Well, That Was Kind of a Letdown

It only took five years and ten months. But then it happened. Shortly after I woke up this morning (OK, 10 seconds) I checked my blog stats and at some point during the night, somebody, somewhere in the world made a questionable choice. He or she decided to follow my blog, and in so doing, … Continue reading Well, That Was Kind of a Letdown

Music Monday: Back to My Irish Roots

I have to give credit to a blogging friend for making me aware of one of the best songs I have heard this year. Mind you, it's not s new song, but this was the first time I heard it. Clive is from England, and every Tuesday he posts Tuesday Tunes, and for me, it's … Continue reading Music Monday: Back to My Irish Roots

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

This post is in response to a comment from a fellow blogger, Margy, on my recent post, "This Is What Good Neighbors Look Like." Here's part of her comment: "By the way, have you ever blogged about this President's administration's achievements?" Here was my response: Margy, your comment really made me think. I’ve just spent … Continue reading Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Wowed Again, Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2020.

For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to five minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time (spread over three weeks), but it is well worth it. All I can say after … Continue reading Wowed Again, Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2020.

The Streisand Effect

The Streisand Effect does not refer to the fact that it seems like everything Barbra got involved with became a huge success. She is, after all, one of the few people to have won the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) awards. The Streisand Effect relates to a 2003 lawsuit in which Streisand claimed that … Continue reading The Streisand Effect

Thanks to Chase, Bill, and Andy, I Finally Started Meditating

A few years ago, serendipity led to having a former student, Chase, visit my classroom to give a talk and a demo on meditation. You can read about that wonderful visit, including unfiltered student feedback, by clicking here. Ever since then, I've wanted to get in the habit of meditating, but it never seemed to … Continue reading Thanks to Chase, Bill, and Andy, I Finally Started Meditating

Extrinsic Rewards Reduce Intrinsic Motivation: Using Psychology to Pick Up More Followers

One of the first blog posts I wrote five years ago: You Get the Behavior You Reward, featured the wonderful book from Alfie Kohn: “Punished by Rewards - The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, As, Praise, and Other Bribes.” Here’s a brief summary of the book from its web site: “Drawing from hundreds of studies, … Continue reading Extrinsic Rewards Reduce Intrinsic Motivation: Using Psychology to Pick Up More Followers

Day One of WordPress Stats Detox Completed…

My name is Jim, and I look at my WordPress stats way too much. Part of the problem is that I have the WP app on my phone, and it is just so easy to check my stats when I've got a few free seconds. And it seems like I've got way too many "a … Continue reading Day One of WordPress Stats Detox Completed…

The Value of Learning to Write by Hand

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) say that both children and adults learn more and remember things more efficiently when writing by hand rather than a keyboard. The study’s author believes all modern children should receive at least some instruction in handwriting. The brain activity of 12 young adults and 12 … Continue reading The Value of Learning to Write by Hand

Was It Something I Said?

As many of you know, I check my WordPress stats way too often. One of the stats I check is the number of followers, which is a fairly public stat that other WordPress users can see. Yesterday, I hit somewhat of a milestone when the number of followers reached 900. I wasn't going to mention … Continue reading Was It Something I Said?