Monthly Archives: February 2006

Diagnostic Tests for Genealogy Educators

Here’s a test for you to hone your skills on.

A genealogist comes into the Family History Library in Salt Lake City dragging a two-wheel dolly with two bankers boxes held on with bungi cords, sets up at a table and pulls files to work on. Its true. I saw this with my own eyes!

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Reference by Walking Around: Blue Sky Thinking?

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Years ago I read an article about management by walking around that suggested managers needed to get out of the office and into the front lines daily to observe, to listen and provide guidence when needed. Its a good idea. But what’s it got to do with genealogy?

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Group Discussion to Learn Complex Concepts

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I am attracted to the idea of using discussion groups with intermediate and advanced level genealogists to help them learn things like evidence analysis and research logic, the sorts of things that help genealogists solve the challenging problems. I am an admirer of Dr. William M. Litchman of New Mexico whose ideas have helped so many good genealogists in his area become much better researchers and much clearer thinkers. Concerning genealogy education Dr. Litchman wrote,

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Information Transfer Exercises

Many years ago when I was teaching English language at a university in Saudi Arabia I shared an office with a colleague from England who was working on a textbook for the Kenya Department of Education. One day he showed me one of the lesson assignments in the text. Students read apage of information and were instructed to transfer the data to a table. It was, he said, an excellant way look at students ability to comprehend what they read. So how does that relate to teaching genealogy?

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Caring for the Speaker: Tips for the Host

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I was exhausted, and slumped into the nearest chair. It had been a difficult day and it was only 11:30 am. I was sick and in the middle of a five lecture day. Never again, I told myself would I lose control of my speaking environment. Famous last words. Things can and do go wrong with speaking engagements. Speakers need to have control of certain things to prevent problems from coming up. Here are some from my experience:

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Thoughts on Self-Directed Learning #5


When I was a young man my Sunday School teacher taught me an interesting concept in self directed learning. Her message was that I could read the Scriptures linearly, page by page like you read a book or I could use read a few verses, then look up key concepts in a concordence or topical guide, find all the related references and read them. So how does that relate to the education of the genealogy educator?

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Too Busy to write a Book? Write a Booklet!

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Here’s an idea to: promote your services, establish yourself as an expert in youir field of genealogy, distribute your own value added product, and generate additional revenue.

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