My New Approach to Homework, and Work-Work

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William Glasser's "How We Learn"
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Autumn is upon us and now is the time when the school bell rings in a new year. For parents this means dragging kids out of bed, making lunches that fit Martha Stewart’s standards, and homework. It’s possible that I hate homework more, now as an adult, than I did as a kid. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the time with the kids, but homework can quickly become routine. The kids want to rush through it, I scan over it, offer suggestions for improvements, explain to the complaining child why changes are needed, and then move on to the next assignment. At the end of the evening I wonder if the kids got anything out of the assigned work.

This is why I’m taking a new approach to homework this year. Of course, we’ll still complete the assignments. But I also want to introduce a new exercise where the kids are the teachers. They love to role-play so it should come natural. I want them to teach me what they learned in their assignments that day. I’ll even work through the same homework and have them teach me how to do it. The idea was inspired by William Glasser, developer of the Choice Theory. Dr. Glasser developed theories around human behavior, what motivates us, and how we learn. Below is a belief he defined, and one that I’m now putting into practice.

William Glasser's "How We Learn"

William Glasser’s “How We Learn”

And this is a practice I’m incorporating into my own work. There’s always a need for reading, listening, analyzing, and discussing, but when you teach you develop reinforcement.

It’s a short post this week, but that’s because it’s time to get out there and exercise this new initiative.


Marilyn Cox

Marilyn Cox is the Director of Marketing for Second City Works - the B2B division of the famed Second City.

You know the buzzwords; inbound, outbound, content, demand gen, lead gen, martech, social media, account-based, advocacy, customer success, sales enablement, and analytics.She studies it, plans it, executes it, experiments with it, and loves it.

Through discovery, creation, and innovation she's learned to say "Yes, And".Like business, her career is one big improvisational act.

She leads all aspects of the brand and culture, developing and executing a clearly defined, integrated marketing communications strategy.Marilyn is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, training, and managing all marketing functions to achieve objectives of growth, awareness, customer success and making work better.

Marilyn exists to empower sales and support the customer. When not geeking out over marketing analytics, she can be found daydreaming about her unrealized dream as a professional wrestler with the WWE.

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