Monthly Archives: February 2015

Thoughts on Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation

Robin’s “What’s in it for me” theory of motivation

The “What’s in it for me?” theory of motivation is based on the idea that people are most strongly motivated when they realize the “what’s in it for them” or relevance of the task at hand. Further, once they realize the benefits or rewards, they must also aim to understand WHY they may have chosen to engage in behaviours detrimental to the original task, or goal. Continue reading

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PIDP 3250 Journal Reflection 3: Active Listening

In the practice of communications, we say that effective “communication” only truly happens when a sender gives a message to the receiver AND the messenger can repeat back the message (in context and with understanding) back to the sender. Rogers … Continue reading

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Are you an Active Listener?

Recently, when discussing classroom management techniques a classmate posted an article on Active Listening – and posed it as a strategy for consideration. Epictetus famously said: We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as … Continue reading

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PIDP 3250 Journal Reflection 2: The Power of Introverts

In her February, 2012 “Power of Introverts” TED Talk, Susan Cain inspires us to examine and consider the qualities and personality traits of introverts and how these can be embraced for the greater good. Educators and New York Times Best … Continue reading

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Questioning Techniques – which do you use?

 I like to start my media training lecture in my Public Relations class with the question that President Reagan’s Press Secretary used to open the Q&A period following his press conferences: He would cheekily say to the media: “Do any … Continue reading

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PIDP 3250: Instructional Strategies Digital Project Reflection

I can honestly say that this is one of the toughest assignments I’ve worked on to date! That being said, I am satisfied with the final video and will definitely be creating more videos in the future. In PIDP 3250, … Continue reading

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What is the ideal class size, for you?

Just as students have their optimum and preferred learning environments, I am learning that we as instructors also have our ideal teaching environments. I agree with a recent Globe and Mail article  that cites Maimonides rule of 1,000 years ago … Continue reading

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The Flipped Classroom

The Flipped Classroom is a teaching strategy whereby “teachers post short video lectures online for students to view at home prior to the next class session. This allows class time to be devoted to expanding on and mastering the material … Continue reading

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