March 10, 2010
10:31 pm cst
While I attended the FHSU Conference BBall Tourney in KC last week, my boss graciously guest-taught my class during my
absence. To help "ensure" attendance, I told the class they had to submit a one-page write-up of the presentation
on what they learned or observed.
I've seen Steve present before and was also familiar with this particular
presentation, so I wasn't too surprised by the positive student feedback. His presentation included approximately 300 Power-Point
slides all presented at a fast almost shotgun approach with various thought-provoking trivia or other interesting statistical
data interwoven throughout. However, I just completed reading 28 write-ups (two excused absences I might add, so good attendance
for this guest!) over how great he was, so excuse me if I'm just a wee bit nauseous. Actually I'm
probably more jealous because many of the "wonderful" tips they said Steve shared with them are some that I've already
told them! I guess delivery does count more than I thought!
Seriously though, their reactions pleased me, and Steve
accomplished what I had hoped he would with a room-full of soon-to-be professionals: get them to self-reflect on their future
plans and perhaps have a more realistic approach to this process. I also was amazed at how many students listened to the same
schpeal, yet each filtered, processed, retained, and/or reacted to the information in a unique manner. All in all, Steve
got them thinking. Give Steve an A+ for a job well done!
March 8, 2010
My son shared a profound thought the other day - he told me that it was easy to tell whether he was going #1
or #2 simply by looking at the direction his feet were facing.
9:23 pm cst
His reaction stunned me in two ways - first, I was
amazed at his spatial perception and ability to "look" at himself from another point of view. Second, he simplified
a routine process in a creative and concise manner. Granted, we are talking about how my son goes potty, but you need to look
past the topic and see his communication style at work. It's rare for adults to be able to step outside themselves and
evaluate or dissect honestly. Maybe it's because my son is brilliant, or perhaps children simply have less mental clutter
to get in the way of the bigger picture. Either way, he continues to teach me in his innocent, direct and wise way.