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Tags: discussion, micro-teaching lesson plan, educational autobiography
Hello Everyone, Thank you for another terrific discussion this week! I’m really enjoying your conversation about the pros and cons about professionalizing a field such as adult education. I think you’re doing great job thinking through some of the complex issues around certification and creating a code of ethics and really who has the final say in what the overarching rules and policies of a field should be. In addition, I am appreciating your beginning posts about the extra chapters that you read last week during about the knowledge society, and about future movements in adult education. This week the discussion is terrific and it is one of our last discussions about theoretical issues related to adult education and historical issues related to adult education. From here were moving to the actual practice of adult education. At this point, you should be working on preparing your micro-teaching lesson plan. In the introduction course we try to touch on all aspects of the Adult Education program (that you’ll cover in much more detail in the other courses throughout the master’s degree program) including the actual teaching of adults. So you will have an opportunity to create a micro-teaching lesson plan and to teach that lesson to your peers during the final week of this course. Please as always feel free to post any questions or concerns about the assignment guidelines on the “Ask the Instructor” discussion board or you can email me questions directly through the send mail function on Blackboard. This week we have our final education autobiography personal journal entry due. We are wrapping up all of work on our educational autobiography and in doing so I’ve asked you to reflect back on all of you previous personal journal entries to really find out what you have learned about what it means to be an adult educator through this journaling process. I am really looking forward to reading your personal journals this week. As always they are due by the end of the day on Saturday. Right now, I am finishing up my office hours on Tuesday. I do have office hours on Wednesday as well from 8am to 12pm and I will have those same office hours throughout the rest of the semester. If those office hours don’t work for you please send me a note so we can find an alternative time to meet. Thanks again for all of your hard work everyone I look forward to the rest of our discussion it is open until 10pm on Wednesday. Have a great week!
This mini case study is based on research of an International provider of Adult Education. Hi Everyone, this is Amanda Gonter. “It takes the brain six minutes to die once oxygen is cut off. It can take a person as little as five minutes to bleed to death. Bones that are not set, may never hold weight. Cuts that are not cleaned can become infected. In the minutes after a trauma, how the body is treated can make a world of difference to the outcome, and time is of the essence” (Kathleen Northridge). St. John Ambulance, “believes that it’s absolutely unacceptable that so many people die needlessly – because no one could give them first aid when they needed it” (“About us”, 2012). St. John Ambulance is an organization and charity that provides adults, and even high school students, of any race or gender with the essential knowledge, skills, and training to perform first aid and CPR in emergency situations. St. John Ambulance is a form of nonformal education supported by local communities located in London, England. The overall mission of St. John Ambulance is to “provide an effective and efficient charitable first aid service to local communities, to give training and products to satisfy first aid and related health and safety needs for all of society, and to encourage personal development for individuals through training and by membership of our organization” (“Vision”, 2012). Nonformal Education similar to St. John Ambulance is also found in the United States. The Amercian Red Cross is non-profit organization that offers a variety of instructional courses catered to the field of medical emergencies and situations. The American Red Cross, mission statement states, “The emergency responder. The lifeguard at your local pool. A trusted babysitter. Each year, an average of more than 9 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies through American Red Cross training classes, including First Aid, AED and CPR training. Get engaged. Get certified. Get inspired - while learning an important new skill, you’re in the right place” (“Workplaces”, 2014). Both St. John Ambulance and The American Red Cross provide effective courses regarding health and safety and almost mirror one another. Although, I did notice some differences, for instance, St. John Ambulance offered unique certifications such as fire marshal training, stress management, and moving and handling (teaching individuals to lift properly in the workplace) while The American Red Cross offered training in disaster relief, and lifeguarding. Specifically regarding First Aid, the course duration was quite different, as mentioned previously, St. John Ambulance’s session was three days and The American Red Cross was only two to five hours. The courses are also broken down differently for instance the material covered in First Aid at St. John Ambulance, might be covered in CPR and AED in the American Red Cross. Honestly, I was quite surprised to find that my particular International Adult Education choice to be almost parallel with one of the American providers of a similar program. I found this mini case study to be very informative.
This morning's manna on the road with Christian Life Coach and Author Kisha Morrs talks about being confident in your ministry, not being afraid of moving forward in new directions and allowing God to comfort your fears of the new unknown journey. Many blessings.
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First run with Laura since her surgery. We ran at Lilburn Park and caught up with what has been happening. Looks like I am going to have a free entry to the Reebok Spartan Race to give away plus some discounts. Check out my losttrailrunner.wordpress.com blog for details coming soon. Just keep moving!
