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  1. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    A Fabulous Fall Friday Funday, October 14
    A Fabulous Fall Friday Funday, October 14Fall is officially here in the northern hemisphere, and especially here in New England. The leaves are turning colors, the nights are crisp (aka cold), and the sun sets earlier than in the summer. We're getting ready to hunker down, as they say, as...


    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    14/10/2016 #5 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    The with the apostrophes is great. I also like the Mall Maintenance shop with the broken bell. Good stuff, Susan.
    John Rylance
    14/10/2016 #4 John Rylance
    Thought I would just register my enjoyment of the post here as well was on LinkedIn.
    I wonder what sat navs would do about the Left Turn conundrum.
    Ken Boddie
    14/10/2016 #3 Ken Boddie
    I lean towards the apostrophe blunder, Susan, as my old mate, Apo, will verify. You can see what I mean in this old buzz: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/ode-to-the-apostrophe
    Susan Rooks
    14/10/2016 #2 Susan Rooks
    #1 I get as much pleasure out of finding these memes, pictures, and cartoons as anyone, @Kevin Pashuk! And many folks send me stuff, too -- some weeks I have to put out a Silly Saturday post as well. Have a great weekend!
    Kevin Pashuk
    14/10/2016 #1 Kevin Pashuk
    Another great collection Susan. Please don't stop this weekly post.
  2. Kohei Kurihara

    Kohei Kurihara

    Check. When your teacher never leaves the classroom: How WeChat is pervading China’s school systems - via @techreview #marketing #business
    Kohei Kurihara
    When your teacher never leaves the classroom: How WeChat is pervading China’s school systems
    www.technologyreview.com New homework assignments at 7 p.m., corrections due by midnight: how teachers, parents, and students in some schools in China are using WeChat to perpetuate round-the-clock...


    Kohei Kurihara
    10/10/2016 #2 Kohei Kurihara
    #1 Thank you for shared! That seems to be new way for all kids!
    Dean Owen
    10/10/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    I can confirm as my kid is in a Chinese pre-school and I see live updates of the classes she attends on WeChat. It is incredible! I guess I will see whether or not it is pervasive or not when she starts school, but for now, as parents, we love WeChat so keep track of our daughter's activities.
  3. ProducerRobert Bacal

    Robert Bacal

    Understanding Educational Research (Any Research) For Teachers, Decision-Makers And Parents
    Understanding Educational Research (Any Research) For Teachers, Decision-Makers And ParentsThis is part of a three part series on science and research originally written for those in the educational field.It's just as relevant for other fields where scientific research is undertaken to inform practical action and decision making.Making...
  4. ProducerRenée Cormier

    Renée Cormier

    Eight Things People Say That Make Them Seem Stupid
    Eight Things People Say That Make Them Seem StupidI’m going to put my English teacher’s hat on, again today. I like helping people create the best impression, so I often feel compelled to show others how to be better speakers and writers. Today’s post is all about those words and expressions we...


    Renée Cormier
    24/08/2016 #32 Renée Cormier
    #29 Yes, @Carolyn Kiel, that is a common one. That's probably because they don't even know what a gambit is.
    Susan Rooks
    24/08/2016 #31 Susan Rooks
    #30 Luckily, Carolyn Kiel, probably no one will notice. It's a tough word to use correctly; I'm not sure I always do either.
    Carolyn Kiel
    24/08/2016 #30 Carolyn Kiel
    Also, don't even get me started on the use/misuse of the word "ironic." The definition is so complex and nuanced that I doubt I use this word correctly.
    Carolyn Kiel
    24/08/2016 #29 Carolyn Kiel
    Here's one I hear occasionally: people who say "run the gambit" when they really mean "run the gamut." You can run the gauntlet, but I don't think you can run the gambit.
    Brian McKenzie
    24/08/2016 #28 Brian McKenzie
    All of the kids knew 'snuck' was wrong - but all wanted to pronounce it sneak-ed saying the last syllable like the proper name ED ...... however - one 12 year old caught me off guard ..... is someone that sneaks - a sneaker ? ...... I had to say no, but her logic was on point.
    Kevin Pashuk
    24/08/2016 #27 Kevin Pashuk
    Enjoyed the post @Renée Cormier. As a 'grammar particularian' I appreciate you sharing these common misuses (or massacres) of our language. I did not appreciate you resurrecting my irrational fear of proctologists. You know they'll get you in the end.
    Wayne Yoshida
    24/08/2016 #26 Wayne Yoshida
    #15 Hmm. I was thinking of the Ted Nugent song -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EgALtNmJJQ
    Wayne Yoshida
    24/08/2016 #25 Wayne Yoshida
    #13 The kid's telephone game!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    24/08/2016 #24 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #12 I think "cowobberate" is the verb form of "cowobberation." That's the method cattle use to determine who gets to the feeding trough first. lol.

    One can truly use "axe a question," but not as a synonym for "ask." It would mean the question was removed, as in "axed." Not the best idea, though.
    Renée Cormier
    24/08/2016 #23 Renée Cormier
    #22 Sneak, snuck, have snucked? Ha!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    24/08/2016 #22 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    "snuck " is used so often it's in the major dictionaries. I like it better than "sneaked" Frankly, I'll use it if ever I have a need for one or the other. Grammarly accepts both, @Lisa Gallagher
    Renée Cormier
    24/08/2016 #21 Renée Cormier
    #16 Idioms class, eh? Well I'm going to play the devils advocate here and say that someone may be barking up the wrong tree. Once in a blue moon someone will try to steal your thunder and out idiom you. Is that possible? Well, I heard through the grapevine that you sometimes bite off more than you can chew. :)
    Renée Cormier
    24/08/2016 #20 Renée Cormier
    #10 It would seem ignorance is not terribly selective, @ Andrea Luquesi Scott.
    Renée Cormier
    24/08/2016 #19 Renée Cormier
    #11 Supposibly really drives me bats, @Wayne Yoshida!
    Renée Cormier
    24/08/2016 #18 Renée Cormier
    #17#10 #14 Snuck is a tough one because it is so prevalent. Even I hear myself use it on occasion. Eeek!
    Lisa Gallagher
    24/08/2016 #17 Lisa Gallagher
    I've been guilty of using 'snuck,' which my grammarly didn't catch LOL. If I'm using word it will catch it with spellcheck! Interesting list.
    Brian McKenzie
    24/08/2016 #16 Brian McKenzie
    Teaching English again.... the idioms class was so much fun - they requested that I teach them a new idiom every Friday. ooooysht.
    Nick Mlatchkov
    24/08/2016 #15 Anonymous
    "Doggy dog" is incorporated in a nickname - Snoop Doggy Dog!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    24/08/2016 #14 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    I still get a twitch in my eye when I hear "utilize." I will admit to using snuck. It simply sounds better than sneaked.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    24/08/2016 #13 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Excellent buzz @Renée Cormier. Your article reminds me of when someone whispers something in another person's ear, and what was said goes from one person to the next, and it is not the same when it gets to the last person. We repeat what we hear without determining if it's correct.
  5. ProducerRobert Cormack

    Robert Cormack

    Why Typos and Spelling Mistakes Bug People
    Why Typos and Spelling Mistakes Bug PeopleJohn F. Kennedy was a notoriously bad speller. His wife, Jackie, was a very good speller and frequently pointed out his mistakes, something First Ladies are supposed to do when their husbands show signs of illiteracy.John’s poor spellinng was a...


