I was searching for photos for my daughter’s yearbook. Each of the 12th graders get one full page. It is funny how we leave traces of ourselves here and there like breadcrumbs. Seriously enjoying a slower pace now that I am in my third week of a year-long sabbatical at the University of Victoria in Canada. Funny thing is that I am getting more done now in roughly six hours a day than I normally do in 10 or 12 hours a day.
We have been introducing ideas from the book Switch by Chip and Dan Heath in classes at the Hirao School of Management (CUBE) for some time now. At CUBE, we approach management in a wide sense, including concepts such as project management, time management and self-management. Every two years I lead a project on Appreciative Inquiry and Change Management, and this semester I have one group who is working on invigorating the curriculum in our department and another group working on improved structure for our self-access language learning center (English O-Zone). The video below was sent out by the Heath brothers in their newsletter, and could not have come at a better time. This framework includes some useful ideas for bringing about change and making it stick. Cheers.
This video was shared on the bulletin board for my EdD cohort at the University of Reading. The topic of authenticity is central to my research into Learner Engagement, and Parker Palmer continues to offer inspiration for both my research and my teaching.
The folks at PechaKucha Night headquarters never cease to amaze me. The link below will take you to their Thanksgiving blog with food-related PKN videos from around the world. The range of topics and perspectives here are also a great display of the many manifestations of creativity.
Teachers who practice ‘mindfulness’ are better able to reduce their own levels of stress and prevent burnout, according to a new study conducted by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center. https://shar.es/1upDiI
As a follow up to my last post, I wanted to post a link to Ema Ushioda’s talk at JALTCALL 2015. Ema Ushioda has done some extraordinary work on second language learning motivation with Zoltan Dornyei, and is at the cutting edge in this area. Missing her talk was one of my biggest regrets in missing this year’s conference.
I missed the JALTCALL conference this year but was happy to see that some of the plenaries were videotaped and uploaded to Youtube. In this one, Rab Paterson outlines some of the things we could and should be doing with our learners in Japan.