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TINAJANE76's Blog. Monday, April 07, 2014 Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to read and comment on my last blog about my "dirty little secrets". I had no idea it would touch so many people here and have enjoyed reading all the comments. One of the commenters asked me if I'd consider writing a blog about what motivates me, so here it is... When I first set out to lose some weight for the umpteenth time just over four years ago, most of my motivators were to move away from all the negatives I saw in my life: -I didn't want to be constantly asked if I was pregnant. -I didn't want to be afraid that seat belts wouldn't fit me or that I wouldn't be able to fit in seats. -I didn't want to be the "fat American" living amongst a mostly slim Italian population. Over time, as I started to lose weight, I started to feel more motivated by the places I was moving towards: -I wanted to fit into my old skinny jeans again.

-I want to continue to enjoy good health for as long as possible. It Feels So Good to Be Healthy! Today is day 12 of my current streak! A few people have asked me what my streak is about. Well, basically its just doing my best to make each day as healthy as possible. Its not about being perfect...its just about putting forth my best effort. Obviously, some days will be better than others, but as long as I'm doing the best that I can, then it counts as a successful day on my streak! My first streak started on March 1, 2012 and lasted a LONG time....290 days! Do you know how GOOD it feels to get healthy? But once I started streaking last year, things changed. At first, I was in pure misery! But I fought back. And as the weeks went by, I got stronger and more determined. Most of all, I love how GOOD it feels to be healthy. My only regret is that I waited until I was in my 50's to get started. Seeking inspiration?

Where does managed learning stop and self-managed learning begin? The PDF Tool Kit. Hesitant Teachers Can Learn New Tech. Many educators feel overwhelmed by new technology and may feel apprehensive when it comes to adopting it in the classroom. But I’m here to make the case that learning to use technology and employing it as part of your curriculum is actually easier than ever. Way easier. Both hardware and software have never been more user friendly. Developers know that consumers want ease of use and have delivered in an unprecedented manner. If you see a new project or idea that you want to bring to your own classroom that requires an unfamiliar software tool, do not hesitate to adopt it.

Here are just a few methods that I use to teach myself new tools as well as provide my own “technical support.” Just Do it! If I am interested in trying out a new (and most often free) tool in my classroom (Google Docs, Evernote, iMovie, Dropbox, or more) then as Nike taught me, I “just do it!” I set aside one hour of uninterrupted time where I simply sit down and play with the program or tool. YouTube is Your Friend. 100+ Google Tricks for Teachers. It's Google's world, we're just teaching in it. Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google has to offer?

From super-effective search tricks to Google tools specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time. Search Tricks These search tricks can save you time when researching online for your next project or just to find out what time it is across the world, so start using these right away. Convert units. Google Specifically for Education From Google Scholar that returns only results from scholarly literature to learning more about computer science, these Google items will help you at school. Google Scholar. Google Docs 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31.

Gmail 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. Google Calendar 44. I struggle: lessons I’ve learned from being an inquiry teacher. Friday afternoon, while sitting in an airport, I read a recent post by George Couros entitled “I’m tired“. I was incredibly impressed, not just because he’s a friend, but because of the sheer audacity & frankness of his words. How often are people in leadership that honest? Reflecting on that post for the past three days has led me to writing this post. I struggle.

Part of this struggle has likely been prompted by my PhD. So what does this have to do with being an inquiry teacher? First, I’ve learned how to struggle. Secondly, I’ve learned that I don’t have to be in control. I want to do something new — likely in the area of my ed tech degree. This is really surprising to me. I’m okay with the ambiguity & the mess. And at this point, that’s all I know. Giving Feedback - Communication Skills Training from MindTools. Keeping Team Member Performance High, and Well-Integrated Watch this video to learn how to give feedback effectively. "Performance review. " Does the mere mention of this event make your heart sink? Employees and managers the world over dread this ritual and therein lays the main problem: We have institutionalized the giving and receiving of feedback.

We save up our comments and document all the things we note about a person's performance. No doubt the process is seen as unnerving and fear provoking. When done in the right way and with the right intentions, feedback communication is the avenue to performance greatness. Giving feedback effectively is a skill. Tip: We talk generally about feedback between a manager/supervisor and employee.

Giving Feedback Effectively Number One Rule: Try to Make it a Positive Process and Experience Before giving feedback make sure you remind yourself why you are doing it. That's not to say you must always be positive. Be Timely Make it Regular Be Specific. Cultural Intelligence - Career Development From MindTools. Working Successfully With Diverse Groups High cultural intelligence gives you a deeper insight into your international colleagues' working styles. © iStockphoto/culture When you're working in an international environment, you need to make a real effort to understand the cultural backgrounds, beliefs and attitudes of the people around you.

If you don't, you'll struggle to get things done. Some people – those with high "cultural intelligence" – are good at spotting cultural differences, and they adapt their behavior accordingly. It's very possible to develop cultural intelligence. Tip: Common sense and sensitivity play an important role here. What is Cultural Intelligence? Christopher Earley and Soon Ang introduced the concept of cultural intelligence in their 2003 book of the same name. Cultural intelligence is related to emotional intelligence , but it goes a step further. They also use cultural intelligence to monitor their own actions. The Advantages of Cultural Intelligence 1. 2. Tip 1: 3. Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - About apps and web tools, and being a teacher … About ds106. Digital Storytelling (also affectionately known as ds106) is an open, online course that happens at various times throughout the year at the University of Mary Washington… but you can join in whenever you like and leave whenever you need.

This course is free to anyone who wants to take it, and the only requirements are a real computer, a hardy internet connection, preferably a domain of your own and some commodity web hosting, and all the creativity you can muster. In August-December 2013, we ran an experimental open version of ds106 where… THERE WAS NO TEACHER! What? How is that possible? Learn more about the idea for Headless ds106 and how it planned out including an unexpected group collaboration for the story of GIFACHROME. The Headless ds106 content has been repackaged as an ongoing, not time bound Open DS106 Course Experience. What is Digital Storytelling? Digital Storytelling in ds106 The course objectives are rather straightforward: Are you ready now? Need more? LAUGHTER YOGA EXERCISE. Trust. Do You? Do They? | Passionately On Purpose. By Cara Lumen Trust is the cornerstone of all relationships.

It is a two way street. We have to learn to trust in ourselves, in our judgment, and our choices. And as a friend and business person we have to earn the trust of others. There are so many powerful synonyms for trust: faith, belief, hope, conviction, confidence, expectation, reliance, and dependence for starters. How much do you trust others? The issue of trust is coming up for me because I’m going to have knee replacement surgery in a few weeks and I have to trust a lot of people I have never met before. There are a lot of people that I don’t yet know that I now have to rely on. So I’m sitting here thinking about how we are inspired to do our best work when we are with our ideal client; how they motivate and inspire us. I have never before been so aware of how I must trust others and how I can inspire them to do their best work – on me.

Do you trust yourself? Why do others trust you? Does my team reflect competency and caring? Home | Passionately On Purpose.