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The Obligatory New Year’s Resolution Blog Post

At this time of year, many people are thinking about the resolutions they are going to make. As an educator, I usually make my resolutions twice a year: once for January (typical time to make a resolution) and again for September when the academic year starts. If a goal is worth having, it’s worth blocking out the time in your day-to-day life necessary to achieve it.—– Jill Koenig, Certified Goals Coach This is what I need to do more of. […]

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Torn

Between doing work over the holidays…and not  Between feeling like I’m ahead…and knowing I’m really behind Between feeling obliged to prepping 5 courses during a short winter break…and recognizing the untenable nature of doing so  It is possible to be both a good educator, a “count on me” employee who “gets things done”…and be a good parent, mom, wife. But not always simultaneously.  And right now, in this moment, I’m choosing Option 2.

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Mapping My PLN

I admire so many educators and influencers. I don’t need to look very far for inspiration because I’m surrounded by amazing colleagues that inspire me everyday – I couldn’t possibly add every single one of them to my ‘Influential Educators’ PLN map. I ended up grouping my PLN Map into clusters based on ‘location’. Influential educators surround me at Cambrian College. I have some personal connections to elementary and high school influencers because I used to teach in that sector […]

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An Oscar-esque thank you speech type of blog post

I’ve reflected a lot about teaching this past semester. It makes sense, I mean, I’m now a teacher. But I think I’m due for a reflection about the transition from a decade in the field to a full-time professor. The best transitions are the seamless ones. No seamstress required. I started teaching at CTS Canadian Career College in May of 2017, while working full-time at the Canadian Mental Health Association. September, 2017 rolled along and I found myself working part-time […]

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Post 9: Twitter

This is my final post for 9x9x25, and what fun it’s been. Thank you for engaging, reading, and offering newspaper wrapped fish and chips. The best part is that this is late, and finally, after a semester of driving myself and my students crazy to get things in on time, this one last final paper with find its way to Terry fashionably late. Somehow this restores just a tad of balance and karma to the world. At the beginning of […]

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My Student’s Blog

I’ve talked a lot about my Positive Psych course the past few months. The last day of class was a work period for their final assignment — a reflection about their experience — during which we listened to our playlist from throughout the semester. As the last few students got up to leave, I found myself almost getting choked up. The song that just so happened to be playing in those final moments of our time together was “We’re Here […]

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Intercultural Competence – Mindsets and looking at the self

Intercultural competence, cultural competence, and global competencies – if you have not heard these terms in the last few years, you may be in a bubble.  And that is ok, because bubbles are safe; however, faculty in higher education have a fairly new and very important responsibility on their hands, and it is only going to increase in coming years. The Institute for the Future published a study in 2011 outlining what the Top 10 Work skills for the future […]

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A New Year, A New Semester

This is the last 9x9x25 post and its nice that it aligns closely with the end of the Fall term.  It provides an opportunity to reflect on the entire term as we prepare for the end of semester and look toward the holidays and some much deserved time off. There have been lots of ups and downs this semester.  I’ve had a number of challenges trying to motivate students to not only come to class, but stay and participate. I’ve […]

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A New Year, A New Semester

This is the last 9x9x25 post and its nice that it aligns closely with the end of the Fall term.  It provides an opportunity to reflect on the entire term as we prepare for the end of semester and look toward the holidays and some much deserved time off. There have been lots of ups and downs this semester.  I’ve had a number of challenges trying to motivate students to not only come to class, but stay and participate. I’ve […]

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SoTL #2 – Engage with SoTL

This is a rehash of my post on negotiated grading, but perhaps I’ll get into more of the idea behind it and less focused on the technical aspects of how it works in the class. I think there is an issue with feedback. I had papers that I put a huge amount of work into, and I handed them in on time, and waited for the verdict. I clearly remember getting back a paper and was surprised to see my […]

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