There is a terrific new interview and set of resources on the Explain Everything blog featuring educator Tracey Bernier and how he uses a letter tracing template with his students.
Global Online Academy has been producing a series of "Rethinking" pop-up educator courses on topics such as assessment, content, roles, and more.
Leaders set the conditions for work, monitor them, adjust them as needed, and promote change in them when needed. Blended leaders, always on the lookout for the point of highest impact and greatest leverage, realize that you have to cast your line where the fish are. They don’t stubbornly fish in the same nook because that’s where they have always fished. And they don’t try to force the fish to return to the old nook in order to be caught.
In a graduate school class, one exercise we do is taking the context of a complex situation and simplify it down in such a way that someone not familiar with business (or business-speak) can understand. This paragraph has a lot of information. We don't want them to focus on what the company did or plans to do. Simply put - what is going on? Our students came up with: Boeing may lose more than half of its skilled workforce to retirement by 2020.
The next part of the exercise is to identify the business objective: Boeing now needs to build a talent pipeline of skilled workers.
Next, we identify the strategy: By investing in community partnerships and development programs, Boeing can work with learners across the entire life continuum from K-12 students to executives.
Finally, we discuss the learning programs that were implemented.
It's nice to see that all these many years later the original use case for Explain Everything is still helpful.
I thought this was an interesting article.
This week, in an effort to achieve the three outcomes for participants below, several of my colleagues stepped up to design and lead a variety of internal learning experiences.
Amazon reviews are super helpful in marketing a book but are also great feedback mechanisms for authors. Here is one of our more recent reviews:
'Make Yourself Clear' is an excellent guidebook with useful applications for applying teaching insight to the business world. Educators and entrepreneurs Reshan Richards and Stephen Valentine lead you through their process including 1) pre-assessment; 2) formative assessment; 3) understanding by design; 4) design thinking; 5) active/visual listening; 6) brain breaks; 7) reflection; 8) personalized feedback; 9) differentiated instruction; 10) storytelling. These concepts can be applied to sales, working in teams, and training. The authors stress the importance of personalizing the topic to get an audience engaged. As a marketing professional, this book spoke to me personally and reminded me how I should 'think like a teacher' rather than simply push forward my own agenda.