The importance of engaging industry and conundrum of professionalism.

When you become an educator, the importance in staying in touch with industry needs is crucial as we move forward. Although we do have great insight to our student needs, as we become more involved in education, sometimes are visions of what the students potential employees require can become skewed. As a pastry chef, I don’t…

Making changes: gathering evidence or going with you gut?

I find myself in the challenging conundrum of working in education that as instructors we have a huge amount of freedom to change our delivery and lesson plans, yet when it comes to making simple changes of course curriculum, the amount of red tape is horrendous to the point of  what might be identified as active…

Professional development plan: post PIDP

This year has been interesting one for me personally in my career as I stepped out of the instructors roles and on an interim basis took on the Academic Chair Role for the Baking and Pastry Arts program. This was a great opportunity for myself, but was also a perfect storm of unforeseen challenges, as our…

Are lectures really that bad? (Some suggestions to make them engaging)

It seems more and more in today’s education that ‘lecturing’ in the traditional sense has a bad reputation.  I find that as I have the opportunity to teach a course over and over again, then I can discover and implement new ideas to enhance learning and move away from the traditional lecture format. But when…

The Danger of losing Accreditation

GIF retrieved from: https://giphy.com/gifs/danger-X8t6i3zOvLfGw Accreditation represents the validation and credibility of your program that is formally recognized by an organization outside of your own. Ignoring your responsibility to the accrediting body and not consulting with all stakeholders of your program in a regular review process can possibly cause your program to be de-certified, losing credibility within the industry and…

The Trap of Conversional Obsession!

When students are not engaged in your class or the content, we often take it as a personal challenge to break through to these learners. I really enjoyed Chapter 16 in The Skillful Teacher, as I reflected upon the reading, I thought of specific students who were disruptive in the class, not only to the…

Transparency in Assessments, reflecting on power in the classroom

When I first started teaching, I never felt fully confident in my assessments. I liaised with other instructors in the program as we were delivering the same content, but all of the evaluations with the exception of exams and final practical test had no rubrics or indication on how the students were being marked. This…

Mixing Student Groups, sometimes it is a roll of the dice!

  I am always experimenting with classroom management techniques in my attempt to become a better educator. One item that I find very challenging, especially working in a group environment, is how do you choose the groups? Should not adult learners be engaged enough to try the best regardless whom they are with? Or is it…

Conversation with my learning partner, Teresa Kouch

My learning partner is Teresa Kouch, she is a training specialist in the construction industry, developing training programs, with an extensive background in marketing. Although we have very different backgrounds in our careers and our current roles, we shared some mutual thoughts and ideas on adult education. This evening we had a conversation discussing trends…