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Sunday, January 22, 2017

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

"Get tough, or die!"

Let me try to keep this story about advice I've received relatively short, yet informative. Though at first you may consider the advice valid only for participants in a particular event in Montana decades ago, in the end I hope you may find ways to generalize (adopt or adapt) it to your own circumstances. Here goes.

In high school, I competed in gymnastics. The coach of a cross-town rival team and I became friends after I had entered college, and beg[u]n judging local gymnastics meets. 

In the off-season, the cross-town high school coach and I also became rivals in canoe races. In one race, actually a three-legged team-relay event, in which a grade school friend of mine had run, I'd cycled, and the two of us paddled together, my old friend and I finished fourth. 

Though our running and cycling times weren't stellar, we'd been white-water canoeing together for years (since high school). So we passed a number of other teams on the river, including slow rafters, and were about to overtake another when the river narrowed.

As we passed just astern of a raft running the rapids ahead of us, an inner-tube it was towing on a tail line dragged under our canoe, and dumped us immediately. We lost time swimming the canoe to shore, emptying the water from it, and resuming the race.

At the end of the third leg of the race, my old friend and I finished fourth. My rival and his team had finished first or second. In the parking lot, at the end of the race, was where I got the advice. 

My rival and his partner had loaded their low-cut racing canoe on his car rack. It was easy to distinguish from ours–a high-gunneled recreational model. The advice was on a bumper sticker on his car.

As the race committee began awarding prizes, it became clear that the third-place team hadn't waited around for awards. So my partner and I received the third prize. Though I don't remember what that prize was, I do remember the message on my rival's rear bumper.

It read, "Get tough, or die!"


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Sunday, December 11, 2016

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

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  • Ambitious proposals not only for universities, but also for earlier English education.

    tags: ASEAN compulsory education education English English language learners English speaking populations English teaching globalization teacher development Vietnam

    • Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nhạ had said earlier this month that the ministry has created a roadmap to achieve the goal starting this academic year, and urged universities to improve their English teaching methods.

       

      He asked universities to apply the latest technologies in teaching English, teach students about the importance of globalisation and expand international links to promote the use of the language.

       

      He said students would be required to make all presentations and hold all discussions in English, while the staff would speak English at their meetings.

       

      The ministry has given specific instructions to the 61 universities and academies it runs to take the initiative to draw up teaching standards that match ASEAN standards.

       

      They would then be published to solicit public opinion before the ministry tweaks its education and training plans, he said.

       

      Other universities needed to review and report the challenges they face in making English the second language and suggest solutions, he said.

    • At the beginning of this year the ministry announced that English would be a compulsory subject from grade three onwards starting in 2018 as part of its foreign language teaching plan.

       

      English is currently only mandatory from grade 10 onwards.

       

      Under the plan, from 2018 students in grade three and above will have four English lessons a week.

       

      English is now only an optional subject in primary schools, with one or two lessons a week.

       

      The ministry reported that around a 10th of primary school students do not learn English since the country has a shortage of some 7,700 teachers.

       

      Besides, only a third of English teachers at primary and high schools meet teaching standards, according to the ministry.

  • Seven+ tips for rounding up students, including: 1) community building, 2) forum participation, 3) offering free trials, 4) conducting social media campaigns, 5) enhancing educational support offerings, 6) sending newsletters to mailing lists, and 7) amplifying sharing via word of mouth.

    tags: communities education forums free trials marketing networks newsletters social media support teaching

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