The first two weeks of August my family went on a camping road trip from our home in Maine to my brother-in-law’s wedding near San Diego. It was the first two week vacation I’d taken in at least five years. It won’t be that long before I do it again. Here are are a few lessons I learned (or was reminded of ) while on … Continue reading Learning from Vacation…about Work
Have you ever felt total safety revealing your heart to strangers? No? Me either. At least not until I took what felt like a daring leap and joined a coaching circle through U.Lab. The coaching circles are groups of 4-5 people who meet weekly for 75 minutes. Each week a different person presents a case that is current, concrete and important. The case giver is … Continue reading What’s your posture?
I continue to be in awe of the Theory U process and the experiences and reflections brought about by ULab. This is not a lighthearted romp. It’s captured me and many others. Writing is part of the journey so here goes. Smartly, the course designers set us up with a full week (Week 0) of orientation. Our work centered around setting goals and intentions for … Continue reading Lighting a Fire in the Blood
If you follow me on Twitter, or happened to have noticed the Twitter widget down there, you may be wondering what all this #ULab business is all about. ULab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self is a MOOC offered by MITx through the edX platform. It is a course based on the work of Otto Scharmer, a senior lecturer at MIT. Scharmer’s books Theory U and … Continue reading What is this ULab you’re tweeting about?
It’s Fire Prevention Week so this post is in honor of my dad, a retired firefighter and fire prevention educator. Herosim is about concern for other people in need, a concern for defending a moral cause knowing there is a personal cost or risk…and you do it without expectation of reward. The quote above is by Phil Zimbardo, PhD, President and Director of Research for … Continue reading Lessons from Dad on making a difference
Hi, my name is Anne and I’m a recovering edu-holic. I’m addicted to reading, learning, courses, credentials, anything with a syllabus, merit badge, gold star or that might result in a new strange combination of letters at the end of my name. If I’m not doing these things, I am researching these things for….for I don’t know why. It’s been over 5 years since my … Continue reading Learning JUST for fun
Here’s how I did following my own advice for navigating the spectacle of ASAE in Nashville last week. 1. Take time for silence and be mindful. Grade: C On the positive side, I noticed the wonderful music and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious food and drink of Nashville. Staying fully present in each session allowed me to experience ASAE in a new way. It’s amazing … Continue reading Following my own Advice
Based on the frequency of posting here it might look as if I’ve decided against this whole blogging thing. I haven’t. Actually, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about what I want to put out there in the world, on and off the internet. There’s even a handful of posts waiting for me to click “publish”. I’ve been blogging without blogging and rather focused on … Continue reading A new look
Last week the aea365 blog reposted an intriguing challenge from John LaVelle at Claremont Graduate University. John asked us to develop our own personal statements about evaluation- what it is, how we do it, and what we draw upon to inform our work. Evaluation is dominated by theories of evaluation often linked to the work of marquis names. One of the ways I read John’s … Continue reading What are you doing to help yourself learn?
One of the reasons I started this blog is because I am always finding neat evaluation-related content online that I can’t incorporate easily into my work. I don’t have other evaluators around to discuss things with and I care too much for my colleagues to ask them to pretend to be excited about my online evaluation discoveries. Recently, I found this post on the Education … Continue reading What are you doing to help your clients learn?