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Leading Sociologist: Public Shaming is the Best Way to Change Minds

March 10, 2019 SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA ─ An astounding 89.3% of professionals change their minds as the direct result of public shaming and derogatory remarks by colleagues, a report in Innovation Diffusion Quarterly confirmed Monday. “Our research supports what many have long suspected,” an innovator told reporters. “Accusing, blaming and condescending remarks are far more effective than outdated methods such as kindness, listening and trying to understand concerns, or simply explaining the implications of research.” According to the study, the persuasive effect is the most pronounced when the debater uses harsh language and continually puts down the doubter on social [...]


Tom Hanks doesn't watch his own movies. Hanks says watching his own films would be a "horrible mistake." He claims that he's never seen "Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia," or "Cast Away," each of which got him an Academy Award nomination. He says he doesn't watch them, "because you never learn what to do. You only sort of learn what not to do." When it comes to professional development, observations are valuable. Both being observed by trusted colleagues and observing other skilled teachers can be helpful in developing our craft. I have received helpful feedback from respected colleagues, as well as drawing [...]

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"He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light or burdensome; a pleasure or a toil.  Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count 'em up:  what then?  The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune." A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens (1812-1870),   Ebenezer Scrooge to the Spirit of Christmas Past, talking about the virtues of his former employer, Fezziwig.  Is being in my class a pleasure or a toil for my [...]


In September I was a guest lecturer in Nyssa Knarvik’s Teaching Methodology for Foreign Language Instruction graduate course at Colorado State University. I talked about Krashen’s hypotheses and gave a demo of a TPRS-style story. I have been invited back in November. Here are some questions the students have about TPRS/CI. These are good questions by a sharp group of graduate students, all of whom are currently teaching. I have some answers in mind, but I am interested in finding out what members of the group are thinking. Please share what you would add or alter in the responses below. [...]


I have been very fortunate to have been visited by two master teachers in the past two weeks: Connie Navarro and Karen Rowan. Now here are the observations by a set of fresh eyes. Noah is a second year teacher from a Christian school in Denver, full of ideas and hope, who had asked to visit my classroom. Here are his observations. I had heard about Bryce through some colleagues in the Spanish Teaching world. When I read that this was his final year teaching, I decided I better try to observe him while I still had the opportunity. When I [...]