Counting

Counting
We probably all have them, the moments when life (Or Bing Crosby) reminds us to count our blessings. Thanksgiving, perhaps, or a particularly hard or happy time, moments of transition, maybe.  Life provides plenty of opportunities, but working in adult education -- really, working with adult learners -- offers a particular reminder. ...
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Updating

Updating
It's been a rush of a fall. And in the day to day of it, it can be hard to pull back and look at the big picture of how it's going. But, I found a few minutes to do it, recently. And this is what I saw: When I look at this data --  one of my first impulses is to quibble and minimize. (Maybe you share this challenge too?) But a second...
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Wishing

Wishing
​This week's post brought to you by the students in my HiSET math classes. I've been asking my students to write a note, beginning "I wish my teachers (or tutors, or advisors) knew..." for the last year or two. It's 100% taken/inspired by the viral internet story/twitter hash tag (turned book deal, apparently) It's also a beautiful b...
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Persisting

Persisting
It's a new school year, Rosh Hashanah marks a new year in the Jewish calendar, the equinox makes it officially a new season, and I'm placing new tutors in new classes. But I'm thinking about persistence. How, when it's not as shiny and new, and life creeps up on our students, they can keep at it. For most of our programs, this is the bigg...
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Advising

Advising
Last week, I posted the practical tips for new volunteers on their first day.  But here's my ​real​ advice for volunteers starting out: - Come ready to learn. You'll teach better and enjoy it more.  And there's so much to learn from the experience.- Come ready to listen, question, encourage - not lecture or dispense facts.- Come...
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