Thoughtful v.14: Helping

Thoughtful, a small collection of links to inspire your thinking. V.14. It's national volunteer week. In honor of all the people who help our communities, a few stories about the power of stepping up to make an impactOne man plants a forest  (National Geographic, Short film showcase)  From Syria with Love (Modern Love, NY Times) Ci...
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Thoughtful v.12: Supporting

Thoughtful, a small collection of links to inspire your thinking. V.12. This week, I'm thinking about our graduates, and their next steps, and how important it is to continue supporting them (and others like them) as they move forward in their education. (With a nod of respect to our colleagues who make supporting these students their focus) F...
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Blogging

​"13 months old!"  Or "One year and one month!"(Which sounds less like I forgot when to do the "hey it's been a year post" and more like "I ​meant​ to celebrate in January"?)Either way, this blog had a birthday (December 9th), and I'm celebrating it now. I asked text analyzer (with an assist from wordle) what I'd been writing ab...
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Thoughtful v. 11: Giving

Thoughtful, a small collection of links to inspire your thinking.V.11 ​Perhaps you, like me, have spent time this month thinking of things to give people in your life (who may or may not *need* a thing) Perhaps you have also spent time thinking of giving to those do need (many) things. I've spent time thinking about giving (and about...
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Thoughtful v.9: Growing

Thoughtful, a small collection of links to inspire your thinking. V.9. We talk a lot about growth mindset -- believing that our abilities grow as a result of our actions -- but the tricky part for many of us is remembering that we do most of that growing through our mistakes.  Some encouragement, for ourselves and our students...A Simple Tool ...
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Thoughtful v.8: Immigrating

Thoughtful, a small collection of links to inspire your thinking. V.8. As we celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks, watermelon and cookouts, a few links about the newest Americans.25 Great Stories about the Immigrant Experience Summer reading, anyone?Amira in America an illustrated story about the refugee experienceLiving In America 101: When Re...
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Training

​Astonishing (at least to me), but true, the new cycle is starting for HTM. I'm recruiting new volunteers, setting up the calendar for next year, and planning trainings. I answer a lot of questions, at this time of year, about our training requirements (which -- in the service of giving volunteers options -- are a little complicated). Enough t...
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Thoughtful v.5: Not Knowing

Thoughtful, a small collection of links to inspire your thinking. V.5. Not KnowingOne of my favorite discussions in our training is handling not knowing. The short answer to the dilemma of not knowing the answer to a students' question is to show them how to look it up. The big, long, deep answer is that  adult ed teaches all of us (...
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Thoughtful v.1: Listening

Thoughtful, a small collection of links to inspire your thinking. V.1. When I'm home, or in the car, or doing yard work, or.., or…, or.... It's a good bet I'm listening to public radio and/or a podcast. So, for this week's thoughtful links, an audio theme: NPR series on dyslexia - I found the personal responses of listeners particularly interesting...
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