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Teaching and Learning

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Posts on what improves teaching and learning in general, not necessarily school or university subjects. are most welcome. Feel free to share how your students / employees / you learn in your everyday setting. Debate on the various theories of learning will clarify what works in the classroom. Hopefully the experiences shared can help to inform appropriate pedagogy.
  1. ProducerSusan 🐝 Rooks
    American Grammar Checkup: Common Errors Explained, Part 1
    American Grammar Checkup: Common Errors Explained, Part 1When is a question not a question? When it’s a statement. It’s Monday, and the American Grammar Checkup series is back, thanks to what I'm seeing on posts all across many social media platforms.Although many writers use English well, some are...


    Robert Cormack
    24/04/2017 #1 Robert Cormack
    Another good post @Susan 🐝 Rooks. You bring up a good point. Some of the writers may have English as their second language. English can be confusing particularly when one word predicates the other such as: Neither party is responsible. Neither is singular. Same as when you say: Neither of the parties is responsible. Confusion comes with: Both parties are responsible. Thanks for the post.
  2. John White, MBA

    John White, MBA

    Thanks to the Huffington Post for running my interview with whiz kid marketer, @Jeremy Miller.
    John White, MBA
    How This Gen Z-er Became a Successful Entrepreneur Before Graduating High School | The Huffington Post
    www.huffingtonpost.com Jeremy Miller came into my online network a few weeks ago and immediately started addingΒ valueΒ everywhere. I noticed he was sharing great...
  3. ProducerCityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Physical Intelligence - Day 22
    Physical Intelligence - Day 22What I had written this time last year could have been written an hour ago and there is absolutely no difference in physical intelligence behaviour change.Β  The only difference is that I now have a tangible comparison which serves as an evidence...


    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    24/04/2017 #8 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #7 For sure spontaneity is to be in the moment rather than be stuck in a moment. Not everything we do should be spontaneous because I would call that kind of spontaneity "spontaneous combustion". There is a spontaneous space which produces flow during and just as importantly AFTER the spontaneity. If those two states from spontaneous being do not support each other i.e. brings our life to an out-of-flow rather than in-flow state, then we are then being reckless rather than reflective for growth.

    Channeled in this way, this flow also represents the better angel within us and informs us of our inner fruitful nature. What comes out is a Social X-Ray of what is within. Remarkably I have found that despite this spontaneity it is easier done alone than in a group setting. This is why I have now begun to explore the subject of improvisation. Spontaneous improv is making it up as you go but in a group setting there are rules to improv that create a smarter social improv, these rules were developed by the Second City comedy club and begin with YES AND and they reveal an interesting paradox between rules and improvisation.

    Where spontaneity becomes a drawback is in planning activities like gym or at least it would be better to schedule such an activity, rather than engage it when one feels like it - which is what I end up doing and invariably becomes the last thing I engage in my day, no matter how long that day is - and that license to extend one's day is what Day 22 revealed both last year and on this particular day and that is a license that is not viable as a long-term physical intelligence.
    Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    24/04/2017 #7 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #6 Truly you amaze me with your sense. "We do these things because there is a not so-mature rebellion to living a formulaic existence"- I love this. Your philosophy to life is wonderful. I just wonder how long it takes you to write a comment with such rich sense. The flow of your comments tells me you write in spontaneity.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    24/04/2017 #6 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #5 It actually makes sense for me to sleep late because I don't like wearing a mouth guard, so the poor dear has to put up with my strange version of snoring which was once taped, and it sounds more alien than human.

    I can sometimes engage on 4 to 5 hours of sleep, and if I have to get up early even 2 to 3 hours can suffice - though of course this is not an advisable course of action. What plays out an ideal scenario in my head rarely comes into being unless there is a short-term challenge, playing dice with one's sleep rhythms is not particular smart but I can see this motivation to be an indulgence.

    Yesterday my wife worked on Sunday and had to get up at early - and being that is when I finally retired it was nice me saying good night to her as she was saying good morning to me. There is a certain part of our life which is a trivial pursuit and it is clear to me that these pursuits are the enjoyment of a superficial drama. This is the opposite of a disciplined life, which is as much connected to rebellion, than it is to common sense.

