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Denise Nielsen

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Not to be taken lightly

See what I’m reading this gloomy Sunday to know that this post is not an easy one… I lost the bubble in November, spent a good 10 days barely functioning before realizing I needed to take a deep breath and then coming out on the other side with a new appreciation for Burnout, what it is, and how it can hit you out of the blue. I’m not sure I’d have really known what to even look for if a […]

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Reflection on Leadership

Succinctly describe how you have grown as a leader duringthe program and how you will demonstrate your learning in your role moving forward.module 3, LDP In 2019-2020, I had an opportunity to participate in St. Lawrence College’s Leadership Development Program. Divided into three intensive modules over the course of the academic year, we covered Personal Leadership, Team Leadership, and Organizational Leadership. Our final task was in part to complete a succinct reflection–we were assigned this just as COVID broke and […]

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Only Connect

Anyone who knows me is aware of my love of EM Forster’s novels, the restrained and deliberate prose, the precision on his word choices, the delicate characterization that surprises the reader with its immense depth. Those friends of mine also know that one of my favourite quotes (the one my daughter painted for me in the Doctor Who language of Gallifrey…because in our house we appreciate the intersectionality of geek and literature) is Only Connect from Forster’s Howard’s End. “Only […]

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September

Back to school this week…except most of us are not back at all, but are working from home this semester. There are benefits to that: I can eat breakfast while checking email. Walk the dog when I need a break from the computer screen. Take advantage of flexible hours such as starting work at 6:30 am and then taking a mid morning break to go for a bike ride or practice yoga. I think on the whole it is healthier […]

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Important, Not Urgent: A State of Flow

This is a super clear framing, and while I often—especially this time of year—find myself in 1 (important and urgent), I know that my best work and most productive flow gets done when I’m in 2 (important but not urgent). Consciously putting out the intent to spend more time in Plan mode this year so that I can move my vision and goals for my teaching, my program, and my own PD along.

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Ten Years

A decade ago I bought a new linen summer suit for an interview to teach part time at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. Best decision ever. What I do every day is less a job and more a vocation. I feel truly fortunate to have opportunities to cheer on and support students , to share my love of communication and creative problem-solving, to find new ways to deliver curriculum in response to employer needs and our ever-evolving society. Looking back […]

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Summer Reads

Summer is here. I’m officially off as of tomorrow. But when you love what you do, you’re never really off, and though I absolutely intend to unplug most of the next six weeks, and I have some personal non-work projects to play around with, I also have some reading to do. Darby and Lang, yes, as already discussed. And it would be remiss not to mention how thrilled I am that St Lawrence College’s School of Contemporary Teaching and Learning […]

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Pedagogy Refresh

I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on related to teaching online. It is clear to me that you can’t just take classroom content, out it online, and get good results. There’s a skill to it, a revision of practices, a new set of considerations. It has been equally clear—and is now official—that fall classes at most Ontario institutions will be delivered online. There may be exceptions for labs especially as restrictions get slowly lifted, but they will […]

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