Ah feedback (sigh) We all like to be told how great we are. Even as kids, a medal, trophy or certificate for participation in soccer, science fair, chess club, dance (you get the point) reminds us how awesome we are, even when every kid gets one. God forbid we recognize special achievement, natural talent, hard… Continue reading The Other ‘F’ Word
I love distance education. Taking courses online has always been my preference because it fits my schedule: I have full-time job and a busy personal life. I can attend class at 4am if I want. I can log into my college’s Moodle and electronically connect with other students taking the same course. I email my… Continue reading Strength in Numbers
My mother-in-law Ethel recently passed away; she was 98 years old. Born in the mountains above West Kelowna to a farming family in 1918, she had little access to formal education beyond the 8th grade. To say that she and I had different learning environments and styles is an enormous understatement. How can I compare… Continue reading A Measure of Intelligence
I recently celebrated my daughter Isabel’s graduation from high school. She’s off to university now and is exploring her passion in Fine Arts. She struggled throughout high school to find purpose and enthusiasm in courses that were required for graduation but had little interest to her; I had to keep reminding her that no education… Continue reading Education is Never Wasteful
After having been employed in an Oral Surgery specialty practice for many years, I have learned that while RN’s receive extensive knowledge and training in the medical field, a “warm and fuzzy” connection with the oral cavity is lacking. I decided to compile a crash course for nurses entering our practice so that they will… Continue reading Registered Nurses in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
I’ve been on an educational hiatus since I completed Foundations 3100; I’ve yet to enroll in the next course in the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program at VCC, but I’ve not been idle. A big part of my assigned job at Okanagan Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates for the past 5 years has been coordinating and… Continue reading Google Me!
Everyone needs an exit strategy: a plan. When we wake up to a new day we have no choice except to progress through it filled with expectations, responsibilities, goals, and if we’re lucky, time to reflect. Regardless of what the day brings, it comes to an end, and is followed by the next day: the… Continue reading Exit PIDP 3100
I’ve been reflecting. The PIDP 3100 Course Journal Assignment involves quotes in which to ponder, and subsequently reflect upon for evaluation. My “reflections” are posted on my PIDP 3100 page. Reflection is tough, specifically critical reflection. Who really cares what I “think,” even supported by resources? I enjoyed the research though; one can literally Google anything… Continue reading Reflection
Start my doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi The Trends and Roles assignment in PIDP 3100 includes an appointed learning partner to collaborate with in researching trends in adult education, and the roles of educators in relation to these trends. The instant that something… Continue reading Perseverance
I have completed the Lesson Planning Component of PIDP 3100; it is posted on my PIDP 3100 page. There are links to assist in lesson planning for adult learners on my Links page. I am learning that lesson planning, specifically discovering who your students are, and what their expectations are, in relation to learning outcomes is the… Continue reading Lesson Planning for Beginners
I’ve embarked on a journey to complete the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP) at Vancouver Community College! My first completed assignment, the Learning Theory essay on the Behaviourist’s Theory is posted on my PIDP 3100 page. My Instructor gave me great feedback, by asking me to think about how I would reinforce and reward learning. While doing… Continue reading Welcome!