    Sarah Elkins
    01/09/2016 #33 Sarah Elkins
    #25 I will definitely vouch for the quality, competence and reasonable prices of @Charles David Upchurch & @Susan Rooks if you want a proofreader! I am a stickler, not as a troll, but as someone who has clarity as a goal in writing. A typo here or there won't bother me too much, but consistently poor grammar and spelling are distracting. They also indicate someone who doesn't pay attention to detail, which in some lines of work would be a big red flag.

    I love your style, Robert, keep 'em coming.
    Robert Cormack
    18/08/2016 #32 Robert Cormack
    #31 Thanks, Charles, I'll keep you in mind.
    Charles David Upchurch
    18/08/2016 #31 Charles David Upchurch
    If you want feedback in the future, I can provide it privately.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    18/08/2016 #30 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Robert Cormack.. thank you for sharing on this topic. It's serious...grammar but at the same time, I think sometimes taken wayyy to seriously. I do try to get my posts right and proof read, but as happens after publish...I will find an error or two or three and then I edit again chiding myself for the errors 😉 Will keep the faith and hopefully perfection will be attained one day!
    Charles David Upchurch
    18/08/2016 #29 Charles David Upchurch
    I'm sure you misspelled "John's poor 'spellinng' " on purpose, sharing my own sense of humor. Yet in that case you should consider placing "air quotes" around just the "misssppelledd" word, to show readers that you were doing it intentionally. I hope you found this feedback helpful. ~ CDU
    Charles David Upchurch
    18/08/2016 #28 Charles David Upchurch
    Apparently beBee does not know, yet, that we are friends, so I will comment publicly (this time).
    Charles David Upchurch
    18/08/2016 #27 Charles David Upchurch
    I agree, of course, with my friend Susan @Susan Rooks. If you don't hire her, then please consider me! I like the way you differentiate "meticulous" from trollish public critiques. Many here could vouch for my well-intended and PRIVATELY DELIVERED writing feedback (like the message I am sending you, now). I hope that's helpful.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    17/08/2016 #26 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Truth be told, I'm a gawd-awful speller. I NEED my spell checker! OK, so it sometimes gets me into trouble. Like when it cut the second "t" from "That's a thorny question"
    Susan Rooks
    17/08/2016 #25 Susan Rooks
    Well, @Robert Cormack, with me you're preaching to the choir, as they (whoever "they" are) say. As a copy editor and proofreader, I know how many others make errors. Of course, I often find, as you did, errors in my own stuff because it's really hard to proof your own writing.

    That being said, those who create really should consider finding a good copy editor / proofreader because at the end of the article / book / day, it's the creator's reputation that will be hurt. I believe that our only goal in those endeavors to help the authors look and sound as smart as they are.

    I am sorry if anyone thinks that those who make typos or other grammatical errors is a moron or stupid or anything like that, because it's not true. I learned a long time ago that we are all smart, but we are smart in different ways. I live by these words: Ask not "how smart is she?" Ask "how is she smart?" One kind of smart doesn't always translate to another.

    A most-excellent post, and I look forward to more from you!
    Robert Cormack
    17/08/2016 #24 Robert Cormack
    #21 I worry more about grammar with children's books. I don't want kids picking up bad habits unless I'm speaking in a vernacular of, say, a pirate.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    17/08/2016 #23 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #22 And @Susan Rooks, our grammar expert.
    Phillip Louis D 'Amato
    17/08/2016 #22 Phillip Louis D 'Amato
    Thank God for Grammarly​.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    17/08/2016 #21 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #18 I agree, especially when I write my poems, and even some of my posts. I want my words to portray my imagination more than I want to be grammatically correct.
    Robert Cormack
    16/08/2016 #20 Robert Cormack
    #19 Careful, Rene, I could fill your basement (2 manuscripts, collection of short stores, 3 children's books).
    Renée Cormier
    16/08/2016 #19 Renée Cormier
    #17 No worries. Send me your stuff to edit, Robert Cormack!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    16/08/2016 #18 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #16 I ain't either. Actually, we know the grammar well enough to know when we can and should bend, fold, break, or completely obliterate the rules.
    Robert Cormack
    16/08/2016 #17 Robert Cormack
    #15 Well that's good 'cause I ain't always grammatical.
    Renée Cormier
    16/08/2016 #16 Renée Cormier
    Very funny! I see some very prolific writers on beBee who publish with tons of typos and grammatical errors. I get frustrated and stop reading. The odd typo is hard to avoid and relatively harmless, but a message needs to be well written in order to be clearly understood. If you want people to care about what you are saying, then you should make it easy to understand. Mind you, my first career was as an English teacher and I now work in public relations/ communications, so that may be part of my problem. :)
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    16/08/2016 #15 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Typos and grammatical errors can be distracting, especially if they are mine. Otherwise, I don't think any less of an article or the author because of a typo or grammatical error, as long as it is a good read.
    Peter van Doorn
    16/08/2016 #14 Peter van Doorn
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  6. Melissa Hughes

    Melissa Hughes

    The most meaningful and impactful experiences are rooted in our own natural curiosity - a personal, passionate yearning to find out what, why, or how something works or could work better.
    Melissa Hughes
    Is Education Killing Curiosity?
    andrickgroupblog.wordpress.com With all the rhetoric about what’s wrong with education today and how to fix it, there is no shortage of opinions and perspectives about raising the test scores that demonstrate student...


    Melissa Hughes
    17/08/2016 #2 Anonymous
    #1 Thank you for the read and for sharing your thoughts, Harvey. If enough of us fight for those moments and share the rewards, perhaps we can reinforce the value of being curious, experimenting, making mistakes, and discovering!
    Harvey Lloyd
    16/08/2016 #1 Harvey Lloyd
    Awesome post. You get my vote, education is becoming the killer of wisdom. Within the Chaos we call living one needs to seek out many perspectives and results to find their path. Education is helping our children live inside a box that is unproductive and very hard to break out of during your adult life. I meet these folks everyday. If we constantly test the budget of our check book then we become a budget. Loosing site of why we wanted the budget in the first place. We test students on standards so we have become the standards. Based on your profile statement at the end I believe you do know how to measure curiosity. That moment someone understands something for the first time is like watching a locked door get opened. I fight for these moments both professionally and socially.
  7. ProducerAgness Walewinder
    Can Non-Native English Speakers Teach English in China?
    Can Non-Native English Speakers Teach English in China?With Chinese economy gaining more traction in the global market, speaking English becomes more of a necessity for its citizens. This is why demand for English teachers in the country has skyrocketed. For 2015 to 2016 alone, it is estimated that at...


