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How to Apply Social Learning Theory in the Classroom

Humans are social creatures, and most of our learning, especially in the early age, occurs by example. A small child watches her mother brush her own hair. She may actually observe this several times. Ultimately, the child takes her mother’s hairbrush and brushes her own hair, modeling her mother’s behavior as closely as possible, given her age and agility. This is just one example of social learning theory. What is Social Learning Theory? Educational and psychological professionals understand that learning is a...

What is Servant Leadership and How to Cultivate It?

There are “officially” 12 leadership styles that have been identified and described in detail, ranging from autocratic to transformational, charismatic, and beyond. One concept in leadership that is getting a lot of ‘press’ lately is servant leadership. Though this leadership theory was formed by Robert Greenleaf back in the 1970s, today it still has not lost its relevance. What is Servant Leadership? A definition of servant leadership is more than just a few words. It begins with a personal philosophy that a leader...

How to Organize a Giveaway: An SMB’s Guide

If you have ever attended a conference, large event, or a fundraiser, you have probably received a number of “giveaways” from the participants. And if you have been lucky enough to ever attend the “Oscars,” the giveaways total thousands of dollars. And all of the items in that wonderful baskets doled out to celebrities are “branded,” obviously – Gucci, Chanel, etc. As a small business owner, your giveaways will obviously be on a far smaller scale. But that does not mean...

Corporate Social Responsibility Guide For SMEs

CSR. It stands for “Corporate Social Responsibility.” And most small business owners see it as something that companies like Coca-Cola do. The beverage giant has expanded its product base to include natural juices and soy beverages and set up fitness centers and exercise programs. They also have a goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 25% by 2020, through truck fleets that use alternative fuels. So, what is a small business supposed to do? It can’t compete with the “big boys.”...

How to Apply Attribution Theory to Learning

It’s no secret that people have widely different learning styles. But what often escapes the instructors is how those preferences impact the learner’s ability to succeed in different settings. Because we all know how a single student can be majorly successful in one class or with one course, and totally fail with another one several months later. Attribution theory, proposed by social psychologists, can shed some light on how humans tend to attribute their success to specific traits or conditions. What...

8 Quick Strategies to Boost Student Engagement

wThe concept of student engagement has been a matter of discussion for decades. All of us remember sitting in classrooms with a teacher at the front, providing information, using a blackboard (more recently a whiteboard) to give some examples, and then asking us to practice what had just been taught with worksheets and homework. High achieving students always complied. Middle-of-the road students complied some or most of the time. And the low-achieving students complied minimally, if at all. Everyone got...

Formative Assessments: Essential Tips for Educators

How do you ensure that your instructional methods are effective? If you wait until it's time to administer an important test, it may be too late. A poor grade or standardized test score can throw a student off track. This is why regular assessments are so important. Educators use both formative and summative assessments to help ensure that students are truly mastering concepts. It is formative assessments in particular that can help gauge a student’s understanding as they are in the...

Your Quick Guide to Experiential Learning

Johnny has learned that 2 + 2 = 4. With the help of his teacher and his brightly-colored textbook, he has memorized this fact. Billy has learned that 4 – 2 = 2. With the help of the bully who grabbed two of his 4 cookies, he has learned this fact. And, in the tussle with the bully, one of his remaining cookies broke into two pieces. Billy wondered if 2 might be halves of 1 and decided to ask...

8 Employee Retention and Recognition Ideas for SMEs

Employee retention may seem costly for a lot of SMEs. But did you know that employee turnover costs your business even more? A recent study conducted by the Center for American Progress estimated that: [edgtf_unordered_list style="circle" animate="no" font_weight=""] It costs 16% of the annual salary to replace an employee at a high-turnover, low-paying (under $30,000 per year) job. Replacing a $10/hour sales assistant, for instance, will cost your business around $3,300. Replacing someone on a midrange position (earning $30,000 to $50,000 a...

What Is Extrinsic Motivation?

Every day we roll out of our beds and contemplate on what tasks and activities we'll do next. We anticipate some of those and dread others. How come? Well, that has something to do with the pesky thing called “motivation” – our driver for doing what we are doing (or procrastinating on some things). As the title suggests, in this post we’ll take a close look at what is extrinsic motivation and how it can help you get better at managing yourself...