healthcare setting. It intends to instill in the minds of students who are in the nursing and allied health programs that hand-washing truly […]

Adapting a Speech to the Audience, A Lesson Plan

Posted by & filed under Blackboard, Chart, Circles, Destinations, How to, Speech.

Introduction: Maintaining an audience-centered approach is crucial to each step of the speech preparation process. From selecting a speech topic to deciding how to organize, word and deliver it, audience analysis is key. It is the process of gathering and analyzing information about audience members’ attributes and motivations with the explicit aim of preparing a […]

“Brick & Mortar” Engagement Strategies

Posted by & filed under Destinations, Education, Foundations, Ideas.

Week 4 Demonstration of Engagement Practices: From icebreakers to methods to gauge depth of understanding, these active learning techniques will get your students out of their seats and involved in the topic at hand. Here are a few that we covered: Continuum Walk/Line: line up in order of experience (we did years teaching at Valencia, […]

Are you smarter than a dog?

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Leighann Leonard  Classical and Operant Conditioning: Are you smarter than a dog?   Before: Watch this TEDEd video on the differences between Classical and Operant conditioning. http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-difference-between-classical-and-operant-conditioning-peggy-andover Also, have students read the chapter on learning in their textbooks.   Entrance ticket: From the TEDEd video, write one paragraph demonstrating the differences between Classical and Operant […]

Mindfulness – Making My World Slow Down

Posted by & filed under Foundations, Good Reads, metacognition, Passion.

Students at Valencia wear many hats. Many of you work(some 2+ jobs), are married or in a serious relationship, have children etc. Now you are taking on another role, college student. There are times when the stars are out of alignment and the world just gets crazy- think finals, health issues, loss of job etc. […]