    Brian McKenzie
    10/08/2016 #6 Brian McKenzie
    I have taught English before - but it has always been ad hoc, and for smaller schools - the bigger houses all want formal face to face TOEFL. Thanks for the link, I will take a look.
    Agness Walewinder
    10/08/2016 #5 Agness Walewinder
    #4 Brian, they do. I have an online certificate and it's perfectly fine. Even with the government when applying for the working visa.

    Are you looking for a job? We know a few schools who are looking for teachers and they pay well. Contact us through http://etramping.com/about/contact-us/
    Brian McKenzie
    10/08/2016 #4 Brian McKenzie
    I keep hitting the TOEFL certification wall - Everybody nearly requires it, but when you ask around - they wont accept an online certification for it - so WTF.
    Agness Walewinder
    10/08/2016 #3 Agness Walewinder
    #1 That's right. The changes will affect non-native teachers who did not study in a native English speaking country and want to work LEGALLY. People who don't fulfill these requirements can still teach, explore and save money. However, they will not get the legal work visa, which is hard to get anyway (because the school needs to have a special government-issued licence to employ foreigners, and 99% of the schools don't have it anyway). The point is that the legal requirements are mostly overlooked here by officials unless someone does something bad (use drugs, have a fight, etc.). Hope this helps
    Vincent Andrew
    10/08/2016 #2 Vincent Andrew
    Almost signed on the dotted line to teach English in Hong Kong some time back. Did not sign because of family commitments. Yes I agree that teaching overseas can expand one's horizons and there are opportunities to work with new colleagues, learn and savour a different culture and of course working with a different set of students that you may not be used to. Enjoy your teaching there @Agness Walewinder.
    Dean Owen
    10/08/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    I heard there are some changes in the works that will make it difficult for non-native English speakers to get a visa to teach English: https://youtu.be/TnI_v2OMYyU View more
    I heard there are some changes in the works that will make it difficult for non-native English speakers to get a visa to teach English: https://youtu.be/TnI_v2OMYyU

    Glad you are enjoying China. If you get the chance do visit my favourite province Yunnan. Close
  8. ProducerAli Anani

    Ali Anani

    Are Tears the New Fingerprints?
    Are Tears the New Fingerprints?I find it fascinating the new facts about tears. They unfold new realties and next time you cry have a new attitude to the tears you shed. New scientific findings disrupt our beliefs, and I dare say even well-established scientific Laws such as...


    Ali Anani
    31/08/2016 #104 Ali Anani
    #103 True teas are pearls dear @Lisa Gallagher
    Lisa Gallagher
    31/08/2016 #103 Lisa Gallagher
    I read this again @Ali Anani, still very impactful. I always encouraged, never discouraged, my children from crying. We were taught in school that tears can release toxins and also leads to less aggression, especially in boys. I know i always feel a deep sense of calm or very sleepy after a good cry. Onions, well those tears just burn lol.
    Dale Masters
    31/08/2016 #102 Dale Masters
    I also realised that the reason I don't cry may lie in the ability of my dreams to induce the cathartic state usually accomplished by crying.
    Dale Masters
    31/08/2016 #101 Dale Masters
    I stopped using deodorant about six months ago---I perspire a lot, and started using menthol powder after I shower to control perspiration.
    I have narcolepsy as well....and I find it interesting that while in the throes of an attack, the dreams I have are predictive of future events. A group I belong to asked a question about this selfsame thing, and it turns out that 95% of respondents have had predictive dreams. I have often wondered if narcolepsy isn't the same thing as an unasked "vision quest", since so many of us with narcolepsy tend to share dream characteristics common in the visions of native shamans. I'll have to look up the references.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    19/08/2016 #100 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #99 🌻
    Ali Anani
    18/08/2016 #99 Ali Anani
    #98 I am deeply grateful to you dear @Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    18/08/2016 #98 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #97 Done :)
    Ali Anani
    18/08/2016 #97 Ali Anani
    Would love to dear @Franci Eugenia Hoffman in respect of a readers' wish. Thank you for asking
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    18/08/2016 #96 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    #94 Ali Anani, do you want this buzz shared to Physical Education and Sports hive?
    Javier beBee
    18/08/2016 #95 Javier beBee
    #94 @Ali Anani you can just reply Yes or No to the suggestion. It is up to you ! thanks
    Ali Anani
    18/08/2016 #94 Ali Anani
    I received the following notification:
    Someone has suggested that you reclassify your buzz in the Physical Education and Sports hive

    Dear @Javier beBee- is there a way to accommodate this suggestion? I have already shared this buzz on three hives, but find this suggestion plausible
    Ali Anani
    18/08/2016 #93 Ali Anani
    #92 Spot on and I fully agree David Lisle
    David Lisle
    18/08/2016 #92 David Lisle
    Our human uniqueness never ceases to fill me with wonderment.
    Ali Anani
    18/08/2016 #91 Ali Anani
    #90 For all female commenters- this comment translates to
    Mourn certainly does well and shows understanding , as the cabala says, women who understand the world so often cry. @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD View more
    #90 For all female commenters- this comment translates to
    Mourn certainly does well and shows understanding , as the cabala says, women who understand the world so often cry. @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD what do you think? Close
    marcelo leiva
    18/08/2016 #90 marcelo leiva
    sin duda llorar hace bien muestra comprensión , como dice la cabala las mujeres comprenden el mundo por eso lloran a menudo
    Ali Anani
    14/08/2016 #89 Ali Anani
    Your comments is amazing @Brian McKenzie. How to avoid tears and their prints provides me with a new thinking line
    Brian McKenzie
    14/08/2016 #88 Brian McKenzie
    #87 @Ali Anani you can get a finger-print from a photo - many a box has been hacked that way. Peel the first layer of the onion away, run it under cold water - then slice - no tears.
    Ali Anani
    14/08/2016 #87 Ali Anani
    You haven't been exposed even to onions for ten years Brian MaKenzie? No tears then no fingerprint like? But, how then use the camera to take eyes fingerprints?
    Brian McKenzie
    14/08/2016 #86 Brian McKenzie
    Tears are not the new fingerprints. I cant remember the last time I cried, certainly not in the last ten years. Nor do I have a cryfest scheduled on the horizon. I still have my fingerprints.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    13/08/2016 #85 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    I see the willow tree above now...hey. Oopsies! brain injury..what can I say? gotta laugh at it! Oopsies!
  9. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    Tuesday Tricksters, August 9: Jalousie - Jibe
    Tuesday Tricksters, August 9: Jalousie - JibeWell, here we go with the latest installment of Tuesday Tricksters, words (homophones) that sound alike (or nearly so), but mean something different and are spelled differently. Please remember that spellcheck will not help you here; if you spell...


