Archive for July, 2007

Roundtable 2007

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Stats Intro

Getting ready to take Stats online. Session at Roundtable 2007.

  • Be careful about rounding. Only one rounding at the very end.
  • Review your linear algebra.
  • Buy the books and software ahead of time so that you are ready to start when the class starts end of August.
  • If at all possible, use existing data from work for your project. This will make it easier to finish the project and will make it more meaningful.
  • Get the Graduate version of SPSS if you think you might be using more advanced stats in your dissertation. But if you will be waiting longer than 4 years to do your dissertation you’ll be in trouble because the license for the graduate version runs out in four years.
  • Don’t extensively copy and paste SPSS output into your assignment. Then embed it in your answers. (This is the beginnings of how to write for our dissertations.) We will have to write narratively about the data in our assignments. You might have a table with some data. How will you write up the data? Every assignment has this “interpretation” piece of it. You don’t write about every little piece of information in the table. You pull out what you want your readers to be know from the table.
  • If we have existing data, he will want to know our research question and what variables we have.

What will the class cover?

  • Descriptive statistics. Describing variables.
  • Inferential statistics. Logic of hypothesis testing etc.

There are three kinds of variables: categorical discrete, categorical ordinal (with order/ranking), and continuous (temperature, test scores, IQ, etc.). If your variables are continuous you have more powerful ways to analyze the data. Ask yourself what kind of data it is before you analyze the data.

Your assignments will never involve more than 2 variables in one analysis.

Resource: Courtney Pindling’s page. Classroom lectures have notes & Camtasia streaming etc.

Looking forward to learning how to analyze data I’ve collected at work!

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Strengths Theory

Today we’re focusing on the Strengths Finder book and learning how to apply this in our lives.  Here’s an interesting thought about applying strengths in teams (from Go Put Your Strengths to Work).

Myth: A good team member does whatever it takes to help the team.
Truth: A good team member deliberately volunteers his  strengths to the team most of the time.
A great team member is not well rounded. The great team is well rounded, precisely because each great team member is not.

The concept of Flow is fascinating. Read Flow and Finding Flow.

“Flow” a theory of optimal experience – the state in which a person is so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is so enjoyable that people will do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it. (Csikszentmihalyi, Flow, 1990, p. 4).

Some of you reading my blog(s) wonder why I get so much done. I’ve written about that before, but I think this is another piece of it. I’m blessed in that I am working where I can function within my strengths most of them.

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Emergence

If you were interested in Swarm Theory, check out this clip for PBS on Emergence – the intelligence in group movement, ant colonies, etc. The clips are on the bottom left. Check it out! Interesting connection to order & disorder from Wheatley’s book too.

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Tips for Buying Books

Dr. Baumgartner gives us great tips on reading and buying books. Today’s tip is how to get the best price for a book.

  • First look up the book on Amazon.com and copy the ISBN number of the book.
  • Then go to AddAll.com and paste the ISBN number to search several bookstores and tells you the best price.

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Leadership Practice

Today’s inventory is the Leadership Practice Inventory. There are five areas of a good leader. The results help us know how we need to improve.

Model the Way
Book suggestion: Let My People Go Surfing

  • Find your voice by clarifying your personal values
  • Set the example by aligning actions with shared values

Inspire a Shared Vision

  • Envision the future by imagining exciting and ennobling possibilities
  • Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations

Enable Others to Act

  • Foster collaboration by promoting cooperative goals and building trust
  • Strengthen others by sharing power and discretion

Encourage the Heart

  •  Recognize contributions by showing appreciation for individual excellence
  • Celebrate the values and the victories by creating a spirit of community

Challenge the Process

  • Search for opportunities by seeking innovative ways to change, grow, and improve
  • Experiment and take risks by constantly generating small wins and learning from mistakes

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Why I’m in the Leadership Program Part 2

This morning we learned about the philosophy of the Leadership and Educational Administration department. These are the main concepts and they fit my own core values very well.

  • A Christian worldview is fundamental
  • Human dignity and moral well-being must be protected
  • Knowledge is socially constructed
  • Learning is not hierarchical
  • Change is inevitable
  • Servant-leadership is the leadership concept of choice
  • Life is often ambiguous

Therefore the program is dynamic, life-related, job-embedded, builds competencies, builds a learning community, and is individualized.

This morning’s inspiration focused on the department value of human dignity.

  • God loves us.
  • We are unique.
  • God loves us uniquely.

We also thought about these rules (patterns).

  • Golden Rule: Do to others as you would have them do to you.
  • Platinum Rule (Gold Shined): Do to others what they need done to them to experience is love and meet their love needs.
  • Silver Rule: Do to others what you want.
  • Bronze Rule: Do to others what they do to you and more.
  • Iron Rule: Do to others BEFORE they to do you.

Competency, the foundation of our learning plan, is made up of knowledge, skills/performances, and beliefs/attitudes.

The professors are experts in setting up experiences that allow us to demonstrate or show our expertise. They believe that we have expertise and valuable past experiences and honor that in the learning experiences.

For these reasons and more, I know that this program is right where I belong.

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