    We do these things because there is a not so-mature rebellion to living a formulaic existence - not because we should, but because we can. That little voice of reason that says not to will eventually say "I told you so" and after half-a-century of existence, that voice is what I would call "learning", and not changing is a common but irrational life choice.
    Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    24/04/2017 #5 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #3 Dear @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher- I was just going to comment on this. I wonder when @CityVP 🐝 Manjit sees his wife when he retires the time she wakes up.
    Dear Manjit- you wrote "It means that I am engaged in "doing" but not actual learning, because the learning here would be transition away from those things that I have highlighted to be consistent and stubborn life choices". This is a repeating issue. People do, but learn less sometimes. I think this issue merits a discussion on its own.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    24/04/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Hi @Lisa 🐝 GallagherIt all depends on what adjustments I make. When I adjusted to a 4am wake up phase, I was waking up at 3am. Tonight I am sleeping around 3am, it all depends on what I have adjusted to. The reason for the late night's now is heavy duty procrastination coupled with meet the commitment set to go to the gym every day. If there was no gym commitment I would be resting like a lamb now. Thankfully I have finished my college course where with assignments I do the exact same thing, leave it as close to the deadline as possible, and then time the payoff - the payoff being the procrastination.

    When it comes to work trips I like to sleep earlier and get up fresh in the morning to engage cognitive work, when I used to work with my brother I remember having to share a hotel room for work we did in Fond-du-Lac in Wisconsin. He is a genuine night owl and all I could hear was the incessant sound of his keyboards, that was the last time I shared a hotel room on a business trip with anyone - it drove me mad. The shoe would have been on the other foot had I got my sleep in because then he would have had to deal with my early rising, but it never came to that - so the answer it depends on what I am adjusting to.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    24/04/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I have one question: Are you a total night owl like me? Wait, 2 questions, what time do you get up if you go to bed at 4 am? I only ask because your routine sounds a bit like mine. I did work out at 10 pm tonight and did some other exercises earlier in the day. As for the intelligence part, I'm not a couch potato but I can see how that would factor in for so many. Wait, I take that back, I've become a bear in the winter over the past 5 years or so which has probably added to me my metabolism slowing.
    Vincent Andrew
    24/04/2017 #2 Vincent Andrew
    "At least with Deutschman he has done a better job of challenging why it is we do not change. In short we can frame good stories but not change unless the frame has personal meaning and depth above and beyond social image and social media conversations." What I gather from the Deutschman video is that giving people facts and making people fear for their lives is not going to make people change (their lifestyle). The change does not happen because people are not rational. In the short clip he says there needs to be a new relationship where someone believes and inspires you to change.
    Vincent Andrew
    24/04/2017 #1 Vincent Andrew
    So many points to take away from this pertinent buzz. I'll start with this: "It means that I am engaged in "doing" but not actual learning, because the learning here would be transition away from those things that I have highlighted to be consistent and stubborn life choices." Why does a diabetic continue his lifestyle of taking sugary and high carb foods knowing full well that it can have an impact on his health? Why does an obese person continue to sit on the couch when he knows that even a 30 minute walk could improve the quality of his life? What does it take for change to happen? I don't know the answer @CityVP 🐝 Manjit yet, that's why reading your buzz and the process you are going through to discover/understand this physical intelligence is worth pondering.
  4. George Touryliov
    When the sun goes down, the lights of human activity shine bright on our home planet. Take a look at this new night image and download this video of Earth that shows the pattern of human settlement across the globe. More at http://go.nasa.gov/2oU1hw6George Touryliov


    Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    24/04/2017 #3 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    A childhood dream of mine was to be an astronaut and see "nightlights" from space.
    Savvy Raj
    24/04/2017 #2 Savvy Raj
    Great share ... Just shared on Life and Living.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    24/04/2017 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Fascinating video. Thank you for sharing.
  5. CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    In June 2015 the Globe and Mail featured an article by Peter Klein where he contests the widely used quote "Those who can do, those who can't do, teach". He asks us to think again and also offers others quotes from the same play that drew this infamous one. I must admit it is tempting to lazily repeat this kind of humbug about teaching and doing being at odds with each other, which does not help me one jot developing as a learner.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Those who can't do, teach? Think again
    www.theglobeandmail.com A student once taught me a lesson that transformed my career as a teacher and as a journalist: Question the way we do what we do, and improve...