    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    10/08/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    My DH's (Dreaded Homophones) are jell/gel as stated. Add in past/passed, too. While we're at it or/nor bugs me too. (Ok, so or/nor aren't homophones but dreaded anyway)
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    10/08/2016 #2 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Jell and gel - interesting. I don't use these often. As far as jibe and gibe, I also use jive as @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian stated. Is this s whoops?
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    09/08/2016 #1 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Jell (v.): Gel (n.): Ok, these ones I mix up and OFTEN!! As far as Jibe and Gibe go, I just switch to the more colloquial "jive," which just might be an error on its own.
  10. Spiri Howard

    Spiri Howard

    Don't Miss The Boat
    "You know mom, school is just a place where teachers teach what they have to, you know, curriculum and test prep. When I want to learn something, something that's important to me, I know where I can find it and who I can learn from. I build those relationships online, I can make them happen. Kids just go to the source. A lot of the time, well recently, its not from a school, its not from a teacher or the relationship I have with them. I just think teachers don't get that."
    21st Century Learning,Oskar Cymerman,Online learning,cyber schools,Anant Agarwal,education,Gabe Howard,learning relationships
    Spiri Howard
    Don’t Miss The Boat
    fromthecyberside.wordpress.com “You know mom, school is just a place where teachers teach what they have to, you know, curriculum and test prep. When I want to learn something, something that’s important to me, I...
  11. ProducerPaul O'Neill

    Paul O'Neill

    Reaching the Unreachable
    Reaching the UnreachableAs a classroom teacher, I always worked with students who were unable to find success anywhere else. My class was known as the last stop on the train. When approached about the subject, some students had reservations about entering the program. Once...


    Vincent Andrew
    12/08/2016 #21 Vincent Andrew
    Sometimes it is not about teaching the content. It starts with how our students see us. Are we to be trusted? Can they get along with us? Can they talk to us? Often times these are my feelings. Students need to feel the connection. To feel that they are cared for. That their views matter. That despite our imperfections, we can actually work together and learn from each other. Thanks for a thoughtful post @Paul O'Neill.
    Paul O'Neill
    04/08/2016 #20 Paul O'Neill
    #10 Thank you, Graham! Teams are only as strong as the sum of their parts. Having every member fully invested makes difficult work much simpler.
    Paul O'Neill
    04/08/2016 #19 Paul O'Neill
    #9 Please do share, Anees. How we walk our talk in any walk of life is important. It strongly relates especially for those of us who lead others.
    Paul O'Neill
    04/08/2016 #18 Paul O'Neill
    #8 Thank you, @Franci Eugenia Hoffman. Your kind feedback is always appreciated.
    Paul O'Neill
    04/08/2016 #17 Paul O'Neill
    #7 Glad you enjoyed the post, Debasish!
    Paul O'Neill
    04/08/2016 #16 Paul O'Neill
    #6 @Kristi Latimer, acceptance and security are two key factors that are essential for all ages. They can serve as key motivating factors.
    Paul O'Neill
    04/08/2016 #15 Paul O'Neill
    #5 Appreciate the feedback, Joel.
    Paul O'Neill
    04/08/2016 #14 Paul O'Neill
    #4 @Irene Hackett, thank you so much for the kind words. As a former business owner, I agree that this list is certainly applicable.
    Paul O'Neill
    04/08/2016 #13 Paul O'Neill
    #3 Teaching is certainly not for the faint of heart. Serving as a substitute teacher is a tough job. Bless those who rise to the challenge.
    Paul O'Neill
    04/08/2016 #12 Paul O'Neill
    #2 Winning their hearts was the game changer and continues to be the key factor still to this day!
    Paul O'Neill
    04/08/2016 #11 Paul O'Neill
    #1 Thank you for your kind words and feedback!
    Graham Edwards
    03/08/2016 #10 Graham Edwards
    Really nice buzz @Paul O'Neill. I think this translates very well to any team situation. Way to go!
    Anees Zaidi
    03/08/2016 #9 Anees Zaidi
    Excellent post @Paul O'Neill. You practiced great techniques starting with the most important of all - 'walk the talk'. This shows the student their teachers' authenticity that cements the trust. Thanks for sharing your great experience. I would love to share it.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    03/08/2016 #8 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Excellent post @Paul O'Neill. Great tips and this is a great example of the way learning should be.
    debasish majumder
    03/08/2016 #7 debasish majumder
    lovely post Paul O'Neill. enjoyed read. thanks for sharing it.
    Kristi Latimer
    03/08/2016 #6 Kristi Latimer
    This is a home run @Paul O'Neill! These points serve as powerful reminders about how we need to offer acceptance and security to everyone around us. Well done!
    Joel Anderson
    03/08/2016 #5 Joel Anderson
    Nicely done.
    Irene Hackett
    03/08/2016 #4 Anonymous
    @Paul O'Neill - Great list. You are undoubtedly, what I consider "The Real Deal" and I commend you for your passion to work in one of the most valuable roles for our youth. On another note, I would add that this same list - can be applied in the business world. Adults have hearts too and they need to be "won" in order to progress and develop.
    Sharon Fulgenzi
    03/08/2016 #3 Sharon Fulgenzi
    Very nice post. Teachers are so important and have a tough job. I substituted for a while and always said every parent should be a substitute for a week. Sounds like you love what you do. Keep it going!
    Lisa Gallagher
    03/08/2016 #2 Lisa Gallagher
    "We won their hearts." When you win another's heart, anything is possible. Very impressive and great tips @Paul O'Neill!
  12. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    Are School Libraries Even Needed Anymore?
    Are School Libraries Even Needed Anymore?Kids today have it easy.Aside from not having to walk 2 miles (uphill) each way to school through waist deep snow, they have the Internet to provide a rich source of knowledge and information, and don't have to rely on the school library to get this...


    Charles David Upchurch
    04/10/2016 #67 Charles David Upchurch
    Edited for typos...

    Here's my own contribution to the discussion....

    [Printed] books still have a lot of value.

    Younger readers are still more excited by bringing home real books from the library than they are by being able to access books on tablets and PCs.

