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WHAT IS YOUR LEARNING STYLE? WHAT IS YOUR TEACHING STYLE?

I’ve been thinking recently about different approaches to learning and teaching. Most of us grew up in the teacher-centered approach in which students passively receive information, usually through a lecture, and then take an exam. I’ve also heard this approach more appropriately called the “SAD” model: Stand and Deliver. I have never understood why someone would think it is a good idea to stand up and drone on.

There have always been more effective approaches than SAD. For example, I like the teaching and learning style used by the Boy Scouts. There, new information is first explained to the boy. Then it is demonstrated. Then the boy does it himself. Lastly, the boy teaches the skill to someone else. Not only does this complete the circle, but it allows the boy to internalize the knowledge.

And people who care about the learning process are continually developing and refining learning techniques. I recently participated in a 12-week course in which there was no teacher at all. Instead, we met as a group and reviewed the curriculum together. Sometimes we paused to discuss questions as a group. Sometimes we paused to consider individually what we were going to do during the upcoming week to implement the principles we were learning.

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WHY ARE WE SO DOPEY WHEN IT COMES TO LEGALIZED MARIJUANA?

This month, I have something of a “Grinds my Gears” to discuss. It’s leafy and green, and it is a lot more complicated than some people think!In November 2016, Nevada became the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana. The legal sale of marijuana began in July 2017. Now in the early months of 2018, we have a chance to look back and consider the choices made so far.

The question I’d like to ask is if we’ve somehow forgotten what is important to us in this rush to embrace legalized marijuana. Did we gloss over some of the complications and issues we’re facing now because of the enthusiasm of the novelty in the beginning?

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A NEW YEAR, A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE

We’ve made it through the holiday season, and most of us spent the time shopping for and showering our loved ones with gifts. There may have been one or two late night cookie-eating marathons, as well! But now that the New Year has rolled around, it can seem like that spirit of giving fades away as decorations go back into boxes and lines form at the Customer Returns desk. Our challenge is to hold onto that atmosphere and redefine generosity, even as we look forward to what’s in store for us in 2018.

Redefining generosity may seem strange; after all, a gift is a gift. And of course, there is nothing wrong with giving presents, but “giving” is far more than a material exchange. The most worth-while thing you can give is your time. This doesn’t necessarily mean volunteering at a soup kitchen (though you can do that, too!); but reaching out to a lonely person or someone who is going through a difficult time. Even a quick visit with someone who doesn’t get out much can go a long way in making the new year brighter for someone else and more meaningful for you.

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A NEVADAN THANKSGIVING

As we approach the day of turkey, potatoes, apple pie, and if we’re honest, not as many leftovers as there should have been, I am reminded of not just the food and company I’ll enjoy, but also the history of the place I call home. Nevada became a state on October 31, 1864, and it has a special connection to our day of (gratefully) feasting.

What is the connection between the holiday of Thanksgiving and the statehood of Nevada? Lincoln is the link! While recently reading through Carl Sandburg’s Lincoln biography, it struck me that Lincoln’s reasons for making Nevada a state and proclaiming a day of Thanksgiving were an effort to promote unity — a more perfect union.

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A HEALTHY ROUTINE: CONSISTENCY COUNTS IN PHYSICAL FITNESS AND LEGAL MATTERS

Greetings! This month, I’ve been thinking about motivation and how much easier it is to follow a routine than it is to revisit the same decisions over and over. This rings true for any aspect of life, particularly in business and personal health.

I fell in love with bicycling as a kid. I loved the freedom and independence that comes with being able to get yourself to where you want to go. I was able to turn that piece of independence into responsibility and income on my paper route,. The exercise was great, but when you’re a kid, you don’t bike for the exercise—you just want to get somewhere. As a commuting-by-car adult, I neglected my bike, and thus lost some of the health that comes with regular exercise. Then 12 years ago, my Boy Scout camp trip came to an abrupt end when I was brought home by helicopter. I had taken a swim test and couldn’t recover my breathing—I was later diagnosed with double pneumonia. My immune system, weakened by a lack of regular exercise, had failed me. My complete recovery took several months.

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HOW DO I KEEP MY LIFE AND BUSINESS OUT OF “CRISIS MANAGEMENT” MODE?

September is National Preparedness Month, and there is no better time to discuss crisis management.

As a part of National Preparedness Month, the government’s Ready campaign promotes three steps:

1. a plan to stay in business

2. talking to your people

3. protecting your investment

All of these require preparation before disaster strikes. While the awareness campaign is focused on natural and man made disasters, crisis management in business also requires foresight and groundwork to deal with issues related to technology, confrontation, malevolence, organizational misdeeds, workplace violence, and public relations.

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GREETINGS!

This is our first newsletter, and I’m excited for the opportunity to share some thoughts with you. Bear with me, I’m afraid I’ve waxed a bit poetic, because between the upcoming solar eclipse and the Perseids meteor shower, this is turning out to be a very celestial summer. Of course, looking to the heavens tends to unleash quite a lot of clichés, but sometimes there is depth even in truisms.

For me, this summer’s stellar insights began when I was on a scout outing in June in Paradise Valley. It was so wide open and free of light pollution that the sky was like a dome. I decided then and there to take the family out of the city for the Perseids at the end of the season. Then I remembered the time when my youngest daughter was 3 years old, and we’d let her stay up for the fireworks. I’m not sure how she felt about the show, because once it ended she looked up and said, “Look! Stars!” She was so excited to see the stars that they completely overshadowed the explosive, fabricated spectacle.

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