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Tags: Site Visit Reports, presentations, personal journal entries
Hello Everyone, I hope you all had a terrific spring break! Thank you for turning in your Site Visit Reports. I scored them all within a couple of days, so you should have your scores back. The only exception is the two papers that got caught up in the error on Blackboard. The papers showed in my grade box but unfortunately I couldn’t open them. I did send emails to the two people that need to resubmit their papers. I am so sorry for the inconvenience. I do not control the Blackboard platform so when there’s a problem I have to work through the SUNY Learning Network and often they can’t get me an answer for several days or as in the last couple of cases, they can’t figure out an answer at all. So again, I am really sorry for these technical problems. I do my best to keep everything running smoothly. I promise you these problems bother me as much as they bother you. In the future, if there’s every a problem in the dropbox please just email me your paper- that is not a problem for me at all. I never want you be inconvenienced by these problems with the Blackboard platform. This week we are having an awesome discussion as we are watching and listening to and reading all of you presentations about your many different and interesting sites visit. I really like this week because we are all learning the many career options that are available in Adult Education. The possibilities are really almost endless in what you can do with your Adult Education degree, and I really like giving you all the opportunity to learn as much as you can about the Adult Education opportunities available in the community. The discussion board is open now it will be open until 10pm on Wednesday. Not only will we be engaging with our presentations, but you’ll also be going back to the readings that were done on March 23 to talk about the formal and informal chapters that you choose about these Adult Education providers. Talking about these chapters gives us another opportunity to learn more about the many different options available in the Adult Education field. In addition to our discussion this week, our educational autobiographies are due as a personal entry on Saturday. We’re actually at I believe Part 4 of our educational autobiography. We are moving on from talking about K-12 education to talking about our experiences in undergrad education. I look forward to reading all of your journal responses. Next week we actually have another paper assignment due. This is your Mini Case Study of an International Adult Education Provider. The assignment guidelines are posted in the assignment guidelines folder, and of course you may ask me about this assignment at any time via the “Ask the Instructor” discussion board or by contacting me directly via email. Most of you will do your research for this paper assignment through the Internet. Please very carefully cite all of your sources. Because you’ll be using the Internet I expect much of your paper to include cited material. As we are talking about citation and APA style, I want to remind all of you to keep working on your APA style and to carefully review those APA style guidelines. In the Site Visit papers there were many APA style errors remaining, so I’m going to refer you again back to the Harvard APA style tutorial and the Purdue APA style guide. It is really important that you master APA style during your time in this course so that you are prepared to take the comprehensive examination for graduation in the future. If you have questions about APA style you are welcome to contact me, and you’re also welcome to join the ADE Writing Forum. Any student in the Adult Education program is welcome to join the Writing Forum to work with the Writing Coach on format, grammar and APA style. Please send me an email if you would like to join the Writing Forum. Last but not least, I am finishing up my office hours for today and I will have my regular office hours tomorrow which are Wednesday from 8am-12pm. Next week, I will also have office hours on Tuesday from 8am-9am and Wednesday from 8am-12pm. This weekend I’ll be traveling to Philadelphia for the AERA annual meeting. It is one of the largest and most important conferences in education every year in the United States. It draws scholars from around the country and around the globe and I’ll have the opportunity to share some of my research on high school STEM opportunity structures at the annual meeting. Because I’ll be in Philadelphia I might have a slightly slower response time for email and the “Ask the Instructor” discussion board. However, I promise I will meet my guaranteed 24hours response time. So please, don’t hesitate to send me questions or post questions or concerns on the “Ask the Instructor” board. I think that’s all for this week. Thanks again for all of your hard work! Have a great week and weekend.
by Stopwatch Gardener Cottage Gardening Podcast
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Tags: stopwatchgardener, Rare Plants for Rare Disease Research, spring
The garden is waking up, with birds and bumblebees starting to show their faces. Plus, talking about moving plants around and purging what you don't want.
