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A Bad RAP

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Nov17
TriviaA “bad rap” is the original shortening of ‘bad reputation.’  While it seems more appropriate, the use of ‘bad rep’ is actually considered a misspelling.  Some believe that the shortening of ‘Rep’utation to ‘Rap’ stems from the reference to a criminal RAP sheet, short for Record ofArrests andProsecutions. I’ll be brief.  My name is Sam Lenox and I’m an InstructionalDesigner.   “What’s that?” you ask. An instructional designer is an educational professional who ·       analyzes

Arguing With Stop Signs: Motivation v. Stamina

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Oct24
From an incredibly young age, my parents labeled me as “stubborn enough to argue with stop signs” to which I now say, “Thanks for the fiery-red hair, Grandma Lilly!” Fast-forwarding through the years, I’ve discovered many kindred spirits out there with just such a personality trait. But, is it a personality trait?  The longer I work in the field of education, the more I am coming to believe that this characteristic is a response, not a

Here Comes the Choo-choo Train!

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Oct02
The ever-growing student expectation to have answers that are readily available.  No effort required. Right, Google?Right, Alexa? At various points in human history, scholars, sometimes called humanity’s greatest minds, led our societies, and were considered great because of their passion for learning and disseminating knowledge solely for the sake of knowing more.  Our current societal measurement of greatness is very different.  Somewhere along the way, humans let go of the intrinsic value of learning for learning’s

I Can’t Hear You, Let Me Put On My Glasses

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Sep07
Learning Styles Quiz I recall, during a visit with my mother a few years ago, that I began to talk in detail about how life had changed since entering graduate school.  Only a few sentences into my description, she interrupted, saying, “Hold on, I can’t hear you, let me get my glasses on.”  With the nature of the interruption, implying her wish to actively listen to what I was saying, I thought nothing of it. 

Tomayto, Tomahto

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Aug18
Just ‘gotta’ have the latest and greatest! Have the rungs of the old “Corporate Ladder” been cut? Tomayto, Tomahto.  Potayto, Potahto.  Profession, Vocation? I’m almost ready to subscribe to the conspiracy theory that a particular brand of smartphone purposely programs their devices to go wonky after a year or two of ownership, ensuring millions of frustrated users, myself included, are ready to ‘upgrade’ to the latest version of iPho smartphone.  Conspiracy or not, I’m coming to accept this pattern

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