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What’s your student’s emotional IQ? Maturity, Emotional Intelligence & Salesmanship

So your child is that smart, a high-riding, high IQ, straight A’s academic cowboy!

Cool that, but how’s that maturity thing going?

The peak age for absorbing new information is age 18. The peak age for assessing the emotional state of others is 40.

It makes sense, as our developmental years are for learning, testing, and expanding our bodies and mind and testing how they interact with the outer world. Our adult years are for organizing and evaluating ourselves within the larger world.  (Here for How Intelligence Shifts With Age)

So perhaps we can measure our children a bit differently from ourselves?

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Teaching or learning: teachers, which would you prefer? If you want it, sell it!

I hate my teacher!

Teachers, I can’t tell you how much I hear from kids that they’re ready to learn, but their teacher keeps getting in the way.

Yep, we hear it all the time, “I hate my teacher!” But if we listen behind the angry words, what kids are really saying is that they’d rather like than hate their teachers. Continue reading

Speaking math constantly with Joy Ferrante

measuring-spoonsSpeaking math constantly with Joy Ferrante

Student Success Podcast No. 11, Dec. 18, 2013

Today’s Guest: Joy Ferrante

Joy discusses how parents can be deeply involved in their child’s math learning. We use math and other school subjects all day long — how often do we use those concepts and tasks to help our children learn? Calendars, cooking utensils, house addresses… anything can be turned into a useful, effective math lesson for children, and not just young children. Continue reading

Communicating dedication & success with Julian Oribe

presentation_conference_msclipartCommunicating dedication & success with Julian

Student Success Podcast No. 10, Dec. 12, 2013

Today’s Guest: Julian Oribe

Julian discusses his experiences in college in America from the perspective of a foreign, non-native English speaking student. It took dedication and courage to overcome his language barriers and, especially, as Julian discusses, to write 15-page essays and public speeches and presentations. Julian helps remind us about not taking anything for granted and the importance of dedication to one’s goals and never letting barriers or excuses get in our way. Continue reading

Feeding back: constant, comprehensive & positive feedback

Feeding back: constant, comprehensive & positive feedback

Student Success Podcast No. 7, Nov. 6, 2013

Today’s Guest: none

Bromley discusses the essential process of feedback. Feedback is simple human interaction. And these interactions so define the teacher-student relationship.  Students will benefit from understanding their role in this relationship. And teachers, too, need to maintain positive, effective interactions with students.

Feedback, being communicating teacher expectations and assessments, is a critical part of teaching and learning, and the more constant, comprehensive, and positive it is the better students will responds. By positive we don’t mean only good news: but bad news needs to be delivered in a constructive, positive manner that engages student improvement rather than cutting it down.

Bromley reviews strategies and ideas for teacher feedback and how students and parents can engage this process.

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Topics Discussed

  • Feedback = human interactions
    • Feedback is constant
    • Every time teachers and students see each other there is feedback
    • Students and teachers need to engage in positive relationships
    • working on saying hello in the morning
  • Goal setting as driving force for positive interactions
    • information flow important for focus on goals
    • Positive feedback drives goal-setting
        • Positive feedback not necessarily about positive things
        • student choices based on good information
        • student choices rational not emotional
    • Raising student awareness
    • Setting expectations
    • Assessments as feedback
    • Effective feedback is constant and positive
    • Assignment reporting
    • Learning Process: learning is not grades!
      • grades measure something, but not necessarily learning

Additional Resources and Links

  • Learning Process Flowchart
    • Where do grades come from?
    • Learning = teacher expectations + student internalization of new knowledge
    • Grades = a measurement of something
      • the best grading measures learning
      • grading does not always measure learning (such as putting your name on the paper, etc.)


Host: Michael L. Bromley
Original Music by Christopher Bromley (copyright 2011, 2013)
Background snoring: by Stella
Best Dogs Ever: by Puck & Stella

Puck the hunting dog!
Puck the hunting dog!

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