Rethinking Learning
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Barbara Bray
be creative, innovate, take risks, unlearn to learn

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Is Unschooling for You?

By Barbara Bray      April 29, 2009 -- 07:09 AM
My experience with school in the 1950's and 60's left me questioning myself if I was smart. I didn't have confidence in myself in most of my K-12 life. I was an average student, shy. I grew up outside of Washington D.C. where girls were not allowed to wear pants and patent leather shoes. Really! My high school is still standing and looks like every other high school in the area. I know girls wear pants now but the structure, the teacher-centered classrooms - those are very similar to my experience.

It took going to college to realize that a more open-ended structure worked for me. Yet, it still ...   more...
Comments: 2   Last Comment By Dennis Imoto  April 29, 2009 -- 10:42 PM

Facebook Etiquette

By Barbara Bray      April 19, 2009 -- 07:54 AM
Since so many people I know are using Facebook, I thought Iíd share some rules when using Facebook with you. Enjoy!

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Rules for Living

By Barbara Bray      April 17, 2009 -- 04:19 PM
If you're going to follow anyone's rules for living, why not the Dalai Lama. Here are 18 rules for living from Owenkelley.net.
  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, donít lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three Rs:
    1. Respect for self
    2. Respect for others
    3. Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Donít let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  7. When you realize youíve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend ...   more...
Comments: 1   Last Comment By Cheryl Vitali  April 18, 2009 -- 09:35 AM

What is eCoaching?

By Barbara Bray      April 6, 2009 -- 07:42 PM
You may think that eCoaching is online coaching. It is more than that. Are you a trainer, a mentor, and/or coach? You can provide online coaching support for others if you determine their purpose for being online. This is not as easy as it may sound.

When you look at your organization and where you fit in it, is it working? Has everyone defined their learning goals? Are they working toward them? eCoaching supports each person involved to help them meet their learning goals. This takes planning. You can do this alone with an eCoach in social networks if you build a network of people who want to ...   more...
Comments: 1   Last Comment By small Sara Zimmerman  April 7, 2009 -- 10:51 AM