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Five Laws of Social Media in the Classroom

Social media is one of the fastest growing forms of communication between family and friends. People converse via wall messages, tweets, and gaming interaction. Social Media plays a huge role in modern day culture, with millions of people participating; therefore it can be a productive tool in your classroom.

According to Convince & Convert, a digital marketing advisory group, 68% of Americans between the ages of 25-34 are on social media and 22% of them check their account several times per day.  This opens a door for teachers maintain continuous communication with students’ parents.  


It’s All About Them—The Best Way to Shine in an Interview

Kathy Hayes on Apr 4, 2014 5:18:00 PM


Mayor (Harry Morgan), “It ain’t just a matter of you wanting the job, you’ve never said what your qualifications are.” Sheriff Applicant (James Garner), “Oh, don’t worry about that. If you hire me, you’ll be glad you’ve got me.” – From the Movie, Support Your Local Sheriff


6 Suggestions to Improve Workplace Culture

Kathy Hayes on Sep 24, 2013 1:55:00 PM


“Influence is something everyone can do. The people you spend most of your time with will influence you the most. It stands to reason if association influences, then you are an influencer by virtue of your association with others.” – Karl Rohde


Four Favorite Business Books

Kathy Hayes on Aug 7, 2013 7:00:00 PM


Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
                                                                          – Benjamin Franklin

I love books, but I never thought I would love business books. I was wrong. The right business book can be life-altering. There are gazillions of great business books out there, but here are some of my favorites.


3 Tips for Difficult Conversations with Supervisors or Coworkers

Kathy Hayes on Jun 27, 2013 6:00:00 AM


Didn't Eleanor Roosevelt say something about no one can make you feel inferior without your consent?  Just substitute ‘inferior’ with any emotion and take your power back. – Marilyn Sherman


3 Quick Tips for Supervisors to Improve Workplace Communication

Kathy Hayes on May 31, 2013 7:00:00 AM


“The single most important thing [you can do] is to shift [your] internal stance from ‘I understand’ to ‘Help me understand.’ Everything else follows from that...”
– Douglas Stone, Difficult Conversations

Early in our marriage, I learned the four words my husband feared the most were, “We need to talk.” Through the years, I’ve discovered most of us have the same fear—even when we’re initiating the conversation. Here are a few quick tips to ease the stress of having a difficult, albeit necessary, discussion at work when problems arise.

1. Think it through and write it down.


Crossing the Transliteracy Divide

Jeff Hough on May 30, 2013 9:00:00 AM


In the late 90’s, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker starred in a movie that spawned one of my all-time favorite movie quotes.  In a critical moment of the movie, Chris Tucker (whose character is an American detective assigned to help a visiting Chinese detective played by Jackie Chan) turns to his partner, the semi-silent Chan, and asks, “Do you understand the words coming out of my mouth?”  It is a humorous turning point in the movie, but it is a situation that is occurring frequently as digital natives and immigrants try to communicate.



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