Friday, 20 October 2006

October 20, 2006 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer  
   Here we are, halfway through October, and look how green and lush it still is in places.

   I think our grass is the greenest and healthiest it has been all year.  Some of the trees still have a number of very green leaves, which contrast very well with the red and yellow leaves that have already turned.

   Even though this is normally a time when nature starts slow down in order to prepare for the cold winter months ahead, there are areas where we can see new growth and renewed life.

   As in nature, we go through stages where we feel like we’re ready to hibernate from the old winter months of our lives.

   It is at this time when we should be learning new skills, taking part in new activities, making new friends, going new places, and challenging ourselves in new ways.

   This fall, don’t start to hibernate...perk up and show the world, and yourself, what you are capable of. 

   It is never to late to bloom!

Beth


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Friday, 6 October 2006

October 6, 2006 Chautauqua

From the Editor's Computer  
     Ever notice how you enter a new place, or try a new activity, and you immediately attempt to make the situation one that you are already familiar with?

   We do this all the time.  We go to an unfamiliar place and if we’re lucky there is someone familiar there who we can latch onto for dear life to get us through.  Or we make a point of doing new tasks in a manner that is similar to how we always do things, or we only do the parts we feel comfortable with.

   In one of my courses we have a lot of opportunity to offer feedback and discussion interaction in an online mode.  Too many of the students are stuck on the fact that online interaction is not the same as face-to-face interactions.  By trying to make the online environment just like an in-person interaction, they are missing out on the unique online opportunities for learning and relating to others that we are being offered.

   This fall, try something new, go somewhere you’ve never been before, and experience it JUST AS IT IS!  You may be amazed.

Beth


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