Optimism helps us to see our challenges as tempora...
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by Caroline Averitt
1w ago
Optimism helps us to see our challenges as temporary and our situation as something that can be improved with time, and it reminds us that we can be a force for change ..read more
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Want to Be More Optimistic? Try These Eight Strategies
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by Caroline Averitt
1w ago
We live in a world that too often seems filled with negativity. Consequently, it can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude, find possibilities in the problems we face, and remain resilient despite the challenges that surround us. Yet, our optimism can be a source of hope and confidence. Optimism helps us to see our challenges as temporary and our situation as something that can be improved with time, and it reminds us that we can be a force for change.   While optimism may seem like a “nice to have” outlook, it offers several important mental, emotional, and physical benefits ..read more
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Five Missteps to Avoid When Working with Talented Students
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by Caroline Averitt
1w ago
Among the students we teach are many who demonstrate special talents. Some students possess talents they fail to develop, while others may have yet undiscovered talents that could propel them to success. Each of these students deserves our attention and support. However, despite the best of intentions, we can make mistakes, misinterpret situations, and misstep in our relationship with them.   For some students, having a special talent can feel like a burden. For others, their talent can feel like their entire identity. Still other students may possess talent that is of limited intere ..read more
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The truth is that there is much that all people ha...
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by Caroline Averitt
2w ago
The truth is that there is much that all people have in common and important priorities that they share regardless of the generation into which they were born ..read more
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What Every Generation Has in Common (Hint: More Than You Think)
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by Caroline Averitt
2w ago
We frequently read about, hear about, and otherwise experience how each generation approaches the concept of work with unique characteristics that set it apart from other generations. Baby boomers, for example, are often labeled as wanting to create and leave a legacy. Generation X is described as wanting stability, autonomy, and respect for their individuality. Millennials are frequently described as being on a quest for social impact and are known for embracing technology. The most recent group to enter the workforce, Generation Z, is seen as hungry for authenticity, digital fluency, and con ..read more
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Nine “Abilities” to Guide Your Summer Reflection and Growth
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by Caroline Averitt
2w ago
Summer is an opportune time to reflect on our professional profile. Reacquainting ourselves with our strengths and talents can be a source of renewed pride and cause for celebration. Revisiting areas that could use greater attention and more consistent focus can lead us to shift some priorities and make new commitments. And uncovering areas with potential for growth can lead to useful learning, new habits, and growing insight. Our profession demands a wide array of abilities in response to a wide array of challenges that arise while we effectively engage students, colleagues, and others. Conse ..read more
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Understanding why students may be reluctant to eng...
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by Caroline Averitt
3w ago
Understanding why students may be reluctant to engage is a crucial first step in countering the behavior and opening the door to full participation and learning success ..read more
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When Students Don’t Participate: Where to Look and What to Do
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by Caroline Averitt
3w ago
The disengagement we see from and in our students can take a variety of forms. Students may choose not to volunteer information or respond to our questions. They may not complete assigned work or “complete” it by doing the bare minimum and providing insubstantial responses. They may even actively disengage by putting their head down, putting earbuds in while we are providing instruction, or taking it upon themselves to substitute an activity other than what the rest of the class is doing. Our emotional response to the behavior can range from mild irritation to frustration—even anger. After all ..read more
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Five Underappreciated Benefits of Strong Student Relationships
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by Caroline Averitt
3w ago
The importance of having strong, positive relationships with our students is unsurprising and universally accepted. Naturally, our work is more fulfilling when we spend our days with students about whom we care—and who care about us in return. Yet, the significance and utility of strong student relationships goes beyond simply feeling connected to and comfortable with our students. In fact, the relationships we build with our students position us to influence them in multiple ways and allow them to make our work more impactful. Here are five accessible areas of influence strong student relatio ..read more
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AI can teach and share knowledge, sure, but it lac...
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by Caroline Averitt
1M ago
AI can teach and share knowledge, sure, but it lacks the key elements of human modeling, nurturing, and connecting that are essential components of a comprehensive learning process ..read more
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