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2009 Autumn

From the 2009 Autumn issue.

For What Kinds of Communication is Email Good?

Practitioners use email to:

2009 Summer

Enhance Communication Skills

The art of a creative teacher is one who has the ability to educate learners by combining the use of Multiple Intelligences and Communication Styles. The foundation is laid by developing curriculum (lesson plans and activities) that addresses these styles and types. The next step is to encourage further exploration of these communication skills throughout the school term.

Actively Listen: Speakers usually reveal how they learn, take in information and retrieve what they have learned. Make it a conscious game for learners to pay attention in your classroom. Review the nine Multiple Intelligences and the four Communication Styles (with the 10 behaviors each). Give learners cues for what to listen for in regards to the types and styles. Consider making posters of this information so it can easily be referenced throughout the year.

Read More Information: Understanding the importance of these communication styles may require additional reading. There is plenty of information available on the Internet. Encourage learners to explore this topic.

Role-Play: Do role-plays after the learners have a better understanding of how to communicate and have identified their individual learning and communication styles/types. Have the learners become the client/practitioner or the consumer/business person. In one application have the learners stay in what they know, using their preferred MI and Communication Styles. Another role-play is to have the learners take on another style and/or type (this gives the learners an opportunity to experience what it is like to be out of context).

Evaluate: As each of us are learners, it is important to receive feedback. Ask your learners and colleagues how something could have been taught in another way for additional learning to take place.

2009 Spring

Encourage Participation in Discussions

2008 Spring issue

Tips for Creating a Safe Space

The instructor must appropriately set the tone for honest communication through some authentic self-disclosure. Good places to start are talking about how you learned how to handle difficult ethical situations, mistakes you have made or why you are teaching this course.

Utilize exercises and learning experiences to create a safe emotional environment. Encourage learners to share things at the appropriate depth; too much or too deep a self-disclosure in the beginning of a group's development can act as an inhibiting factor.

2008 Summer issue

Key Business Class Activities

The majority of time spent in business class should be devoted to exploring the depths and nuances of this subject area. One of the most difficult challenges a business teacher has is deciding which activities to do. Include a variety of active learning techniques so you don't always rely on discussions. The following activities can be done for a variety of topics.

2007 Autumn issue

Business Course Preparation

The first stage is preparing your course. Your school might provide you with a full lesson plan or simply give you the course objectives. The following preparation steps come in handy whether you are essentially starting from scratch or adapting pre-designed curriculum:

2007 Summer

Accelerated Learning Tips

2007 Spring

Critical Thinking Chart

Knowledge Comprehension Application Analysis Synthesis Evaluation
Identify Define Experiment Uncover Create Rank
List Categorize Classify Compare Forecast Judge
Recall Paraphrase Distinguish Discover Form Measure
Group Summarize Model Examine Predict Conclude
Name Show Record Divide Invent Defend
Label Explain Contrast Simplify Imagine Rate
Find Expand Differentiate Inspect Construct Grade
Match Demonstrate Apply Survey Extrapolate Award
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