A little bird told us…

…that it’s Customer Appreciation Month!

Thank you to all the instructors who inspire us with your hard work, passion, and dedication to your students and their learning. You and your students keep us striving to do our best and help us enjoy what we’re working toward each day.

We have to say…we must be doing something right, because you guys have said some pretty nice things about us! Here are some of your most recent comments that make us glow with pride and happiness. Hope you enjoy as much as we did, and thank you!


This short video will get students interested in language

This quick TED-Ed Talk taught us about language using fun animation and easy-to-follow explanations. It breaks down the following:

Prescriptivism – the linguistic approach that says language should follow consistent rules and informs others of common, established patterns in language

Descriptivism – the linguistic approach that strives to learn and map the differences in languages without pushing for a set, “correct” standard

The video is just over four minutes and will teach your students a bit of the history and thinking behind language!

Ted-Ed. “Does Grammar Matter?” Online video. YouTube. YouTube, 12 Apr. 2016. Web. 29 April 2016.

Customers, we appreciate YOU!

Here at Hawkes Learning, we love our customers. April is Customer Appreciation Month, and we do our best to make every month feel that way! However, this month does get a special video highlighting how much we love working with you.

After all, not every company gets to work with inspiring instructors who strive to help their students attain success, give valuable feedback through insightful collaboration, and end up becoming more like friends than customers.

In honor of you, we’ve created this short video thanking you. Hope you enjoy!

Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice | Edutopia

In one of Edutopia’s latest posts, “Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice,” an instructor speaks about the benefits of recording himself teaching every once in a while. It helps him improve his teaching abilities and gain the perspective of an audience member. His main takeaways include the following:

  1. You may not realize you call on specific students more often than others.
  2. Provide enough time between asking a question and allowing students to think and answer. The author’s research found that instructors, on average, “provided .7 to 1.5 seconds of wait-time for students after asking them a question…The research also found, however, that providing at lease 3 seconds of wait-time tended to have a positive impact on both the students and the teachers” (“Record Yourself”).
  3. You can see if you move around in the class enough to keep students engaged and attentive to the lesson.
  4. You might not notice what your students are doing while you’re lecturing. They may be far more distracted than you realize!

Check out more from Edutopia’s post here.

Gaston_teach. “Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice.” Edutopia. The George Lucas Educational Foundation, 15 Sept. 2015. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.

WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Source: Record Yourself to Improve Your Practice | Edutopia