Teaching the Elderly How to Fall

A couple of years ago I wrote about how prevalent a fear of falling is among the elderly, since the consequences of a fall can be devastating. Data shows that about 40 percent of those aged 65 and older fall at least once a year; one in 40 of them ends up in the hospital, … Continue reading Teaching the Elderly How to Fall

This Is Why I Never Grew a Mustache as a Young Teacher

I recently heard a story about a Pakistani man who was fired from his teaching job because his mustache gave “liberal ideas” to students. The teacher, Haseeb Ali Chishti, elaborated on the story with IndianExpress.com “So I was hired right before the school term started. I taught for a week before finding out from another … Continue reading This Is Why I Never Grew a Mustache as a Young Teacher

I’m Just Glad My Teacher Didn’t Burst Out Laughing

In a previous post I wrote about how I've gotten a little braver about answering questions in class, even when I'm not quite sure of the answer. Well now I might have to go back to my old ways of being a "bump on  log". The other day the teacher asked a question, and I … Continue reading I’m Just Glad My Teacher Didn’t Burst Out Laughing

Is This What Teaching Used to be Like?

I started teaching right around the time tools like PowerPoint first came on the scene. Since I've always liked to try out new technologies, I would give these tools a shot if I thought they would enhance my teaching. The first presentation software I worked with was a great program called Compel, which I thought … Continue reading Is This What Teaching Used to be Like?

The Powerful Effect of Cat Videos When Teaching Accounting

I've been doing it all wrong. In my class when I teach a topic, I often try to show a video that relates to the topic. For instance, if I'm talking about logistics, I like to show this video of FedEx delivering a pie from Virginia to Hawaii during the Christmas holidays. (warning - don't … Continue reading The Powerful Effect of Cat Videos When Teaching Accounting

The Power of Teach for America

Today I had one of my students, who is doing an internship with Teach for America (TFA), give a five-minute presentation to our class on the TFA program and encourage students to give some thought to becoming part of the "corps". The timing could not have been better; in today's Wall Street Journal there was … Continue reading The Power of Teach for America

A Song That Every Teacher Should Hear

His life was cut short at the young age of 38, but Harry Chapin still managed to make a difference. Harry was well known not only for his musical success, but also for his work as a humanitarian. He was particularly devoted to the cause of World Hunger. Harry wrote and performed what are known … Continue reading A Song That Every Teacher Should Hear

My Teaching Philosophy

As part of my evaluation at work, I have been asked to submit a statement of my teaching philosophy. You would think after 28 years of teaching I would either have such a statement, or at least be able to easily articulate what that philosophy is. Sadly, I do not have a statement, nor am … Continue reading My Teaching Philosophy

Next Play, Next Play

After a turnover, a bad call, a missed shot, or a lapse in judgement, Coach Jay Wright is always telling his players, "next play, next play." The mantra is meant to help his players forget about what just happened, and to just focus on the present. You hear golf announcers saying that the best players … Continue reading Next Play, Next Play

Finding My Passion

I would have thought by now, at the age of 57, that I would have found my life's passion. But if I'm honest with myself, I have to admit that I still don't know what my purpose in life is, what I am meant to do. I've read lots of great books, followed several inspirational … Continue reading Finding My Passion