Sunday, September 24, 2006

First official contact with clients

I am very pleased with the first email/memo that each group has written. Linda seems happy with your project ideas thus far. (And, of course - I am too!) If all goes well, we will certainly make a big step towards helping the Greenville Red Cross meet its two goals of having an AED within four minutes of every person in its five-county area and having one person in every household trained in CPR/First Aid.

I am really looking forward to going through the training myself. Until now, I had never really thought about the importance of it. I have been very fortunate because I've never needed to know how to give someone CPR. It's kind of scary looking back now to when my kids were babies. I remember having a brochure on Infant CPR, but I am not really sure I would have been able to do it effectively, just from a brochure. I also worked in a daycare one summer, with about 60 5th and 6th graders under my and two other girls' supervision. And I taught middle/high school for six years too. Would I have known what to do in an emergency?

I am just not sure.

So, I'll have my check for $27.50 ready to go tomorrow. I feel like I should do all three certifications because I am around people in all age groups fairly often. I wonder about having time to go through the online stuff because my schedule is already so hectic. But I am inspired by one of your team names - "Time-4-Life."

If something's important, you just have to make time to do it, right?

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Everyone - please be sure to visit one another's team blogs. (See links on the right.) I am a little concerned about a few people who have not given me their links to personal blogs yet. Additionally, not every team member has joined his/her team blog yet either. Teams, please watch out for the others in your group. You may be better with computers than one of your group members; but later in the semester, they might have some other strength you don't have. Help one another through all of it; you'll be glad you did.

You may have noticed I've been linking from posts to blogs that I feel are doing a great job. In this post, I'd like to recommend you go read the Healthy Solutions team blog. I really like the reflection on the group project I am seeing there.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Email and memo due tomorrow!

I hope everyone is doing okay with that assignment. I haven't had too many questions, so I think things must be going well. Remember - one email/one memo PER GROUP, not PER STUDENT. (We don't want to overwhelm our clients with too much reading.)

My plan for Friday is to briefly discuss good PowerPoints (slideshow in Course Docs, of course). Then, I think we'll get into our groups and study the concept map to see how to address the problem of some groups wanting to do the same project. I am pretty sure we can find a good solution, especially with such a creative group of students.

Having a positive attitude is key when you want to be successful. On that note, I'd like to give a shout out to the blogger with the most positive attitude: http://yoyoyooo.blogspot.com/. =o)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Training Information

Blended Learning (mostly online) training is going to be available to us through the Pickens Red Cross! Additionally, there is a grant to help with the cost of our training.

Basically, we would sign up for the online learning by next week and begin studying. Then, at the beginning of October, we'd have some skills assessment classes on campus where we would demonstrate that we can do what we need to do in order to receive the official certification.

The cost to use would be as follows:

ADULT CPR with AED - $13.50
Infant/Child CPR - $13.50
First Aid - $13.50
ADULT CPR with AED + First Aid - $20.50
All of the above - $27.50

Let me know by Friday if you would like to do this. I will need a check from you made out to the American Red Cross by Monday, Sept. 25.

In order for you to be registered, I will also need a mailing address.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Starting a new week

I hope the team meetings went well the last few days. I can't wait to look at the agendas/minutes to see what everyone did.

In the meantime, make sure you are all posting twice per week on your individual blogs. To help everyone get an idea of what I would like on these web journals, please visit Kelly's blog at http://kriggin.blogspot.com. She's doing a fantastic job of reflecting on the things that we're doing in class.

If you don't see a link to your blog on the sidebar of my blog (to the right), please let me know. Additionally, some of you still need to put a post on there so that the links will take others to an actual blog.

For your posts this week, here are some ideas that might help you get started:
  • Job interviews that you've had in the past
  • Lying on resumes - why is it a problem but why do so many people still do it
  • Your first presentation - the topic, creating a PowerPoint, etc
  • Group work - experiences that you've had in the past
  • Audience analysis - why is it so important?
  • How is business writing different from writing in literature classes?

Let me know if you have questions about posting.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Posting on student blogs

I think I have a post on every personal blog that is up and ready to go now. Not quite everyone is there yet. Teams, can you help each other get started? I think a few people might still need a little assistance getting the first post up since this is such a new thing for them.

I'm loking forward to hearing about your team meetings!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Business writing blogs: what I expect from my students

I hope that all of my students understand this Web journal assignment. If not, they may certainly ask questions here to clarify what exactly it is that I'd like for them to do.

First of all, the blogs are a place to interact with other students in my classes. If a student has questions about completing an assignment, then he/she might write about how things are going thus far on the blog. My hope is that each student will find two or three other blog buddies and comment on their blogs. This way, if there are questions about an assignment, students can help one other by sharing ideas.

Secondly, I hope that the blogs will help facilitate the work we'll be doing with our clients. I think that it would be a waste of valuable resources if two groups were researching the same audience and did not share information. So, if one group is looking at banks in Greenville, I hope that the group would share findings on the team blog. Other teams could read this and hopefully avoid researching something that has already been studied.

Research shows that meaningful learning takes place when learners are given the opportunity to reflect on learning experiences. Reflection is just a process of connecting new information to things that you already have stored in your brain. When you tie things together, you are more likely to remember them and use them later. Blogging is a good way to do this kind of reflection. (In fact, I do a lot of that myself on my personal blog. You should see some of the boring academic stuff I wrote when I had two classes this summer, lol.)

The more your write, the easier it gets to write. Additionally, the better your writing becomes. Blogging is kind of like weight training for the writing part of your brain.

My requirement for the blog is two posts per week (can be on the personal or the team blog) per student. My expectation is that the posts demonstrate reflection on the activities we are doing in class. My hope is that students will branch out and comment on one another's blogs, helping one another through assignments. It's amazing how many ideas you can get on your own just by hearing other people's thoughts on a topic.

So, Students, should you have any questions, please feel free to leave them as comments here. Happy blogging!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Practice Post

Just posting something for the sake of posting something...

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