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Tags: Papers, discussion board, educational autobiography
Hello Everyone, I hope you’re enjoying Week #6. Thank you so much for your excellent work on the discussion board. The discussion is now open and it will be open until 10pm on Wednesday. This week in addition to thinking through the readings from all of this semester and this week, we are also watching a video and thinking through the ways that the lecturer, Ken Robinson, considers failures and needs in education, thinking through how those thoughts from Ken Robinson apply to our experiences in K-12 education and our hopes and goals for K-12 education, as well as how his ideas relate to the ideas in Adult Education, such as self-directive learning and something that we’ll be talking more about next week- transformational learning. I hope that you are enjoying the video. I did not post it because I think you should agree with everything Ken Robinson says, but rather because it’s a great jumping off point to have a discussion about how we can improve education. In addition to your discussion this week, you do have another personal journal entry due. Thank you so much for all of your work on your educational autobiographies. This week you will be thinking through the qualities of your best K-12 education teachers and those teachers who were less effective. It’s really important in this educational autobiography entry that you be very specific. You really want to think about what were the exact qualities of the teachers that you had that made them great, or maybe not so great. At this point you should be thinking through your Site Visit Report which is due at the end of Week #8, right before we go on spring break. Because you have to do a site visit, it is very important to plan in advance where you would like to go and what you’re going to be looking for in your site visit. The assignment guidelines for the site visit are posted in the Assignment Guidelines folder. I hope you all find a very interesting and exciting adult education program to observe, and I really look forward to hearing our thoughts on those observations. Thank you so much for your patience on the grading of the Adult Education Definition and Postionality papers. The papers will all be returned back to you tonight- by the end of the day. I have received them back from the Writing Coach and you will receive both my comments in one attachment and a separate attachment from the Writing Coach. I will also let you know if you have been referred to the ADE Writing Forum for assistance with your writing. Please do not be upset if are referred to the Writing Forum. We all have different skills and some of you have not had the opportunity to fully develop your writing skills in your undergraduate education. That’s okay because we offer you a free service here in the Adult Education program to strengthen your writing. We know that employers want to see Master’s level prepared students who have strong writing skills and strong critical thinking skills, and those are two things that we work very hard on here in the Adult Education program at Buffalo State. If you weren’t referred to the Writing Forum but you will like to be part of the forum, which is available through Blackboard, please just send me an email and I will be happy to add you. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the way your paper was scored or you think it was scored unfairly or incorrectly, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to discuss with you in detail the score that you received and I am always open to hearing reasons as to why the score should be changed. At this point, I think we are moving pretty quickly to the mid-point of the semester. The snow outside makes it seem like the time is moving slowly, but I think our time together is moving very quickly. Next week you will be completing a midpoint review as part of your personal journal entry and then Week #8 is the official mid-point this semester. As always, please contact me if you would like to get together to meet via telephone, Skype, or in person. I have office hours this week, as usual. I have them today from 8am-9am and I will have them on tomorrow, on Wednesday from 8am-12pm. I am also happy to meet with you at a time that is more convenient for you. All you need to do is send me an email. Lastly, the “Ask the Instructor” discussion boards are open. Unfortunately, in one section of AED 500 I did have to create a new “Ask the Instructor” board. If you haven’t done so yet, please be sure to subscribe to that board so that you can receive notices when questions and responses are posted. Thanks again for all your hard work everyone. Thanks for your patience regarding the grading of the Adult Education Definition and Positionality papers. In the future all of your papers will be returned back within one week. Have a great week and weekend!
I spent nearly a week now meeting people that live in the area around the ___ we've met some amazing characters visited a school we went looking for fishermen and we haven't had much luck with the reindeer herd is actually here yet apparently they've had big trouble with wolves in the area attacking the reindeer herd. So they're moving around quite a lot so we haven't had a lot of luck tracking them down but we're hoping still to catch up with them at some point. I'm really hoping to hear from wolves I think that would be really fantastic but apparently it's very rare that they make any noise at all they're usually quite silent and secretive but today was a bit turning point quite literally for us because although we're still in the region around the ___ we turned around and started the journey back
by The Mike The Janitor Experience
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Tags: Mike The Janitor, Craigs List, Moving
Mike The Janitor hilariously goes off on his issues involving trying to sell items via Craigs List and the people he encounters responding to his posts.
by Pole of Cold Expedition 2013
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Hi well how's the week or more of driving every day moving every day I think we were all quite pleased to have a day in one place today and we spent the day in which is a City just 70 kilometres from Lakeside House and it was also Russian Christmas day today so it was a bit strange to see that everywhere is still open and ___ was still pretty busy today all the shops were open and markets were open there were people in the square we went into the main cathedral and we're getting ready for a big service. So very different to Christmas day at home so it's interesting to see that so we had a wonder around this lovely City they call it that Paris is so good here and I can see why it's it's very different to any of the other cities that we've been in but tomorrow we move on and hopefully get our first ___