• Great Reads,  Life,  Process,  Writing

    Put Down Your F*^%$* Phone…. As Shared by Chuck Wendig

    If you know Chuck Wendig, the novelist, you know his use of …… ummmmmm …..colorful language and straightforward talk. If you don’t know Mr. Wendig, I highly recommend his Writing How-To books. Haven’t personally read his novels, but I am totally down with his How-To books… and find his style & language – in your face, colorful, call it what you will … real. I shared my thoughts about one of his books, 30 Days in the Word Mines [here], last fall.   His is the language I don’t use online, but admittedly, *may or may not* use in my offline world. When his latest post landed in my e-mail inbox, I saw the title (in…

  • Great Reads,  Writing

    The Art of Saying Much…with Little {Great Reads}

    Backstory:  I first shared this post in April 2010, a fact reflected in certain (outdated) references – Borders and BlackBerry – and behaviors (tweeting, still new to me at the time).  Times have changed and so has my writing. I’m pleased to share a much-abbreviated post, shortened by 200+ words, with the same goal:  a Great Read recommendation! Original Post, remixed:  Do you tweet? You know. That thing people do online and on their phones, sending frivolous messages to one another about ‘absolutely nothing’ in 140 or fewer characters.  Only kids tweet, right?  Not really. It’s a fad, right? I’m rethinking my viewpoint on that, too. I began tweeting last summer, having little idea of what I was…

  • Instruction,  Training

    Social Media: Are You Creating or Cringing?

    Technology continues to advance. Students’ learning continues to evolve with technology.  Is your instruction evolving, too?    What do you think when you read the phrase Social Media?  Does it spark your creativity or serve up a hefty helping of uncertainty? Social media wasn’t what it is today when I was still in the classroom full-time.  We weren’t tweeting and updating our status by the millions…. yet.  I often think about how much fun it would have been to have all the social media tools when I was still working with high school students in the classroom every day. Now, I try to incorporate social media  into training and coaching sessions, building communities of  learners online and  in …