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Title: Looks: Why they matter more than you ever imagined Author: Gordon L. Patzer, Ph.D. Publisher: New York : AMACOM, c2008 Call Number: HM1151 .P36 2008 From the Publis...
Are you a Teachers College student, and, if so, what are you studying? I am a doctoral student in Instructional Technology & Media program at Teachers College.   I have a master degree in TESOL and am interested in Second language acquisition, inter-cultural communication, and technology.  My current research interest focuses on using technology as a mean to reduce ESL students' perceived ste...
I attended the Socratic Conversation on Nov. 3, 2011.  The topic of the session was: "Singlism", Marriage, "Partnership", or...? What's the Right Choice for You?.  During the session, people from different cultural backgrounds (India, South Africa, Japan, Brazil, China, and U.S.) shared their unique (but to some extent, more or less similar) perspectives on how being single is viewed in each of their own societies. It was brought to my attention when a participant said that in his country, esp. at workplace, those who are...
I attended the Socratic Conversation hosted by the Gottesman Libraries on Sept 9 and the topic of the session was: "Enjoying Great Conversation: How Talking Together Can Enhance Your Life & Your Learning" In this one hour session, facilitator Ron Gross led the discussion with guiding questions such as: 1. What do you value most in the best conversations you have? 2. What conversational skills have you used, or observed and admired? 3. How does your online communication (Texting, Twitter, e-mail, Facebook, etc.) complement, replace, or change your face-to-face convers...
For those who like outdoor events, don't miss the 4th Summer Streets! You can walk, run, bike, and play on Park Ave and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park (from 7am-1pm) on August 13 and 20. There are 5 rest stop along the route where you can find free bicycle and rollerblade rentals, Guacamole-making demonstrations, bike helmet giveaways, family picnic area, health and fitness zone, and a rock climbing wall. ...
Q. What is cultural competence? "Cultural competence refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. Cultural competence comprises four components: (a) Awareness of one's own cultural worldview, (b) Attitude towards cultural differences, (c) Knowledge of different cultural practices and worldviews, and (d) cross-cultural skills. Developing cultural competence results in an ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures."---wikipedia Q. Why is cultural competence important in education se...
In addition to the common  academic challenges that all students have, English as a second language (ESL) students suffer from additional challenges such as English learning difficulties and social adjustment difficulties. Many of them have not had any experience interacting with Americans and have not learned much English and American culture before coming to the States. To ensure ESL students' academic success in the States,  educators need to help ESL students overcome their difficulties. Being an international student at TC, an ESL student and an ESL teacher in the past, I am always int...
Education Program at Gottesman Libraries hosts different types of education related events in the library through the year. For instance, Socratic Conversation, book talk, workshop, news display, and film screening.  I always find those events resourceful and enjoyable. This week, I attended a book talk hosted by Wendy Elmer: Book of Poems About Being a Teenager, and other works. I read some of Wendy's work at a poem reading event hosted by Education program earlier and was really touched by her work. Previously, she shared her works from one of her publications:
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Lately, I have been reviewing Carol Dweck's work on one's belief about intelligence and its consequent effects on learning. Dweck is a professor at Stanford University, a social psychologist, and the author of  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. In this recent book, based on her past 20 years research on belief, motivation, and achievement, Dweck discusses two mindsets that people generally have: a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. People with fixed mindsets believe that intelligence ...