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Childhood, Learning and Development, Life and Learning Rebels

October 7, 2013

The Learning Rebels are blogging about this topic . They are MUCH more eloquent than I am, and they inspired me to jot down a few thoughts.

My take on this topic is that we’re really making our field way more complicated than it needs to be L&D, Instructional Design, Social Learning, PLN, KM, whatever you want to call it….I’m going to call it Life 101. The longer I’m in this field, the more I’m convinced that L&D is Life 101:

  • Respect people. Time, intelligence, experience and knowledge
  • Speak clearly.
  • Keep it simple but challenging, just like those word problems.
  • People know where they want to go. Show them where they are now, and give them a map and support to reach their goals.
  • Encourage people to learn.
  • When giving feedback, even if the answer is correct, build on it. Add a challenge in.

This is how my parents raised me and my brother. This is how I was taught in school. And I think it is more relevant today than ever with the explosion of knowledge, blurring of barriers between work and personal, and just the general lack of time.

Respectful, Simple, Challenging, Encouraging, and Clear.

fyi: I’ve been talking about this since 2010: The Sandbox: All I need to Know about L&D I Learned as a Kid.

Applying or Understanding?

August 12, 2013

I have a huge problem when courses, workshops, seminars, trainings, call-it-what-you-will that uses the word “understanding” as an objective.

I propose a 3-step experiment

1: Ask dozen 8yr-olds if they understand why they need to say please, excuse me and thank you.

2: Ask the test group to explain why it is important to say please, excuse me and thank you.

3. Record the test group throughout their normal day and document how many times they actually apply please, excuse me and thank you correctly.

My hypothesis is that all of the test subjects understand the importance of polite behaviors – they just don’t always apply the behaviors

And that brings me back to where I began. I find it much more critical for a “learner” (for lack of better word) to know when, where, why and how to apply a behavior. Knowing the when, where, why, who and how will by default take care of understanding.

Learning you can apply or information you understand? Arguments can be made for both sides, but I work in corporate America with a focus on results. And to me application=results.

Aches and Laughter

May 9, 2013

I think that I’ve been pretty lucky in the 24 hours since surgery for the low levels of pain I’ve experienced. Lets call it strong discomfort.

And you know what helps with that besides narcotic pain medicine? Laughter! Although in theory it hurts to laugh, once I’ve finished laughing I don’t feel the pain/discomfort nearly as much.

Besides, when I’m laughing I’m not focused on myself which is always a good thing.

Surgery Over!

May 8, 2013

Yesterday, May 7th was my surgery. I guess I should say surgeries. I had the lumpectomy, sentinel node biopsy and my breast reduction/reconstruction. Everything went so smoothly that it almost seems like a dream.

But I must admit, the surgery made Lumpy real. Up til now, I’ve known intellectually that I have cancer, but being in Pre-op made it all very real and kinda scary.

I have my Jimmy and my parents and a whole bunch of people who love me, so everything is going great.

Summer Vacation!

May 3, 2013

This morning as I was hitting the snooze button for the umpteenth time, I realized that I’ll have a MONTH of freedom from the screeching sound of my alarm clock!

It’s like summer vacation!

Breast Density

May 1, 2013

So I keep telling people that one of my happy places about my diagnosis is that I’m getting a free boob job.

I am extremely excited about the reconstruction AND lift, but there is a true medical reason for it. Breast density.

In short, the denser your breasts, the more difficult it is for mammograms to see.

Here is a link to learn more:

Forwards and Backwards

April 30, 2013

So it’s been a while since I updated you guys on my medical details, tests, and dates. I have to tell ya, it feels like 1 step forward, 1/2 step back, and then a holding pattern for the next step forward. Here’s what I mean:

Step forward:

Last week, I was waiting for my appointment with my Primary Care Physician (Tuesday, April 23rd). That was to be the last one before my surgery was scheduled.

1/2 step back

However, during that appointment, my EKG was off so my doctor ordered a blood test and a consultation with a cardiologist. The cardiologist appointment was for Thursday, April 25th.

Another 1/2 step back

The Cardiologist listened to my family history of high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease and stroke – as well as my own high blood pressure. He also had the results of my blood test which showed an ridicoulsly high level of Lipoprotein A (I’m talking over 160).

As a result, he ordered a stress echocardiogram for today.

What does this mean? If they find heart disease, it’ll need to be rectified and dealt with BEFORE Lumpy is removed. If they don’t find anything, that means my surgery will go on as planned. And this leads me to….

A HUGE step forward

My surgery, barring any negative findings from todays stress test, is scheduled!!! It will be Tuesday, May 7 at 10 AM.

So, as you can tell, my feelings are mixed. I am definitely an “action” person and I’d love to move forward as quickly as possible. But intellectually, I completely understand the need to determine if my heart is healthy enough for my surgery.

But still….I want to move on this!


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