Category: Motivation

Give Yourself Permission to Be Creative

I know right now we are all going through a number of emotions as we try to make our way in the world.  These are tough times, but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost our passion.  This week I thought I would let actor Ethan Hawke bring us some thoughts about Creativity.  This is his June …

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Social Distancing

Yes, social distancing is the new way of life, and is helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.  With this virus being able to spread prior to an individual showing symptoms, it’s an important practice, especially for those in greater risk categories. Here are tips for social distancing from the CDC: Follow guidance from authorities …

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Moving Forward – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Hi everyone.  I am writing this FLC with my son in mind.  He is a first year Doctoral student at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut.  His degree program is percussion performance, and his instruments are housed at the school.  He left for Spring Break with a plan for what he was going …

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Learning and Growth

I hope you are having a good Spring Break.  Today I wanted to give you just a quick one and a half minute video about learning from Dr. Michael Wesch, who was awarded 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year award from  CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Learning is Fun You are not …

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Instructor Presence in Online Learning

In a face to face situation, instructor presence is easy …. you’re right there with your students, but when teaching online this can be tougher, unless you are thinking about it and making sure you are present to students.  One of the major reasons why students drop out of online courses is that they feel …

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“A Love Letter To Alaska”

“In our Alaska, we belong to each other.” As we wind down another year I wanted to spend some time to reflect on what it means to be an Alaskan, the budget, and how our interconnections make us who we are. Please take five minutes to view the video below! If you want to share …

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Customer Service

A big part of service is individual accountability. Do you go above and beyond? In one of my all time favorite videos, James Lloyd tells a story of great customer service. I know the story is not in an education based environment, but the principles of customer service he describes here are universal to wherever …

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End of Semester & Graduation

Below is Steven Levitan’s commencement address at the University of Wisconsin in 2017.  In it, this Emmy-winning creator of the  show “Modern Family” imparts wisdom, stories of his college days at Wisconsin, and plenty of humor. In this 20 minute video, Steven passes on five pieces of wisdom to the graduating class (You will have …

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Motivation

Motivation is a critical, yet somewhat unknown component in successful teaching.  Although this video is geared toward corporate organizations, there are many interesting points that can be applied to education.  The video narrated by Dan Pink is 11 minute video long. Important points from the video When Rudimentary Cognitive Skill is needed, a larger reward …

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Motivating Your Students

How do you motivate Learners?  Here is a video (less than 10 minutes) that helps answer some of the questions on motivation. Listen for these ideas when you watch: Embracing Change Collaboration Desire to try something new Willingness to try and fail, and try again Community of Practice Learning through experience Increase performance through personal …

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