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(Issue #557) Agree to Disagree: A Conversational Fire Extinguisher?


“We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace.” ~Amanda Gorman  As I read Tom Nichols’ The Death of Expertise, I thought back to previous posts on this blog about conversations, dialogues, and resistance bubbles. Nichols asks us to consider how we … Continue reading

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(Issue #537) Critical Thinking Revisited


Critical thinking is not only looking for information that supports what we want to hear, see, or believe. It helps us see the fallacies in our assumptions. A few of the student success textbooks I wrote for Pearson Education focused … Continue reading

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(Issue #532) For What It’s Worth


Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong. -Stephen Stills-  What consequences evolve when lines drawn in the sand become immovable walls? We could say the walls reflect the non-negotiable values that people stand up for and believe. A moral code.  Opposing walls … Continue reading

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(#393) Incompetent People Who Believe They Are Exceptional


They not only lack the ability to see superior talent and skills in others, they possess a blatant inability to recognize their own ineptitude and shortcomings. You know the type. Perhaps you work with one, or two, or more. You … Continue reading

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(#324) What Motivates Your Reasoning?


It can be very easy to point out the window… The challenge is to look into the mirror. A quote attributed to Alan Alda reminds us that our “assumptions are the windows on the world. Scrub them off every once … Continue reading

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(#269) Yes And


It is interesting that we can point to others as being intransigent in their thinking while we pat ourselves on the back as possessing true critical thinking skills. Collective monologues and confirmation bias will derail any potential for a meaningful conversation. … Continue reading

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(#204) College Ready?


I think, more poignantly, the question for our colleges and universities comes down to “Once the students (college-ready or not) are admitted, what do we do to best serve them?” Preparing for my part of an online (virtual) conference this … Continue reading

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(#136) A Blogger’s Retrospective: 2012 in Review


 Consider this a look back as we move toward the New Year. Perhaps a nugget or two will provide inspiration. Thank you for your continued support and comments. In May of 2010 I made the decision to begin my first … Continue reading

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(#123) How Do I Measure Up?


 Relevance, engagement, and passion. Our students deserve it. Our community deserves it. Knowing my passion for any information about student success, my campus reference librarian frequently sends me emails about books, articles, and videos that come across her desktop. This … Continue reading

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(#86) A Model for Critical Thinking


What is common sense is not always common practice. As a skill, critical thinking is a no-brainer; especially in a democratic society.  Yet what is common sense is not always common practice. Today, let’s examine a model that will help us be more … Continue reading

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