According to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Ray Smith, in face-to-face meetings, physical charisma often goes a long way in helping someone get noticed and advance in their career. More reserved or shy types are often at a disadvantage. But physical charisma can be more challenging to replicate online—creating a potentially different pecking … Continue reading Is This My Chance to Finally Be Charismatic?
As part of my preparation for this semester, I had to make sure I was comfortable with the various features of Zoom. I didn't want to be fumbling around in the middle of a live Zoom session with a roomful of students trying to figure out how to record the session, share a screen, or … Continue reading Forget About Learning How to Zoom, I Need to Learn How to Smize
I’ve always said one of my greatest strengths as a teacher is the ability to take a room full of young, energetic students and within minutes have a few of them on the edge of REM sleep. I get it. For some people, accounting is not the most interesting topic to sit and listen to. … Continue reading Now I Know What My Students Must Feel Like
Trust in God But Tie Your Camel is an Arab proverb and one of the reported sayings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. According to Tirmidhi, one day Mohammed noticed a Bedouin leaving his camel without tying it. He asked the Bedouin, "Why don't you tie down your camel?" The Bedouin answered, "I placed my trust … Continue reading “Trust in God, But Tie Your Camel”
It's different, to say the least. That's me, teaching to a class of 25 students in real-time, using Zoom. Who knew that an old desk could be used as a teaching podium. Today was Day 4. and I've made a tech mistake each of the first four days. Here's a recap of those mistakes: on … Continue reading Teaching to a Screenful of Students
Steve Jobs famously said in his Stanford graduation speech: "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let … Continue reading Everything in My Life Has Led to This Moment
Last night, I was grateful for the opportunity to be part of a Zoom get-together of fellow bloggers. I only knew one of the bloggers beforehand, Ray Visotski, having had the chance to meet him for lunch last December when he happened to be in the Philadelphia area. Ray sent me an invite earlier in … Continue reading Thanks to Bud Light, Odd Man Out, Again
I didn't want to write another haiku, but what can I say - it's International Haiku Poetry Day. Thank you to Beth at I Didn't Have My Glasses On for letting me know about this holiday. Observed annually on April 17, it's a day that encourages everyone to try their hand in creativity. For those … Continue reading It’s International Haiku Poetry Day!
Today was the first time I've used the software program Zoom to be part of a meeting. Given the current state of affairs, my guess is that many people are also using Zoom, or a similar program, for the first time. Zoom can be used for business meetings, teacher/student interactions, or to simply stay in … Continue reading Thanks to Zoom, I Actually Enjoyed a Meeting