Month: February 2016

Care in Education

Teaching with Understanding and Compassion

Although our course focuses on the adult learner in the college environment, this recent book on teaching in K-12 sounds like it has some valuable writing for teachers in all institutional settings. The book publisher, Routledge, has books free to view online in the month of May. This title by Sandra Wilde grabbed my attention and I wanted to see if I could share the link on my blog.

Care in Education

How Teachers Use Social Media

How do teachers use social media as a teaching tool?

Marcus Buckingham on “authenticity”

Leadership is my topic in research and teaching. In teaching I discovered that students cling to the traditional mindset that once they identify their strengths and weaknesses, they put most of their energy into improving their weaknesses. Students without life or work experience may jump to the assumption that they need to change their personality. To help prevent such harmful leaps in thinking, I found the work by Marcus Buckingham helpful in my teaching development. This podcast is about 45 minutes and contains substantive comments regarding the strengths-based leadership development approach that originated with Buckingham . your strengths

Trends in Online Learning

In a Blog on the trends in open online learning Morrison (2013) suggests that social media enables collaboration among learners and she identified three social trends that will influence the education.

  1. Collaborating seamlessly means learners interacting without technological barriers, whether the teachers and learners are within an organization or at relating at  a  distance, tools such as “in the cloud” and “Google docs”   enable synonymous action. Teachers enable the collaboration through the following: ” peer projects, virtual study groups, and self-directed learning via their personal networks. though educators shouldn’t be far behind.”(Morrison, 2013, para. 5).
  2. Humanizing interactions through tools that capture user feedback and incorporates the feedback into the application, like SlideKlowd, Google Docs – Directions, and Twitter for Education, .
  3. Personalizing learning with technology that lets the student take control of their learning; MOOC platforms and Mozilla Badges, Linked In, and  Degreed facilitate life long learning.


Morrison, D. (2013). Three Social Trends That Influence Education in 2014. In online learning insights: A blog about Open and Online Education Retrieved May 25, 2014 from


Random Thoughts

I have followed Louis Schmier for almost 10 years; in his blog this educator writes on teaching and learning, always weaving current day realities into the classroom experience. The latest post on diversity links the terror of the past week to events on a US campus in 2014 and to the nature of diversity on our university campuses. I share his approach about the diversity of thinking and the need to do more listening in contrast to proclaiming what is right or wrong through words, attitudes, and sadly with bullets.

The 2015 Kauffman Thoughtbook captures thoughts, ideas and discoveries made by Foundation leaders, partners and other experts about how education and entrepreneurship are driving growth and progress in the economy and our increasingly global society. How the Foundation is working in its hometown of Kansas City also is featured content in the book.
Sixth in an ongoing series, the 2015 Kauffman Thoughtbook is entirely digital for the first time, showcasing dynamic multimedia content to engage readers and make its material accessible to more fans of education, entrepreneurship and local Kansas City issues. Its collection of essays, interviews, photos and videos share Foundation ideas, programs, initiatives and partnerships that have grown around the principles and mission of the organization’s founder, Ewing Kauffman.