TBF028 – Career Options & Self-Reflection

This weeks podcast looks as a blog post I wrote the other day.  I have a number of friends and relatives who have the goal of becoming a teacher.  It’s a great job but very difficult to get into.  The blog post (and podcast) are intended to be a bit of encouragement to look at other possibilities for a rewarding and learning based career.

The second article digs into self-reflection.  This is an important topic for anything where the facilitator is part of the learning experience.   I found this article on Lifehacker, and it may start off on a sad note (due to the recent death of the author) but his words tend to carry a lot of weight on their own.

“Organic Grunge”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Teaching Waitlist Just Got Shorter

Many of you in my generation want to become a teacher, but have you considered all of STOPthe options?  I will make a few assumptions about where your career choice sprouted:

  • You want to make a difference in peoples lives.
  • You like helping people.
  • You had a teacher when you were a child who really inspired you.
  • You watched Dead Poet Society.

You and I have a lot in common. As I was completing high school my plan was to become an english teacher but that wasn’t the path that I ended up walking down. After bouncing around a bit I have found comfort in the training industry and it has a lot to offer people who are considering teaching as a career. Continue reading

TBF027 – Curiostiy & Gamifailure

In this weeks podcast I cover the article that I wrote on Curiosity and another that I wrote 27about some of my early and misguided attempts at gamification plus another article that I saw on Lifehacker about study habits that aren’t working.

The curiosty artcle covers, in a vauge way, the power of curiosty.  It also provides a bit of guideance that you can use to apply it in whatever your situation is.  Here is the link for the Southern Comfort commercial that I thought did a great job using the curiosity gap. Give it a click.

The gamification article covers two attemps at gamification methods in my previous retail career.  Both failures but for different reasons!

Enjoy!

“Organic Grunge”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Gamification, Level 1: Noobs-ville

I’m currently a few chapters into The Gamification of Learning and Instruction, by Karl G1Kapp, and so far it’s a great read.  As I’m reading it I’m getting flashes of my days as a retail manager where I had unwittingly attempted a handful of gamification tactics to improve results.  Most were misguided but it’s all part of the journey.

The Leader Board: Leader Boards, from what I understand, help the player see where they stand on a social level.  “I’m ahead of X but behind Y.”  Pretty straightforward stuff.  The value of the leader board comes from sparking internal motivation in the players, the need to want to be ahead of others.  A bit of a Continue reading

Curiosity: Cat Killing & Learner Motivating

CuriosityI’m pretty sure I know why we’ve landed on the moon and what’s actually behind the ‘God-particle’.  I want to share it with you below.

I’ve written about music previously and the tremendous impact it can have on learning.   In the book “This Is Your Brain on Music:The Science of a Human Obsession” I heard (I listened to it in audio form) the author explain just one of the reasons that Stevie Wonders Superstition is so catchy.  Our brains look for patterns and during the short drum intro to Continue reading