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    10 Steps to Building Community in the Classroom

    I’m often asked, “Robin, you always talk about ‘community‘ in your classroom.  How do you build it?” Great question! I’ve found over the years that building classroom community requires lots of “front-end loading” on my part, and as instructors, we can make a HUGE difference in our students’ learning experiences just by choosing to tackle these steps (or not). I always start with the end in mind.  Thank you, Dr. Stephen Covey. What do I want to know about my students? What do I want my students to know about me? What do I want my students to know about each other? How will this information be useful, to my…

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    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…