Work Hard, Be Nice

This week Bill Gates released a jar full of Mosquito's into the audience at the TED conference to make a point about Malaria. Not only is the talk well worth watching for a better understanding of the childhood death rate, but also for his second point on education and his recommendation of a new book called Work Hard, Be Nice about how two inspired teachers created the most promising schools in America. It's really hard not to appreciate and respect what Mr. Gates is all about these days as a role model and to remember that technology can be such a powerful tool for addressing the things that really matter in our world

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I am a language lecturer in a Middle East university. I constantly find that providing positive comments to my students brings them on - they react positively. I have done my share of giving negative feedback and i can tell you, it does't work - it doesn't improve anything. On the contrary, it msakes matters worse in the classroom.
Finding something good to say to students isn't that challenging anymore. My students work hard, show interest and get better, and I let them know how well they are doing, and it helps to keep things moving forward.
Please look at my website - you'll find lots to interest you - it interests my students and improves their self-esteem and their ability to use English as a means of communication.
Thanks
Rob Fielding

Posted by Robert L. Fielding on February 08, 2009 at 07:50 PM PST #

keep up the great work. its so fascinating to hear goodnews from a region where all you get to see is whats wrong.proud of you sir. have a great week

Posted by Christian Love on June 21, 2009 at 10:19 AM PDT #

Thanks, Chris, you are right about so much misinformation coming out of this region. It is a pleasant place to live and work.
Thanks again
Rob

Posted by Robert L. Fielding on June 24, 2009 at 08:20 PM PDT #

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