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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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While the demands of teaching are increasing, I'm finding less and less time to get to talk with other adults. Lunches are more often than not, "working lunches," and it is more and more difficult to find adults who have the time to discuss learning methodologies - or even recent politics. Though my husband and I both have Masters Degrees, he is an engineer and has never been really "big" on conversation. We are also motorcycle riders, and I got involved with an an on-line forum for riders. The language can get pretty rough at times, but having grown up with brothers, and (until teaching) - having been in predominately male-oriented fields, I've been able to get past that and find the discussions can get pretty serious, and even in some cases - surprisingly intellectual. When I've read some of the "conversations," taking place there, my husband is also surprised at the level of adult discourse occuring on every topic imaginable. Naturally, there are always those who use playground tactics, such as name calling, etc. - but like anywhere else, one learns who to pay attention to and who to ignore. I know there are book groups at libraries and the like where adults get together to talk, and of course I could always take on-line, or college courses, but we live in a rural area and I really dislike having to drive long distances after work. But I also find that stimulating conversations with adults helps keep me current on politics and hone my knowledge on other topics that I teach. Aside from here, are any of you involved in any on-line forums, or found any other groups in which you like to participate for similar reasons?

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