Education

I have found over the years that I am a learner, and sometimes a teacher.  I have strong views about challenges of the educational process and this section contains an eclectic set of comments on various topics in the field of education.

Christmas 2015

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Education | 0 comments

Christmas 2015 For past readers of my annual holiday note, this year’s letter will be different from all those of the past.  No travelogue; no ‘I went here and I went there, bla bla, bla’.  I’ve taught a Washington University course on introspection and reflection for the past 17 years and I thought I would share a rough transcription of the last ten minutes of this class.  Apologies that it’s a little long. “We began this course with Viktor Frankl and his life in a concentration camp, from his famous book Man’s Search for...

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Positive Psychology

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Education | 0 comments

Syllabus Seminar in Positive Psychology Psych. 367 Spring 2008 Randy Larsen Glenn Detrick Room 206 Psychology Bldg. Whispers Lounge rlarsen@artsci.wustl.edu Glenn@webebi.com Office Hours: Wed. 3-4:00, & by appt. Tu/Th 2:00-2:30, & by appt. Format of Course: This course will be conducted as a seminar. We will avoid lecturing and will instead encourage discussion. After the first full week in most weeks we will fall into a routine where the Tuesday class is devoted to discussing the readings and the Thursday class is devoted to...

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Self Discovery/Life Skills

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Education | 0 comments

Self Discovery/Life Skills Winter Term 2006 GST 337 Retrospective Background This class met three hours a day (1:30 – 4:30 pm) from January 3 – 24 (14 class sessions plus a final exam period) with 26 juniors and seniors at Elon University in North Carolina. The course syllabus, student data sheet (collected and discussed in individual meetings with each student prior to the second class meeting) and final examination are attached for reference. The course was conceived and offered by Glenn Detrick who, with thirty years of experience in...

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Course Themes

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 in Education | 0 comments

Course Themes A Retrospective of Ideas to Consider U87 – 435 1. Choice.  You choose your attitude – and you can choose to be positive 2. Perspective (remember Viktor Frankl.  And you think YOU have problems?) 3. Stay focused 4. Response Ability and Accountability (to yourself as well as others) 5. Empathy and Active Listening – keys to interpersonal effectiveness 6. DO IT!  (Don’t just hope/wish/want it to happen) 7. Let go (of the past; and/or negativity toward others) 8. Empowerment: You are in charge and control of you (but no...

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Taking a Family Trip

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Education | 0 comments

Some thoughts about how to help make a family trip a learning experience for your child A Parent’s Guide From The Chelsea Detrick Experiential Learning Center Webster Groves High School 1. Overview: Choosing a destination 2. Planning prior to the trip Different possibilities for different age groups Knowing your kids Having objectives for the trip (or not) Pre-trip reading (for some types of trip) Discussing expectations before leaving 3. During the trip Asking questions (but not too many) Having kids keep a journal or diary Structure vs....

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Effective Teaching — Student Perceptions

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Education | 0 comments

Student Perceptions of Effective Teaching A focus group meeting was held with High School students, grades 9 – 12, as a follow up to the administration of the EBI High School Environment Survey. In the survey students had indicated that about 40% of the teaching they received was “excellent”, 35% was “average” and 25% was “poor”. Students were asked first to think about excellent teachers they had and to write down the attributes and qualities that made these teachers effective. Of the approximately 35 attributes derived,...

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Washington University Syllabus

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Education | 0 comments

Individual and Organizational Introspection U87-435 Course Syllabus  Washington University Fall 2017   This course is designed to assist students in taking maximum advantage of the educational potential and personal development opportunity found by being introspective, personally and, if so desired, in the work setting.  The course provides a framework for students to be reflective about their personal growth objectives, their strengths and weaknesses in a personal and organizational context and their desire for future personal and...

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Teacher Unions

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Education | 0 comments

Commentary by Glenn Detrick – I have two cartoons on my refrigerator. Cartoons often seem to hit the nail directly on the head in a way which leads one to say, “Ouch! That certainly is true!” The first cartoon is a B.C. which shows a little school house classroom with a student saying, “Wake up, teech!” In the second frame the student continues, “I don’t believe you fell asleep!” In the third frame the teacher responds, “It’s okay. I’ve got tenure.” The second cartoon is a one frame Mallard Fillmore: “So…...

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Don’t Send Your Kid to Occidental College

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Education | 0 comments

A Parent’s Perspective by Glenn Detrick – Focusing on the difference between objectives and outcomes is critical in life. In business, if one starts a company with the objective of making money, one is very likely to fail. If, on the other hand, one begins a business with the objective of serving a need and providing premium service to the customer, the business is likely, as an outcome, to make money. In education, I would hypothesize that the vast majority of undergraduate students have as their primary objective to complete a...

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An Interview with Russell L. Ackoff

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Education | 0 comments

By Glenn Detrick – Academy of Management Learning and Education Volume 1, Issue 1 September 2002 Russell L. Ackoff is one of the pioneers in management education. With an undergraduate degree in architecture and a PhD in philosophy, Ackoff is one of the founders of operations research and systems thinking, linking science and business. Influential in management thinking for the entire second half of the 20th century, Ackoff has published 22 books and over 200 articles in journals and books, on a myriad of topics. His illustrious...

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