Music Monday: Can You Name That Tune? Most Likely Not

  It's known as the "curse of knowledge", a cognitive bias that occurs when an individual, communicating with other individuals, unknowingly assumes that the others have the background to understand. For example, in a classroom setting, teachers have difficulty teaching novices because they cannot put themselves in the position of the student. As a teacher, I have … Continue reading Music Monday: Can You Name That Tune? Most Likely Not

The Best Part of My Job

There are lots of things to like about my job, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be watching my students transition from teenagers to professionals. There are a variety of paths that students choose upon graduation and in the years that follow - some work overseas, some perform a year or … Continue reading The Best Part of My Job

It Only Took Me 34 Years to Realize This

I was at a meeting today (yes, you can feel sorry for me) and since it was the first time for this committee to meet, we started off by introducing ourselves. In addition to our name, how long we have been at Villanova, and what we did, we were also asked to share the best … Continue reading It Only Took Me 34 Years to Realize This

Meet Jim Borden, the Enthusiast (Seriously?)

It's been a while since I've taken an online personality test, but when I read Carlayn's outstanding post about her experience with the Enneagram test, I thought I would take it. Here is some background information about the test, from its web site: The Enneagram is a personality system that aims to reveal how emotions … Continue reading Meet Jim Borden, the Enthusiast (Seriously?)

Another Favorite Childhood Memory: Brain Teasers

When I was growing up one of my favorite things to do was to work on brain teasers. My favorite type of puzzle was a logic puzzle, the kind where you have to do things like find the matching first and last names of five guys, what house they live in, what their favorite food … Continue reading Another Favorite Childhood Memory: Brain Teasers

The Art of Giving an Effective Non-Answer

I'll admit it. Over the years there have been times when students have asked me a question to which I didn't quite know the answer, but for some reason, I decided to answer anyway. Sometimes I got lucky and gave the right answer, and sometimes I've given the wrong answer. And sometimes I gave an … Continue reading The Art of Giving an Effective Non-Answer

“No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, Is Ever Wasted”

The quote above comes from the famous Aesop's fable of the Lion and the Mouse. Here's the short story, in case you've forgotten it or never heard of it. A Lion lay asleep in the forest, his great head resting on his paws. A timid little Mouse came upon him unexpectedly, and in her fright … Continue reading “No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, Is Ever Wasted”

College Not For You? Then You Need to Read This.

Back in 2016, I wrote an homage to community colleges, and I wrote a follow-up in 2017. In those posts, I described community colleges as the crown jewel of our post-secondary educational system, and noted that "If you believe in the power of education to change people’s lives, then you’d be hard-pressed to find a … Continue reading College Not For You? Then You Need to Read This.

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

That is the motto of the Special Olympics, and it was in full evidence this weekend for the annual Fall Festival held at Villanova University. It is my favorite weekend at Villanova, and each year I leave impressed both with the athletes as well as with the Villanova students. Held during the first or second … Continue reading “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

How Can Anyone Keep Pace with All These New Technologies?

We were lucky to have a group of guest speakers in my Intro to Business class the other day as part of Marketing Mania Monday. (especially me, it was kind of like a day off...) One of the speakers worked for a digital marketing agency, and showed two graphics that really struck me. The two … Continue reading How Can Anyone Keep Pace with All These New Technologies?