    On the other hand, the skills of finding, qualifying, and sifting through information are definitely important for internet-enabled research and learning.
    Charles David Upchurch
    04/10/2016 #64 Charles David Upchurch
    @Kevin Pashuk I shared this over on LinkedIn. Strong, broad-audience content like this and great comments like those below will continue to attract newBees to beBee, like bears to honey!
    Kevin Pashuk
    02/10/2016 #63 Kevin Pashuk
    #61 I agree with @Vincent Andrew, great idea. I've never napped in a library however....
    Vincent Andrew
    02/10/2016 #62 Vincent Andrew
    Fantastic initiative! #61
    Paul Walters
    02/10/2016 #61 Paul Walters
    @Kevin Pashuk I have just read this piece thank you. The interesting thing is that as I speak we have a visitor from palakaraya in kalimantan ( Borneo) She is very involved in setting up libraries in remote villages across Kalimantan and we are working with her to get a floating library up and running so that this library can visit the remote villages where NO internet is available. We sometimes forget that not all people have access to the internet and wont have for many years to come. !!! I love libraries , great place to hang out and have a nap!!!
    Pamela L. Williams
    31/07/2016 #60 Pamela L. Williams
    #59 You speak the Truth John! I still want to hold a book sometimes :-)
    John Valledor
    31/07/2016 #59 John Valledor
    Pamela, I refently visited the General Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abiline, KS. I actually held in my very hands the original files/reports from his preserved desk as Supreme Allied Commander on the eve of the D-Day Invasion in 1944. Yes, the original documents were priceless. Still, nature (humidity), time (age) and microscopic bacteria are destroying these historical artifacts. Some docs are desintegrating with age. The library's caretakers are painstakingly converting ALL of these historical artifacts to digital (PDF) format. Benefits include people six generations from now reading the same docs I held in my hands as well as some current day student searching and finding them on his/her smartphone without ever having to teavel to Abiline, Kansas. Imagine if a fire destroyed that library...the originals might be lost, but the digital versions will last for ever. I'm not oppossed to your valid points, just viewing modernity from a glass half-full point of view. #58
    Pamela L. Williams
    31/07/2016 #58 Pamela L. Williams
    #55 Your points are extremely valid John, but then I must consider; is a digital Mona Lisa the same as the painting? Can looking a VR depiction of 'David' give you the same emotional response as circling the statue? For that matter, the same would apply to a tree. Even with all the technological advancement there is something to be said for the real thing. Do you want a juicy rib eye, cooked to perfection or something that tastes like a steak, smells like a steak, but is in fact tofu?
    Gerald Hecht
    31/07/2016 #57 Gerald Hecht
    @Vincent Andrew yes! Now...the red spots have to be microchips capable of RFID thingies...people would peel the spots off... #52
    Leckey Harrison
    31/07/2016 #56 Leckey Harrison
    John Valledor
    31/07/2016 #55 John Valledor
    Vincent, your points are valid. Still, I beleive that everyone of your listed practices can be adopted (and adapted) to today's technology environment. Only thing holding us back is a lack of imagination. As an advocate of Design Thinking, I feel that the problems addressed in this buzz (the concept of physical books and brick-and-mortar libraries) can be solved (evolved) via creative ideation, prototyping and testing...just three frames of reference in Design Thinking. The anxiety that befalls paradigm shifts is illustrative of the fear of letting go of established norms (the past). To which I say, fear not, but move out boldly.
    You know, if you step back, beBee's advocacy is all about shedding established social media norms (Facebook & LinkedIn) and embracing "affinity" collaboration as the new, novel norm. I'm here in beBee to embrace change and forget the past. BeBee is a result of ideation, prototyping and now testing. They are unwittingly showcasing Design Thinking. This is why I love their approach and this channel. #53
    Vincent Andrew
    31/07/2016 #54 Vincent Andrew
    "Has your library been re-imagined to support today's learners?" What a great question @Kevin Pashuk! This question should be given to every student, teacher and school management to answer. It will make for an interesting discussion and possibly a platform to improve on what is being offered at the moment.
    Vincent Andrew
    31/07/2016 #53 Vincent Andrew
    You're right @Gerald Hecht. Being in a library teaches you some kind of discipline and positive behaviours. You learn to queue, you learn to ask for information that you need, you pay when books are overdue, you take care of the books when you borrow them, etc. These are often taken for granted but there are essential for our young learners.
    Vincent Andrew
    31/07/2016 #52 Vincent Andrew
    Remember the red spot books? The ones that you can only borrow for 2 hours as the books are in heavy demand especially just before examination time? How you treasure the time with such books.
    Gerald Hecht
    31/07/2016 #51 Gerald Hecht
    @Pamela L. Williams that's so true! It must be a conditioned response...but maybe that scent of text,binding materials, etc., really does make us smarter! I think it's conditioned, though, (unless you take the book home) as many libraries are becoming noisy "activity centers", as I alluded to before...and underestimating the "powerful effects" of a dead quiet zone...first offenders receiving the "shhh" heard throughout the entire library (regardless of size) would be ...is it the case that the "library vibe" reflects societal interactions at large OR is the (school) library the place where many of first learned, the behaviors which generalize to our behavior in traffic, the supermarket... #50
    Pamela L. Williams
    31/07/2016 #50 Pamela L. Williams
    I absolutely agree with you Kevin. I would also add that a physical book is a treasure to behold. When you hold War & Peace in your hand, you feel the weight of this volume you truly appreciate the writing of this work of art. It's why I still like a 'book' in my hand. I'm conflicted on buying them now, an offshoot of my 'spare a tree' convictions but I do, It's almost like an obsession to peruse all the offerings in a bookstore. A library can serve the purpose of giving me my book 'fix' and not destroy another tree, but sometimes I just have own it! Then there are the classics, there is nothing like the smell of old book. The aroma makes you feel smarter.
    Gerald Hecht
    31/07/2016 #49 Gerald Hecht
    @Kevin Pashuk The issue that bothers me the most (locally) regarding our libraries, really doesn't directly involve a traditional vs. cyber media conflict...rather, inside the library physical plant itself...there appears to be a complete breakdown in, the (to me) most important things I learned in libraries: social decorum, consideration for others, returning materials (short term and long term) to the appropriate place by the appropriate "time sharing" deadline, no eating, drinking, etc. in the actual work space...leaving the furniture intact...
    Gert Scholtz
    31/07/2016 #48 Gert Scholtz
    @Kevin Pashuk As a school pupil (and even now) I loved a library - the rows of book, the discovery of something new to read and even the smell of books. Information technology has changed this a great deal - your article is a must read for all school librarians today. Wonderful piece Kevin.
    Kevin Pashuk
    31/07/2016 #47 Kevin Pashuk
    #46 Tnks @Sara Jacobovici.. or should I reply "Hello Sara." since I'm also a bookaholic. But it's one of the few addictions you should not overcome.
    Sara Jacobovici
    31/07/2016 #46 Sara Jacobovici
    I could "like" every of the 44 comments that have come before mine @Kevin Pashuk. My name is Sara and I am a bookaholic. I also was involved with Heather Reisman when she first started her foundation to support schools to create and maintain their libraries. http://www.loveofreading.org/ Thanks for being the catalyst to this important discussion Kevin. "A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ? proof that humans can work magic."
    Author: Carl Sagan
  13. ProducerPaul O'Neill

    Paul O'Neill

    The power of belief
    The power of beliefKids excitedly ran towards her class and groaned in disappointment when the period was over. She was doing somersaults long before the term "flipped classroom" became all the rage. Her students referred to her as "Miss Magic." While the nickname...


