The Worst Teacher(s) Created ME

Worst teacher ever?

the “one” who talked AT us (wish there had only been ONE!) …

didn’t listen. didn’t ask questions. sat behind desk. didn’t know us. didn’t care to know us. didn’t know content? made learning boring….

AND who turned me into the OPPOSITE kind of teacher!!! (who knows what will influence us??)

20+ years later and still going strong – from training fellow sailors in the USN, to middle/high/junior college classrooms, to staff development/training and now fitness/wellness coaching/teaching/mentoring.

Thank you, worst teacher EVER, for making me who I am…

An off-beat educator dedicated to making learning engaging, fun, and valuable (at least, that’s what students and fellow educators say…! LOL).

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The Pocket Muse 2: Endless Inspiration for Writers {Great Reads}

The Pocket Muse 2“Anybody can write a book, ’cause everybody has a story to tell.”
Marianne Moore, Author/Poet

Last week I found myself in the bookstore again, this time to replace a book I loaned and haven’t seen since.

The Pocket Muse 2,  an entirely different genre from the missing business book, spoke to my interest in writing, with its inviting photography, creative type-set and graphics, and beautiful language.

Monica Wood explains in the Introduction that this book was a result of her own despair, feeling as though she was facing, “mortal combat with a novel in progress… stranded and miserable with my sheaf of false starts and dead ends.”  She invites the reader to use the book as a source of both “inspiration and advice” in the journey to find one’s own words in what she calls an “act of faith.”

Ready to tell your own story? Because everyone’s got one to tell, apparently.  Ready to tap into your own creativity… find it, develop it, maybe share it?  The Pocket Muse 2 is a great tool to get you started.

By the way, the Missing In Action business book, (reason for the bookstore drop-in), didn’t get purchased.  Guess I’ll have to plan another visit soon.   😉

Classroom 411: An Interactive Training Session Leads to New Ideas

Recently, a dedicated group of twenty educators and industry experts from Valencia Community College, Orange County Public Schools (Career and Technical Education), and Osceola County Public Schools (Career & Technical Education) met on a Saturday to participate in a lively staff development training session that explored ways to build “classroom community” regardless of the environment: live, online, or hybrid, and more importantly, why to do so.

With coffee in hand and preworkshop self-assessments completed, participants arrived for the four-hour session that promised discussion, interaction, and exploring ways to learn about themselves and their students ~ all in an effort to build nurturing, successful, effective learning experiences.


Though seasoned in their industry experience, and for most, in their scholarly experience as well, we all agreed that the demographics of our classrooms, whether in person or online, are changing rapidly, and in order to accommodate those changes, we need to better understand who our students are as learners as well as who we are as instructors (and learners) ~ how core personality characteristics, preferred learning styles, and cultural/generational elements affect learning (and teaching).

Through the True Colors and Generational Profiles models, we also discussed how these characteristics affect our relationships with family, friends, and coworkers.  Awareness and understanding of the influences lead to more effective communication at home and in our offices and schools.

Purposeful  thinking and engaged discussion  assisted  participants  in developing  a clearer understanding of  how  innate personality traits, brain-based  learning styles, and generational influences affect the learning environment, which led to  action plans that included tools for getting to know our students better, supporting them in getting to know themselves and each other better, and ways to tweak the learning experience to increase student (and instructor) success.

 A big “thanks” to everyone for their active and enthusiastic participation!  I enjoyed your insight, creativity, and professional dedication on an early Saturday morning.