    Vincent Andrew
    08/01/2017 #6 Vincent Andrew
    "We get comfortable in how things are done, and have always been done and those who do not have the chance to be challenged by curious, bold young minds are often relegated to doing things the same old way. Those who can't teach, just do – and that's a shame."
    Cannot agree more.
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    08/01/2017 #5 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #4 I look forward to finding out what you discover. It is a book to discover something new for yourself through my invitation to increase and expand what and how we notice, sense, feel, witness, experience in our lives in the moment. Enjoy
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    07/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #3 Good point Deb. We move further by standing on the shoulders of the great then we do if we think the 21st Century is about reinventing the wheel. There are 21st Century faculties which are entirely new which make some form of traditional teaching out of mode, but there are great minds who offered timeless thoughts. It is the reason I go to Toastmasters, not because it is a great organization, but its founder Ralph Smedley was a great educator - and I still have to delve into the three books he wrote to rekindle his desire as an educator and not simply because his specialty was the art of public speaking. Your point is well taken. This weekend I will also be going through your book, so I look forward to finally commenting and spreading the word on that.
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    07/01/2017 #3 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    #2 Dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit I was very fortunate, my first studies were in teaching and I was privileged to learn with leading people who were then talking about Deschooling society, teaching as a Subversive activity, students who were not empty vessels, rather students who had existing knowledge and who needed guidance in learning how to learn. I can recommend some very great books written many years ago. Just because something is written a long time ago does not mean it is old methodology. these writers were leading edge at the time and it has taken a long time for education and teaching methods to be evolved from instructional, top-down methodologies. remember our first schools in the 18th Century were designed to teach compliance and order so people could become good factory workers. Times have changed we ned people who think for themselves and who can think collectively. We need wisdom.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    06/01/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #1 I think that there is a courage in teaching which isn't there in learning because the two are inextricably linked - it is when learning is decoupled from teaching that standing outside the fire.

    Teaching can also be decoupled from learning and then we have the talking head, the know it all, the dictator, the prima donna and that was essentially the age of broadcast.

    The profession of teaching is a doing and if we don't believe that then study a teaching course, especially one that teaches the skills of managing adult learning. The college I attend regularly has an adult education certificate https://caps.sheridancollege.ca/products/adult-education.aspx which I may enroll in some future year.

    Even if we study such a course, the way our world is being networked means that we may be learning yesterday's pedagogy - and the doing in teaching then is our innovative capacity to further multiply the coupled relationship that is teaching-learning.

    We do learn most when we teach, but that is not simply a sharing, it is a doing and there is much skill in that doing; as there is also a place for teaching which remains a physical space for that doing, which is considerably enhanced by virtual space as a diversity of teaching options.
    Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    06/01/2017 #1 Deb🐝 Lange, Brand Ambassador @beBee
    I have always thought if I want to learn something better, share it with others. As I explain what I have learnt I learn more from The questions and comments of others. So I believe if we all practised sharing and teaching with an intention of learning we would all get better at these things:
    being humble rather than arrogant;
    Being curious rather than thinking we know it all;
    Learning rather than memorising:
    Being a connector of ideas rather than a separator;
    Being able to build relationships rather than create distance and hierarchy .
    And these are only a few.
    I believe we need to look at our values and beliefs of teaching and educating . If we think teaching is all about knowing something and transmitting it to others we limit the learning for ourselves and others.
    If we believe teaching is about sharing what we have discovered to help others discover what is relevant and purposeful to them and to discover new knowledge our methods and practucrs will be different.
  6. Mohamed Amroussi
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    Mohamed Amroussi
    02/07/2016 #3 Mohamed Amroussi
    Thank you @CityVP 🐝 Manjit for your comment , is your Comment time bound?#1 The definition are not time bound? but sometimes it helps to take a picture
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    02/07/2016 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    I can put the picture of every boring math teacher that I have known, whose definition of math taught me to avoid this subject rather than embrace it, and if the educational system is blind and stupid, it is in this traditionally defined area of mathematics and how it is defined from an encyclopedic view that is the greatest loss. Otherwise the math I have discovered today is one related to beauty 1: http://bit.ly/29giSqL 2: http://www.cut-the-knot.org/manifesto/beauty.shtml 3: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-h-bailey/why-mathematics-matters_b_4794617.html
  9. ProducerVincent Andrew

    Vincent Andrew

    Where did all the Math go during the long holidays?
    Where did all the Math go during the long holidays?In this fascinating article by Harvard's Graduate School of Education, students on average lose 2.6 months of learning in Math over the summer. Now that's a great loss of learning for anyone. Why? The article claims that many parents β€” and their...


    Mohamed Amroussi
    02/07/2016 #2 Mohamed Amroussi
    What you cannot measure, you cannot manage. How can we manage our precious Life without measurements , and measurement is Mathematics, Thank you @Vincent Andrew for your precious sharing
    Vincent Andrew
    02/07/2016 #1 Vincent Andrew
    Thank you for the share @Mohamed Amroussi. Much appreciated!