    Paul O'Neill
    26/07/2016 #4 Paul O'Neill
    #2 As a fellow teacher of older learners, we also emphasize the importance of seeking/receiving support throughout the struggle. I have worked with all ages amongst the entire K-12 spectrum. The conversations about life with the older students are my favorite.
    Paul O'Neill
    26/07/2016 #3 Paul O'Neill
    #1 @Kristi Latimer, that beginning of the school year magic is so important. Relationships can be made or broken based upon how students perceive their acceptance into a new environment.
    Vincent Andrew
    26/07/2016 #2 Vincent Andrew
    With my 16-18 age group of students, it is important that I believe in my students - that they possess the traits to make good their time in school. This belief is supported by affirmative actions that help them to go through their struggles. For example, if they don't quite get the idea of what we are discussing in class and if this is evidenced in their assignments, I show them strategies to keep them back on track. In my view it's important that students develop the belief that their hard work will pay off and we as teachers have to be the first to show them that this is true. Thank you for the post @Paul O'Neill.
    Kristi Latimer
    26/07/2016 #1 Kristi Latimer
    This is such an great and inspuratuonsl post @Paul O'Neill, especially with the magic of school beginning very soon. It's so important that our students see and feel the magic each and every day in our classrooms! If we don't believe and help them believe then we need to find a different profession. Well done!
  14. Melissa Hughes

    Melissa Hughes

    A little inspiration for teachers gearing up to start the new year!
    Melissa Hughes
    11 Things to Remember to Keep Your Passion for Teaching in Focus
    andrickgroupblog.wordpress.com The floors are polished, the desks are clean, the pencils are sharpened, and the “Welcome Back!” banner is hung.  As summer comes to a close, educators across the country have been working hard to...
  15. ProducerVincent Andrew

    Vincent Andrew

    Sikorsky, Rationality and The Critical Professor
    Sikorsky, Rationality and The Critical ProfessorEvery 3 months without fail ever since I graduated from my first university, I have been receiving the university magazine. It's glossy, it's full of stories of recent and old graduates of their achievements. Looking at the magazine I asked myself...


    Vincent Andrew
    23/07/2016 #17 Vincent Andrew
    Thank you @John Valledor for your comment. Always nice to read your articles too!
    John Valledor
    23/07/2016 #16 John Valledor
    Follow your dreams! I too love travelling in helicopters. Then one day gravity and mechanical failure challenged my love for this amazing technology. Nice read!
    Vincent Andrew
    23/07/2016 #15 Vincent Andrew
    Yes @Mohammed A. Jawad. I'm really passionate about education and teaching. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words.
    Vincent Andrew
    23/07/2016 #14 Vincent Andrew
    #12 Thank you @Franci Eugenia Hoffman for your kind comments and the share.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    23/07/2016 #13 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Looks like a passionate journey with unwavering determination!
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    23/07/2016 #12 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    You pursued your dreams and met your goals. That's very commendable. Good post @Vincent Andrew.
    Vincent Andrew
    23/07/2016 #11 Vincent Andrew
    #10 I agree @Gert Scholtz. Behavioral economics is fascinating! Wished I had learnt that in uni all those years ago!
    Gert Scholtz
    23/07/2016 #10 Gert Scholtz
    @Vincent Andrew Behavioral economics is an eye-opener! Led by Daniel Kahneman, the only psychologist to have won the Nobel prize for economics.
    Vincent Andrew
    23/07/2016 #9 Vincent Andrew
    #4 In my country they call it O-levels which is equivalent to GCSE. Thank you for your comment.
    Vincent Andrew
    23/07/2016 #8 Vincent Andrew
    #3 Thank you for the shares @Sue Chien Lee.
    Vincent Andrew
    23/07/2016 #7 Vincent Andrew
    #3 The buzz is very much about learning @Sue Chien Lee. My favourite topic. Maybe that's why I'm a teacher :)
    Vincent Andrew
    23/07/2016 #6 Vincent Andrew
    #1 The dream of flying is still alive @Lisa Gallagher. Thank you for the encouragement and your kind words.
    Vincent Andrew
    23/07/2016 #5 Vincent Andrew
    #2 Thank you for the share @Lisa Gallagher.
    Erroll -EL- Warner
    23/07/2016 #4 Erroll -EL- Warner
    Talking about --"A-Level-". I am assuming you are talking about those days of G.C..S.E.. British Secondary Educational Exams. A nice to reflect.
    Sue Chien Lee
    23/07/2016 #3 Sue Chien Lee
    Learning how to learn with @Vincent Andrew. Thank you Vincent!
    Lisa Gallagher
    23/07/2016 #2 Lisa Gallagher
    Great buzz by @Vincent Andrew
    Lisa Gallagher
    23/07/2016 #1 Lisa Gallagher
    Very admirable @Vincent Andrew, you spent a lot of time thinking things through and followed your gut. After a lot of work it paid off well, you are helping others and that truly is a calling! I would love to hear that one day your dream of learning to fly becomes a reality for you! Thank you for sharing!
  16. ProducerVincent Andrew

    Vincent Andrew

    A Dialogue About Classroom Lessons (Part 1)
    A Dialogue About Classroom Lessons (Part 1)Purpose The aim of this article is to describe a series of lessons so that the reader can form an opinion about whether such a lesson is representative of lessons he/she has seen, read or experienced before. As you read the description, what...


