Hi Friends, Well this week has been busy!!! Just doing my recertification for Dementia Coach, a yearly renewal which entails lots of practicing with videos. I just finished my last PIDP Course. Totally one of my favourite courses. Professional Practice. Learning new skills is so empowering. I can’t wait for the Capstone now. Thank-you to all that take the time to follow my blog. I will keep you updated!! Happy August!!

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So my fellow classmates I have devised a Professional Development Plan. In 2017 my goal was to complete my training as a Dementia Coach, and sign up for the PIDP program. Well my strategy is almost complete!! I am a dementia coach helping graduating nurses learn how to return dignity to families and patients living with dementia. My PIDP Diploma means that I can teach my passion to an audience of families, healthcare workers and Doctors. Upon completion of my plan I am excited to continue upgrading my healthcare courses. This has been an amazing growth for me this past year and the PIDP Program has opened so many doors. I plan to access our Seniors Villages, our Care Homes and our Doctors Offices. Actually I intend to teach to as many people as I can.

Hi friends, this week I will discuss Lecturing Creatively! We have all been in a lecture that has been a clock watcher. We have all had the pleasure of a very interesting lecture, with class engagement. Students look for clarity of voice and expression, eye contact and gesturing to express content. Why is lecturing important? It establishes the outline,makes to be able to explain with frequent examples, concepts that are harder to understand. Lectures give you the ability to introduce perspectives and interpretations. You are able to model intellectual attitudes and behaviors you wish to encourage. As well you can encourage interest in your topic. During a lecture using clickers and other classroom response techniques, will keep students engaged with interest. If you continue talking without breaking up the flow, you risk losing the attention of your students. Block your time into a series of time, such as 12-15 minute blocks. Social Media during you talk is a great way to engage students to participate. I like using Ted Talks. Providing scaffolding notes on your lecture with room for notes as the lecture progresses, gives the students something to follow. Start your lecture with a question, end your lecture with questions. This gives opportunity of questions raised during your lecture, or issues left unanswered. As a final thought on lecturing, it can provide students with a solid foundation of understanding. Good well-suited presentations are crucial to students understanding and development.

This week my topic is on accredited schools. What is an accredited school? Accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of the program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession. The student, can be assured knowledge and skill are included, and the program is stable professionally and financially. The process for accreditation is designed to be supportive, consistent and objective. Accreditation is awarded after successful documentation of compliance with the current Standards. Compliance is determined by on-site inspection and evaluation of written documents provided by the organization. The purpose of the accreditation process is a collegial process based on self and peer assessment. The purpose is improvement of academic quality and public accountability. The process occurs usually every five to ten years. The accreditation is important as it helps determine if an institution meets or exceeds minimum standards of quality. Helps students determine acceptable institutions. As well assist institutions in determining acceptability of transfer credits. If a school is not accredited it is not recognized by the government. Five Steps in Accreditation Enrolment: Self-Assessment, On-Site Assessment, Commission Review and Decision, Maintaining Compliance, and Reaccreditation. If a school loses its accreditation it will force a college or university to close its doors. This is because the school will no longer be able to receive federal and provincial aid, which is significant source of funding for many schools. In Canada 2015, McGill’s medical school is put on probation by accrediting body. The association found the undergraduate program failed to meet 24 of the 132 required standards. The faculty has 18-24 months to demonstrate significant progress.