Monday, May 18, 2020
Great College Prep Read: "99 Motivators for College Success" is a fantastic read for anyone in college. It makes a particularly great gift for high school seniors preparing to start their first year of college or even just considering it. The book is easy to read and humorous while providing incredibly accurate and valuable advice for how to make the most of attending college.
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Friday, April 10, 2020
Ten years ago, I wrote an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Making a Case for Classroom Humor:
I never dreamed of being a college professor. Does anybody? When my third-grade teacher asked us about our dream job, Molly said, “Astronaut.” Evan, “An actor.” Perry: “Obtain a terminal degree and lecture on legal morasses.”
Whether you teach third grade or nuclear physics, every student wants a good laugh. As teacher accountability objectives collide with shorter attention spans, laughter is the secret ingredient to keep everyone on task.
As we teach online, I am searching for ways to mirror humor and learning outside the classroom. For example, I just cgraduation
Over the summer, I am teaching another class online. To me, the first day is the most important session because it sets the tone for the semester. I usually tell a story about visiting a student in jail late at night. He was wrongly imprisoned and frightened when I arrived but eventually I got him to smile (and got him an attorney). That story can be seen in this YouTube video (3 minutes), where the takeaway is that the law is serious business but we will learn about it with a little bit of humor. I would like to make my first virtual summer class equally impactful.
My question to all of the hard-working college professors and K-12 teachers currently teaching online: How are you making your class challenging, memorable, and of course, funny? Please post your success stories on Twitter: @Perry_Binder.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Thursday, January 2, 2020
For the new year, have you replaced your LIGHT BULBS?
PERRY’S 10 L.I.G.H.T. B.U.L.B.S. for Teachers
L. isten to all learners
I. nspire them with real world discussionsG. ive hope to everyone
H. eap compliments on students for quality work
T. each to your strengths
B. e available at all times, whether in person or electronically
U. nderstand that students may lack your life experience or knowledge
L. earn from your learners
B. e willing to walk in your students’ shoes
S. tay within yourself
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Posted on LinkedIn. Happy New Year!
10 Motivators for Professional Success in 2020
1. Don't let anyone crush your professional dreams. However, the riskier your dream, the better your backup plan must be.2. Live life with no regrets. Sometimes doing the “wrong" career thing may be the right thing for you. Just be prepared to deal with the consequences.
3. The most important thing during school …
Monday, December 16, 2019
Also in 2020, 99 Motivators will be sent to hundreds of rising high school seniors as part of Randolph College's Book Award program (2016-2020).
Thank you for your support. Happy holidays and new year!
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
From my Huffington Post archives...
In the sage words of Yogi Berra, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll be lost when you get there.” Picking a career path boils down to a cost benefit analysis and a gut check. It is a game of reality versus passion, and you can start blazing a meaningful path in college. But hopefully you can appreciate that every career has an arc, and you are at the beginning of the curve. Don’t be surprised if your career direction changes significantly a few times before and after you reach the peak. With that message in mind, here are my 10 tips for picking a career path in college: 1. Don’t let anyone crush your dreams. However, the riskier your dream, the better your backup plan must be. Click to Continue Reading