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Beach Ball Icebreaker

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Need a great way to start an IRL training workshop or class? Try this beach ball icebreaker exercise! As I wrap up our school year, I am reflecting on what…

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Scavenger hunt icebreaker in Rome

How to use a Scavenger Hunt as an Icebreaker: Roaming around Rome on Study Abroad

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Do you ever need a great icebreaker? Try designing a scavenger hunt! In Summer of 2022, I had the great pleasure of teaching in Rome as part of Loyola Marymount…

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What are office hours really like and why should you come?

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I really want to let my current and future students in on a little secret… Office hours are actually FUN. In fact, there is nothing I cherish more than these…

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Ellen Ensher Power Mentors

Women Power Mentors that Inspire Me: Tips from TikTok

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Two words: Boss. Ladies. You’ve probably heard of all these powerful women. But did you know that they are all power mentorship icons?! Read on… Sheryl Sandberg Sheryl Sandberg is…

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My Return to TikTok: Tips to Battling Procrastination

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Guess who’s back on TikTok?! Being able to connect with my Zoomer students this year on the popular app – through my Do’s and Don’ts of Online Class TikTok series…

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How to Use Social Media to Build Rapport

Teaching Mentoring in Morocco with the U.S. Embassy: How to Use Social Media to Build Rapport Pre and Post Workshop

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I think one of the biggest questions we all had to tackle this past year was how to engage people virtually. Whether it be virtual team meetings, e-classrooms, or cyber…

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My Best Practices for Engaging Students through a Screen

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Though I’m thrilled to be back teaching in person next year, I’ve enjoyed reflecting on what worked this past year teaching virtually. It’s safe to say that when I was…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Class: A Series – Do Take Class in a Quiet, Productive Space

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I’ve heard the stories and experienced them myself. A student baking a chocolate cake during class. Another student mopping the floor. Even a student driving from Los Angeles to San…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Class: A Series – Do Mute Yourself Before Having a Conversation

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There’s no telling what your roommate, your mom or your pet will decide to do while you’re in class. There will be times when all your good intentions to create…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Online Class: A Series – Don’t Send Inappropriate Chats

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The Zoom chat function during class is great. It allows students to interact with the professor and each other professionally without disrupting the flow of class: “professionally” being the key…

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