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Nuts really are good for our health, ask Yale U & Harvard**

   People ask for elevator speeches- really, what they want is a nutshell encapsulation of what one could do –

to help

to fill a need

to connect

to change direction

and what one does do to:

share information

make others comfortable

improve over time

Big challenge then, to put into a few concise sentences all of the above, to add a smile, to have in place a system that is flexible enough to absorb new practices, while being routine enough to become established.

And not to sound like a sound bite 🙂

well that’s the nuts part- now for the bolts:

Bolts: could be a lock on a door or someone bolting as in running away

Beauty of homonyms, or words that sound the same but have different meaning, is how these words can be applied-

Don’t bolt; wait 

When someone asks for that elevator speech, share it, smile, and listen for a response. Think of the other meaning for “bolt”, even if one’s gut reaction is butterflies, and dashing off seems simpler.  Wait.  When questions begin, and conversation enables, breathe, smile again, and now, share the process.  Why the lock on the door? To seal the meeting, but not too fast.  Usain Bolt (couldn’t resist the pun)  is a lovely example of when to hold back and when to surge forward; he saves his Olympic running energy for the actual event, pacing himself during tryouts. 

Nuts and Bolts go together, and it IS OK to be a little bit eccentric ( polite word for nuts )

Oh and both Yale and Harvard agree on the following:

**regarding the title


  Best regards,

          Ali  🙂

     Approach Learning Intelligently

         Achieve Learning Ideals

 Working Together  Makes  Learning  Better

     Together Academics Toronto Canada






Being Together

Amazing how much reading I have been able to accomplish while taking a hiatus from blogging and posting.  I named my company “Together Academics” to suggest the ways collaborative work, be it from the research perspective or from the working together, tutor and student, parent and child, tutor and family, peer to peer, does incorporate the learning across the disciplines and professions that could extend not only one’s reach, but also one’s commitment to value and growth.  As a reader, I inhale material, digesting it the way a gourmand appreciates a truly well prepared, and thoughtfully executed dinner- though perhaps less critically than one might expect.  Critical analysis I save for the shared learning time, an example of an academic function or skill which students are expected to acquire as they move through any Academic system.  

This first message in a number of months then is one of Gratitude to all those bloggers who manage to generate thoughtful messages on a near daily basis; amazing 🙂 .

Expect to see many new links to sites it is a pleasure to share. And, Please help me to become more interactive by offering your comments, not only regarding upcoming posts but also on the many posts that are here on file.  I have been so blessed to receive positive comments from “strangers” who gradually become colleagues as we, together, attempt to bridge the gaps in education that students themselves share.  Working one-to-one provides a special opportunity to ensure that each session is “enriched”, that all students, regardless of age or background, gain the remedial support and rise to the challenge of a learning activity.  

As always, best regards, 

Ali (Alison)