    Vincent Andrew
    18/07/2016 #17 Vincent Andrew
    Thank you for the shares @John White, MBA.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #16 Vincent Andrew
    #15 Point noted @CityVP Manjit. Thank you so much for your comment.
    CityVP Manjit
    17/07/2016 #15 CityVP Manjit
    #13 Take one step backwards Vincent. Your classroom is in a college, your classroom is part of a greater ecology of the college. That college operates and is organized no differently to a business organization, you have just not seen that you already exist in a business, the business of education and the school or college is a mirror of all other organizations with the same relational effects and leadership dimensions - use what you already have and then there is greater appreciation for what sits outside the ecology of your workplace. The students are eyes to the outside world already so leverage those eyes but first see where you are.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #14 Vincent Andrew
    Thank you for the shares @Franci Eugenia Hoffman!
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #13 Vincent Andrew
    #12 You have just given me the impetus to look at something I have shelved @CityVP Manjit i.e. to give them some real experience outside the classroom, to experience what it's like to lead, to follow in a real business organisation. Thanks again for a great point Manjit!
    CityVP Manjit
    17/07/2016 #12 CityVP Manjit
    #11 One thing to point out is that the resources available to young people are greater outside the classroom than they are in the set curriculum of the educational system. This means young people are teaching me about a world that they live in outside the class and in knowing that I can return their leadership with guidance. The power of you being a guide Vincent is greater than the power of you being a teacher in this age.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #11 Vincent Andrew
    #10 Great point @CityVP Manjit! "What is leadership if it rules uncertainty out of the equation." I find that in teaching Business, there are many different ways of solving or approaching just one issue. And students have to learn to evaluate each way. Nothing is certain in Business and the students that I teach I hope will appreciate its complexity. Thank you for the share too Manjit.
    CityVP Manjit
    17/07/2016 #10 CityVP Manjit
    The key thing about academic accounts of leadership is that this is not how leadership is practiced. So do we want our students to put label x and label y on things or assume that there are three forms of leadership, or do we want them to directly experience leadership. This is the moment leadership needs to flow through teacher both as formal and informal, and while we assume the leadership found in the students will be informal, there is still a network of leadership happening inside of that classroom. It requires skill and discernment to turn the classroom into action learning, and the risk of this is uncertainty of outcome. What is leadership if it rules uncertainty out of the equation. Here is a link to action learning http://www.wial.org/action-learning
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #9 Vincent Andrew
    #6 Agree with you @vanessa ropiha. There is scope for students to think that informal leadership can be quite a good thing in an organisation. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #8 Vincent Andrew
    #4 Yes good thoughts here @Mamen Delgado.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #7 Vincent Andrew
    Thank you for the share @Mamen Delgado.
    vanessa ropiha
    17/07/2016 #6 vanessa ropiha
    I like the lesson here @Vincent Andrew, hopefully it is making younger minds think about the qualities of good leadership in differing situations, how to recognize it in other people, how they can review different scenarios and what they would have done better or differently to achieve their anticipated goals.
    Also the informal leader is good for a class to recognize as we are usually pushed to work within the boundaries of formal leadership put forward by society and training. Corporately informal leadership can be seen as negatively impacting on the interrelationships and hierarchical organisation. If younger generations are taught that informal leadership is a quality that can be used in all manners of life then it is definitely a positive step and not something to be shied away from.
    My thoughts anyway
    Mamen Delgado
    17/07/2016 #5 Mamen Delgado
    #3 Hahahaha!! Those are some ideas, but please don't pay very much attention to them if you feel they are not worthy... ☺️
    Mamen Delgado
    17/07/2016 #4 Mamen Delgado
    #3 I'll tell you with an example. There used to be in Madrid a Science Museum for kids, where they could touch everything! They could make experiments and there was an area called "Touch, touch!" which my children and I loved specially. The concept of the Museum was that you understand an experiment in a deep way if you "feel" the experiment, not only intellectually but with all your senses putting yourself in the skin of the inventor. That could be an idea, put your students in the skin of a business men or women, try a little "theater" with them, sit them in groups to interact among them as in a "real" company,... Probably you do that as well as what you have told us before. I don't know, play with them to act: How would a formal leader act? What would he/she say? And an informal leader? Make them feel the difference inside them saying some formal sentences and some informal ones.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #3 Vincent Andrew
    "I love learning in a dynamic way, in movement" Can you expand on this @Mamen Delgado? I'm trying to understand how my own students learn stuff in class. Thank you so much for reading this post.
    Vincent Andrew
    17/07/2016 #2 Vincent Andrew
    "Formal" - That's an important comment @Mamen Delgado.
    Mamen Delgado
    17/07/2016 #1 Mamen Delgado
    I can't help you very much @Vincent Andrew about your questions. After reading twice your post it sounds to me like a very "formal" lesson. I am not a teacher, so please don't pay very much attention to what I say, but I know I love learning in a dynamic way, in movement. ;)
  17. ProducerRobert Bacal

    Robert Bacal

    What Makes It All Worthwhile?
    What Makes It All Worthwhile?Regardless of what you do for a living, whether it's fixing people plumbing, or helping people better manage a company, there are those super events that stand out in memory, because they make all the less desireable aspects of work "all worth...
  18. ProducerRobert Bacal

    Robert Bacal

    Teachers: Pick Your Battles With Parents And Resist The Urge To Fight Pointless Battles
    Teachers: Pick Your Battles With Parents And Resist The Urge To Fight Pointless BattlesTips For Teachers: Dealing With Difficult Parents - Tips for teachers is based on the book, Building Bridges Between Home And School: The Educator's/Teacher's Guide To Dealing With Emotional And Upset Parents. Additional tips are available at our...
  19. ProducerSteven Brownlee

    Steven Brownlee

    Coding Academies are Essential
    Coding Academies are EssentialI read an article yesterday posted on the venerated, respected journal TechCrunch entitled "Coding Academies Are Nonsense". While I classify the assertions of the article as ignorant, myopic, and perhaps bitter, the main point that the author misses...
  20. ProducerAdam Crane

    Adam Crane

    Energy!What are POTENTIAL and KINETIC ENERGY? Energy is power that makes something happen! Imagine for a moment examples different types of energy used everyday: cars, trains, elevators, light bulbs, planes, swinging a golf club, computing, walking, doing...


    Sara Jacobovici
    10/06/2016 #5 Sara Jacobovici
    @Adam Crane I hope you are able to see the comments you're getting. Well deserved.
    Sara Jacobovici
    10/06/2016 #4 Sara Jacobovici
    @Adam Crane's energy is palpable.
    Sara Jacobovici
    10/06/2016 #3 Sara Jacobovici
    I think your energy deserves support @Adam Crane. I am happy to move this Buzz forward. Wishing you all the success!
    Nancy Walker
    10/06/2016 #2 Nancy Walker
    It's really inspiring to hear about your work with people through music. It's such a creative way to teach and I've been glued to your YouTube page all morning. Keep sharing these wonderful buzzes.
    Elizabeth Harris
    10/06/2016 #1 Elizabeth Harris
    This Quest team rocks! All the work and CV looks it covers all and the combination of IT and music looks like a powerful mix.
  21. Robyn Shulman

    Robyn Shulman

    If you work in the education system in the US, please check out this grant from Tiggly. They are giving away up to $2,000 worth of their amazing tools that will be implemented in two US schools. Details can be found at the link!
    Robyn Shulman
    Tiggly Grant 2016
    www.ednewsdaily.com Tiggly Grant 2016 On April 21st, 2016, the White House recognized Tiggly for its contribution in advancing early STEM learning and they made a commitment to take part in the national effort in promoting early learning STEM. As part of this...
  22. ProducerAdam Crane

    Adam Crane

    Practice with Purpose!
    Practice with Purpose!-- REMEMBERING -- Playing an instrument correctly and comfortably with deliberation uses many varied Cognitive Processes. What does the term Cognitive Process mean?The Cognitive Process refers to how people use information. It is the process of...


