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Share How Are Critics Useful?
2013-4-21 05:36
The late inspirational writer and professional speaker, Zig Ziglar, once said, "Some people search for problems as if there is a reward for it." There seems to be some kind of payoff for the person who is a constant critic. These people are easy to identify. Especially on forums like this one. The rush of adrenalin and the temporary release of endorphins, perpetuate their drive to criticize. I never understood the usefulness of the many self appointed critics in life. To be a critic you ( ...
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Share Positive Directive Education Succeeds
2013-4-19 09:33
As an educator, I am constantly looking for better and more effective ways in teaching. With thousands of classroom hours, I've found that one style that should definitely be employed and integrated in every learning situation is, 'positive directive' instruction. Simply put, 'positive directive teaching' is far more effective than 'negative corrective teaching.' Let me give an example. A commercial airliner usually has at least 3 pilots (and often 4 which includes a navigator). A captain, a ...
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Share Are Chinese Students Safe in the USA?
2013-4-18 15:46
Naturally, when news is released that there has been a bomb explosion in the U.S. and four people are dead, one being a Chinese graduate, many here in China wonder if students are safe in the U.S. It sickened my heart and mind to hear of this senseless act of terrorism. The simple fact is, the U.S. is certainly not as safe as China. With the many freedoms that American enjoy, there is a price to pay for that freedom. Restrictions are less, guns are easy to get and sick, demented i ...
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Share Speaking Chinese
2013-4-18 04:20
My experience here in China is so interesting and so very rich. I know, maybe, a few hundred words in Chinese. And it is likely that I don't pronounce many of them correctly. We, English speaking people, aren't sensitive to the tones. What is more interesting is when people try to talk to me. It is common that they will say something, I won't understand, I say 'ting bu dong', and then, they say something else. Sometimes I can understand. If they ask me 'where I'm from', or, 'what do you do' o ...
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Share Making Your Life Better
2013-4-17 07:22
Being an American living in China, it is easy for me to contrast our two cultures. But there are many things that we have in common. One thing that seems to be shared among most cultures of the world is the ideas that we have about our roles and responsibilities in life. Most children grow and learn at least until the age of 18. In most cultures, they finish high school and decide whether or not to attend college or university. I was one of those that faced that time in my life without a weal ...
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Share China Or USA: Which Offers A Better LIfe?
2013-4-16 03:39
Nearly every Sunday morning, I attend and volunteer teaching English at an English Corner just west of the campus of Zhengzhou University. Many people ask me questions about English and western culture. Last Sunday, a man asked me, "Michael, do you think life is better in China for people or in the USA?" Wow! What a question. First, I am an American. I love my country. I'm also a very positive person and always want to find what's good about everything that I can. Second, ...
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Share 21 Words That Will Transform Your Life
2013-4-16 02:40
Just try to be the best person you can be. That's all that is expected of any human being. 21 words that can transform your life experience into one of all that life is meant to be. "Treat others as you want to be treated, be positive about life, show kindness, be generous, choose happiness and show love." (21 words)
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Share Who's Responsible For Good Education?
2013-4-15 07:31
I talked to many teachers every week. They ask questions like 'how to teach', 'what do you do that makes students love and respect you?', 'how can I improve my teaching and effectiveness?' An ancient Chinese quote (some attribute this quote to the Japanese) says, "There are no bad students; only bad teachers." Another famous saying is, "The teacher can open the door, but, the student must walk through it." So who is really responsible for students' learning in school? Is it the student who's ...
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Share Can Anyone Guarantee Your Success?
2013-4-14 23:52
"If you are not afraid of dying, there is nothing you cannot achieve." - Lao Tzu It was the famed humorist and author, Mark Twain, who said, "I'm not much afraid of dying since I was dead for billions and billions of years before I was born and I have never been much inconvenienced by it." Courage isn't the absence of fear. It is feeling the fear and doing it anyway. Everyone feels fear. When given the 'flight or fight' options, most of us would rather 'take flight'. We don't wan ...
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Share Saving Face Or Telling The Truth?
2013-4-14 23:19
"Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods." Confucius Recently, a former colleague of mine contacted me with a big problem she was facing. Her boss had told her that she must tell a lie to another co-worker. The boss had failed to contact the co-worker regarding a very important matter. The co-worker discovered the omission and was adversely affected by it. The boss told my former colleague that she ...
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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.

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