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Nigel Coutts

Building Home-School Connections for Continuous Learning - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    When schools communicate, and share strategies they are using to develop mindsets, dispositions and competencies with parents and when parents adopt these strategies and elements of a metalanguage for learning and thinking, our students are better able to integrate the desirable attributes. 
Sandy Madelung

Engaged with Tech: Building a digital portfolio with Livebinders - 3 views

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    e-learning education portfolio
Jack Hanpton

Red Chip Solutions Learning Management System (LMS) - 0 views

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    Red Chip Solutions is the best value Learning Management System (LMS) trusted by More than 50 organizations & training companies. Red Chip Solutions emphasizes on modern and innovative ways of learning
Nissa Ellett

Resolving Conflict in Work Teams - The Team Building Directory - 0 views

  • As organizations continue to restructure work teams, the need for training in conflict resolution will grow. Conflict arises from differences, and when individuals come together in teams, their differences in terms of power, values, and attitudes contribute to the creation of conflict. To avoid the negative consequences that can result from disagreements, most methods of resolving conflict stress the importance of dealing with disputes quickly and openly. Conflict is not necessarily destructive, however. When managed properly, conflict can result in benefits for a team.
  • A major advantage a team has over an individual is its diversity of resources, knowledge, and ideas. However, diversity also produces conflict. As more and more organizations restructure to work teams the need for training in conflict resolution will continue to grow.
  • onflict in work teams is not necessarily destructive, however. Conflict can lead to new ideas and approaches to organizational processes, and increased interest in dealing with problems. Conflict, in this sense, can be considered positive, as it facilitates the surfacing of important issues and provides opportunities for people to develop their communication and interpersonal skills. Conflict becomes negative when it is left to escalate to the point where people begin to feel defeated, and a combative climate of distrust and suspicion develops (Bowditch & Buono, 1997). Nelson (1995) cautions that negative conflict can destroy a team quickly, and often arises from poor planning. He offers this list of high potential areas from which negative conflict issues commonly arise:
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  • When negative conflict does occur there are five accepted methods for handling it:
  • Team members can and should attempt to avoid negative conflict from occurring. Being aware of the potential for negative conflict to occur, and taking the necessary steps to ensure good planning will help.
  • If the team lacks good groundwork for what it's doing, its members will not be able to coordinate their work.
  • Often a third party, such as a team leader, is needed to help find the compromise. Compromise involves give and take on both sides, however, and usually ends up with both walking away equally dissatisfied.
  • This approach counts on the techniques of problem-solving and normally leaves everyone with a sense of resolution, because issues are brought to the surface and dealt with.
  • Bargaining:
  • Direct Approach: This may be the best approach of all. It concentrates on the leader confronting the issue head-on. Though conflict is uncomfortable to deal with, it is best to look at issues objectively and to face them as they are.
  • Enforcement of Team Rules: Avoid using this method if possible, it can bring about hard feelings toward the leader and the team. This technique is only used when it is obvious that a member does not want to be a team player and refuses to work with the rest.
  • Retreat: Only use this method when the problem isn't real to begin with. By simply avoiding it or working around it, a leader can often delay long enough for the individual to cool off. When used in the right environment by an experienced leader this technique can help to prevent minor incidents that are the result of someone having a bad day from becoming real problems that should never have occurred.
  • De-emphasis: This is a form of bargaining where the emphasis is on the areas of agreement. When parties realize that there are areas where they are in agreement, they can often begin to move in a new direction.
  • The actual process of airing differences can help to increase the cohesiveness and effectiveness of the team through the increased interest and energy that often accompanies it. This in turn fosters creativity and intensity among team members.
  • The escalating process of Team Resolution is as follows:
  • Collaboration (One-on-one): Handle the new problem person-to-person. Use as many facts as possible and relate the issue to customer, team, or organizational needs.
  • Mediation (One-on-one with Mediator): If collaboration did not work or was inappropriate, handle the problem with a mediator.
  • eam Counseling: The conflict is now a definite issue to the team. Collaboration and/or Mediation could not be done, were not appropriate, or did not work. Handle the conflict at a team meeting; put the problem on the next agenda and invite the necessary individuals
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    This is a great resource for resolving conflict while working as a team.
Carolyn Jenkins

Bouncing Back from "Bad" Feedback - 3 views

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    I like Julie Cohen's take on Feedback. Think of feedback as a gift.
Dale Johnson

McGraw-Hill Online Learning - Home - 1 views

  • Always at the forefront of learning innovation, McGraw-Hill Online Learning offers a complete range of online solutions, including the most comprehensive, engaging, thought-provoking online courses available in the market.
Lisa Griebel

Man in the Mirror | Michael Jackson | Music Video | MTV - 0 views

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    A friend shared this with me shortly after Michael's death. In the spirit of social responsibility, this helped me put things into perspective.
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    Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror
Sue Willeman

How to Motivate Your Students - 0 views

  • In the ideal world of online learning, all students are motivated-each is excited, enthusiastic, and focused on the class material, your every announcement and postings, and all feedback and discussion with other students.
  • students will suddenly take notice because they have discovered that the subject of your course talks to and about them. Here's how:
  • Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm.
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  • Be honest
  • Always address students by name when sending individualized emails and feedback
  • Don't hesitate to reach out to students with whom there is a motivation problem
  • Prior to starting your course, gather as many examples as possible of how daily life is affected by the subject with which your students can relate.
  • Immediately get your students involved by asking them to send you examples or situations where their lives or others' lives were, or could be, affected by the subject
  • Send the students fillers from various subject-related journals, websites, newsletters, etc. to add some fizz to their interest
  • Offer your students a challenge or puzzle that involves the course material
  • ve a "casting call" for all websites, great and small, related to the topic
  • Have your students create a fictitious scenario that uses some real aspect(s) of your course's subject
  • Be always on the lookout for news items that somehow relate to your class and share them with your students
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    Tips on how to help students invest themselves in your online class. Help with material for building analogies
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