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Monthly Archives: January 2013

3 Easy Ways to Use an Online Class to Improve Diction

Posted on Wednesday January 30, 2013

One of the most sought after skills by employers is the ability to communicate well, especially virtually and in writing. For example, Quintessential Careers’ experts, Dr. Randall S. Hansen and Dr. Katharine Hansen, stated that the top skill sought by employers is “by far …the ability to listen, write, and speak effectively” (2013). The reasons [...]

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New Global Study Shows U.S. Students Performing Better

Posted on Monday January 28, 2013

Comparing the performance of students in various countries often feels like the proverbial search for a needle in a haystack. Mostly what we end up with is some bumps, bruises, and a lot of agitation. Those competing in the search for accurate information make contradictory claims of success or failure. Usually the politicians are on [...]

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Proof Faculty Expectations and ELearning Improve Student Performance

Posted on Friday January 25, 2013

Recently, the Education Committee of the States (ECS) released a study linking student performance with faculty expectations (December 2012). As the ECS report states: “It is human nature to form instant impressions, perceptions, and expectations of those with whom we come into contact. At the beginning of each school year, teachers must quickly gauge academic [...]

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7 Ways to Improve Online Student Ownership

Posted on Wednesday January 23, 2013

The need for students to take ownership of their learning has become a frequent mantra for educators looking to find ways to meet student needs. How, exactly, this may be accomplished is not so easy to define. As a way to share with other educators how her high school has succeeded in increasing student ownership [...]

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How to Breathe Life into Literature for Students

Posted on Monday January 21, 2013

There’s an old expression that says, “art imitates life.” Nowhere is this more true than in literature. In fact, the development of the field closely parallels the growth of civilization from prehistoric cultures that may have painted and chiseled markings on cave walls to tell the stories of their lives, to ancient civilizations who praised [...]

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Proof Your Professor Really Does Care

Posted on Friday January 18, 2013

Earlier this week, I shared documentation that from whatever context faculty are studied, they tend to provide the same rationale for wanting to work in education: They are passionate about their profession, and they want to see their students succeed (“Educators Offer Consistent Reasons for Working in Higher Ed,” 16 January, 2013). A new book, [...]

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10 Secrets to Raising Student Achievement

Posted on Thursday January 17, 2013

While there is no single solution to improving student achievement, there are some tried, true, and tested methods that have proven to be very effective in raising student achievement.

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Educators Offer Consistent Reasons for Working in Higher Ed

Posted on Wednesday January 16, 2013

Fairly often when I tell people I work in education, I am asked: “Why would anyone want to be a teacher?” The responses to this question are consistent within the most hostile socio-political context, over time, and even delivery modality. Here are three examples. In Bad Times The recent election season and concerns about the [...]

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