Famous Quotes

“Learn how the brain works and you’ll learn how to teach.”

–Professor Phil Jones

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Interesting thought about Pirates.

I was just thinking…when Pirates were in college back in 1650, were they told to raise their hook if they wanted to ask a question?–Professor Phil Jones

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Professor appreciation

Compliment from a student in the year 1991: “I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot; thanks sir!”

Compliment from a student in the year 2017: “You’re the sh*t sir!”

–Professor Phil Jones

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Set ‘S-M-A-R-T-E-R’ goals

When I was in college, we learned about setting goals and were taught the acronym ‘SMART’ (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based). In fact, even today, we still teach that concept. Well, I’m creating a new acronym that should be used instead that I am now teaching my students: ‘SMARTER‘ (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-Based, Economical, and Rewarding). Since goals are directly linked to your habits and, more often than not, requires changing your current habits in order to achieve your goal, you need to add ‘economical’ and ‘rewarding’ to the current mix.

A NEW MODEL FOR SETTING GOALS: ‘SMARTER’:

SPECIFIC

MEASURABLE

ATTAINABLE

REALISTIC

TIME-BASED

ECONOMICAL

REWARDING

–Professor Phil Jones

 

Your goal must be ‘economical’ (meaning, are you willing to pay the price in order to achieve it?)  Setting a goal means that you WILL be sacrificing something in order to achieve it. Spending less time with family and friends? Spending money for products, services or memberships necessary to achieve the goal? Time commitment? Not doing other leisure activities?

Your daily habits dictate how you spend your time from the moment you wake up in the morning until the time you go to sleep at the end of your day.  If you have set a goal, then you will most likely need to alter those daily habits in order to achieve your goal. According to the research done by MIT’s neuroscience guru, Ann Graybiel, if you want to successfully change those habits, there MUST be a reward at the end. Giving yourself a reward once you have achieved the goal is a huge motivator and must be part of the equation; it will keep your eye on the prize at the end of the journey (a book that I highly recommend that expands on Graybiel’s research is ‘The Power of Habit’ by Charles Duhigg).

If more people thought about the sacrifices they will be making before they start their goal and also think about the reward they’ll get once completed, it will result in more people achieving their goals. Bottom line, if you aren’t willing to ‘pay the price’ and give yourself a reward at the end, you won’t achieve any of the goals you set. Don’t just be smart when setting your goals, be smarter!

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Advice, tips, and favourite quotes I gave to my graduates.

handling pressures of collegeThis year, I was asked to give a talk to my graduating students at their graduation dinner. If you ever get asked, and wonder what you will say, simply give them some of your favourite quotes, advice, and tips that you have learned since the time you graduated. Here were mine:

  1. The best scenario in life is knowing that you know, the next best scenario is knowing that you don’t know, and the worst scenario is not knowing that you don’t know (unknown, but my father told me this one.)

    “Give yourself a ‘Life Sentence’. It has to include a noun (you), an adjective (one word that you want to be known for), and a verb (what you are doing).”–Professor Phil Jones

  2. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans (John Lennon)
  3. Five years from now, you’re the same person except for the people you’ve met and the books you’ve read.” (John Wooden)

    “Read Youtube comments; it will ensure that you will have a laugh every day.”–Professor Phil Jones

  4. Remember those that help you during your life; and remember those that don’t, especially when you win the lottery.
  5. Buy a lottery ticket once in a while (the majority of my students don’t buy them).
  6. Add value to your employer or client…then multiply that value by 3 times; it will make you invaluable to an organization. (Jenniffer Alvarenga).
  7. Try to avoid booking a dental or medical appointment on a Friday. If things don’t go well, it will be hard tracking down the doctor; they’ll be away at their cottage.
  8. Make your bed every morning; it will make you feel organized as you start your day.
  9. Your ‘word’ is everything, so use it wisely.
  10. Read…a lot.
  11. Drink water…a lot.
  12. Did you know that ‘Drake’ is a male duck, and not just a Rapper? It’s true, look it up on your ‘smartphone’.
  13. Never give away your ‘Coca Cola’ secret ingredient; that way no one can steal your ideas.
  14. Listen to the song ‘Time’ by Pink Floyd.

I finished off the speech with: “People will only remember how you made them feel…so I hope that I, along with your fellow professors in attendance here tonight, made you feel a little smarter, a little more motivated to learn, and a little more important. Enjoy your graduation day.”

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Famous Quotes: Grading System

“Who was the ‘genius’ that thought up the grading system that’s currently used in schools? A-B-C-D…F…what happened to the letter E? I wonder how many students would be passing if there was a letter grade E?”  –Professor Phil Jones

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Famous quotes: ‘Plagiarism’

Plagiarism. The word itself will never be copied because it’s too hard to spell…or was that the idea?    –Professor Phil Jones

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My summer project: ‘Led Zeppelin Tree Trunk Drum Set’.

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Drum Set Design: Phil Jones. Chainsaw Artist: Peter Van Adrichem/Fleetwood Studio. Thanks to Cam at ‘Tree Climbers’ for the stumps!
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Here's what it looks like covered in snow; kind of like ice cream cones?

Winter in Canada!

 

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‘Brains are cool’ hat $24.95 ($U.S.)

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Top 10 ways how to use 3D printers in your class.

– Scan a picture of Albert Einstein’s face in 3D to create a realistic-looking face mask. Wear it to the next class and say, “Your professor is sick today, so I’ll be covering the class…get out your pens and ink wells.”

– Create and print two gigantic 3D ears and place them on the sides of your head. Ask the students a question telling them to speak up when they answer.

– Create and print 3 extra fingers on each hand and see how long it takes for students to notice.

– 3D print several life size replicas of yourself and place them around the room during exam time. Students won’t know which one is the real you, thereby deterring any potential of cheating.

– Print out your classroom in 3D with the same room number and place it down the hall from your real classroom. Sit back and be entertained by all the confusion.

– During the previous week, tell the class there will be a famous guest speaker in the next class and they “won’t want to miss this class!”. Print out a life size 3D replica of Kim Kardashian and place it at the front of the classroom. Once everyone is excited and seated, tell them it’s not real, and proceed to give them all a surprise quiz.

– Create all your exams in 3D so that students have to wear those cheap, cardboard, red/blue 3D glasses in order to read it. Take a picture to show management how you are using leading-edge technology in the classroom.

– Print miniature 3D replicas of yourself for students to take home and place on their work desks for motivational purposes.

– Randomly, during the middle of a class, start to print out a 3D potter’s wheel, create a clay pot, and start singing ‘Unchained Melody’ by the Righteous Brothers.

– Become your students favourite prof by bringing in a 3D pizza printer and start handing out unlimited amounts of pizza for all of them.

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