    Adam Crane
    07/06/2016 #3 Adam Crane
    #2 Absolutely subjective, however with any 'task at hand' having a clearly defined goal is always a great start! If improvisation practice is the goal, once can approach it in several ways. Write a list of emotion categories, or meaningful thoughts and then improvise on that theme. Another goal could be choosing a rhythm pattern or harmonic progression as the base content to practice.
    Oliver Moloney
    07/06/2016 #2 Oliver Moloney
    Great post @Adam Crane, I'd love to know your views on improvised musicianship with regards to practicing with purpose. Don;t worry it's not a coax - I know this subject is ...'subjective' but always an interesting conversation.
    James Smith
    07/06/2016 #1 James Smith
    Great tips here @Adam Crane I think i would add commitment or/and passion, even if they don't have to do with the technical aspects, music doesn't sound the same without them.
  23. ProducerRod Berger

    Rod Berger

    Education: The Fine Line Between Policy & Practice
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    Nancy Walker
    09/06/2016 #2 Nancy Walker
    Really interesting interview Rod, It has long be the consensus that teachers should have more chairs at the table with regards to education as a whole rather than just our functioning title. Thought provoking stuff that I will be sharing around!.
    Jessica Robinson
    09/06/2016 #1 Jessica Robinson
    Teaching is certainly something to be proud of! Education is the basis of every country and teachers have been neglected throughout history and it is time we give them the recognition they deserve. Great interview @Rod Berger
  24. Nancy Walker

    Nancy Walker

    A little late to the party with Ken's work but utterly inspired by his talks. He offers a really fresh and innovative approach to education.

    Nancy Walker
  25. ProducerGert Scholtz

    Gert Scholtz

    Watch the Anchor
    Watch the AnchorGoing back to basic maths at school, you would agree that 8x7x6x5x4 gives the same answer as 4x5x6x7x8. Yet in an experiment where two groups of people were given these two sets separately, those that saw the 8 first in the sequence estimated the...


    CityVP Manjit
    11/08/2016 #14 CityVP Manjit
    #13 Dear Henri, yes from a personal practice but also to notice unintended consequence and application of practice we may never have assumed as having a dystopian effect, and this is not a formulation to distrust good intentions but be wise about the way a few scrupulous human beings seek personal advantage, where spiritual practice itself can become more egotistical than non-spiritual practice, in short embrace surprise and delight but not be disillusioned by failing to see the hairy arse side of society. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/01/the-dark-side-of-emotional-intelligence/282720/
    Henri Galvão
    11/08/2016 #13 Henri Galvão
    #12 that's a very good reminder, Manjit. Sometimes it's far too easy to practice such techniques without considering their effects on others
    CityVP Manjit
    11/08/2016 #12 CityVP Manjit
    #11 I do have a purchased copy of Robert Cialdini's book Influence and part way in I could not figure out whether I was transforming into a modern day Machiavelli or Rasputin while reading it. Fortunately I got the gist and I was spared the desire for creating an intervention called the Holy Order of Neurolinguistic Programming or delve into the launching of the Master Apprentice of Mindfulness Coaching, both highly motivating ideas that sum up the saying "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing". Yes anchoring is real but just like gaming emotional intelligence tricks I don't know at what point one has acquired enough emotional trickery to register as a professional magician or when to just accept that my self-awareness might just have been anchored as I continue to discover my anchors. Of course we are the good guys so we use our newly acquired powers for doing good and thus observe the "Law of Spiderman" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKmQW7JTb6s
    Henri Galvão
    10/08/2016 #11 Henri Galvão
    Thank you for this text, Gert. Not only because it was very informative, but also your suggestion on thinking of a range - instead of a specific number - is something I'll try to remember more often.

    By the way, I guess another way to describe this would be to say that it's the principle of contrasting in action, as Robert Cialdini puts in his classic book Influence.
    Gerald Hecht
    25/07/2016 #10 Gerald Hecht
    #9 @Ken Boddie Google is ultimately run by humans. Humans, by definition are always "being" in a state of all kinds of anchoring effects with regard to just about every aspect of their lives...@Gert Scholtz examples are just that...little surface scratching glimpses into how biased we are always...it is actually much worse in folks who practice "mindfulness" and other such crap...it's neither good nor bad...it's who we are; balls to bone...it's an interesting aspect of perception. https://katesharpernews.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/book-of-the-week-capture-david-a-kessler-m-d/
    Ken Boddie
    25/07/2016 #9 Ken Boddie
    Really interesting buzz, @Gert Scholtz, but the 'Spock' in me says that "it's not logical". Since, of course, logic has little to do with how we behave, perhaps the bottom line is don't estimate it, Google it? 🤓
    Anees Zaidi
    24/07/2016 #8 Anees Zaidi
    Interesting read @Gert Scholtz. Sales promotion Is an example of anchoring effect where promotional items on discounted rates are prominently displayed at the shop's entrance to bring in the prospective customers.
    Gerald Hecht
    24/07/2016 #7 Gerald Hecht
    @Gert Scholtz now I'm gonna be biting my nails for a couple of weeks as I've just prepared lectures and accompanying psychometric/psychophysics demos on this (which I thought were very clever for 18yr olds entering the strange world known as "Introduction to Psychophysics and it's Concomitant Neurophysiological Foundations"...at least you didn't go into the Neurophysiology --uh oh...I prolly shouldn't have mentioned that, another lol!
    Gerald Hecht
    24/07/2016 #6 Gerald Hecht
    John Williams
    27/05/2016 #5 John Williams
    A way to avoid the anchoring effect? Well, maybe in the example of the car to look for a way of comparing it with the four cars at the same time, although I don't know if there would still be 2 anchors now instead of one. I don't know, this article is making me think about how to take advantage of the anchor effect in sales but at the same time being a better buyer. Great one there @Gert Scholtz
    Pascal Derrien
    27/05/2016 #4 Pascal Derrien
    I just did not know that :-) but it makes sense now :-)
    Gert Scholtz
    27/05/2016 #3 Gert Scholtz
    #1 @Dean Owen. I guest-lecture on negotiation and persuasion at business schools with a focus on how the mind works. Most of what I teach is based on the relatively new fields of neuroscience and behavioral economics, which I find fascinating. Thank you for reading and commenting!
    Michelle Wright
    27/05/2016 #2 Michelle Wright
    Really interesting articles @Gert Scholtz, thanks so much for posting. I've certainly encountered on multiple occasions with regards to empathising with other people's perspectives that it trumps that of my own.
    Dean Owen
    27/05/2016 #1 Dean Owen
    This is fascinating @Gert Scholtz. I would have loved to attend the class you guest lectured and dive into the secrets of how to give the impression that your product is a bargain (other than offering it at $9.99). Do you mentor entrepreneurs?
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