Do Students Know What Their Role Is?

An important concept that is often overlooked in our haste to propel students into the speedbuilding programs at our schools. A dean told all the instructors in his department,  “ I want you to spend A WHOLE CLASS SESSION telling students two things:  1.  This class is the most important class you will ever take.  2.  You must be here …

Why Do Some People Get More out of Their Practice Sessions Than Others Do?

In the Outliers, the author indicated that the research does not address why some people get more out of their practice sessions that others do. One answer is that some people do not know or understand what practice is. Robert Short, an international court reporter, once said, “If I knew when I was playing basketball, what practice was, I would …

Why Is It Necessary to Explain the Value and Necessity of Practice?

The Outliers is an important book that provides a tremendous insight into the value and necessity of practice.  Have you ever heard anyone at your school say, “That student is a natural.”  The Outliers provides documented research that  answers questions like this:  Is there such a thing as innate talent? When Dustin Huffer, CSR, was a student, teachers and students …

What Is Practice?

Once students have successfully built a foundation based upon full knowledge of their steno language, the second element comes into play – automating the writing of the language on the steno machine. After theory, students are ready to run out the gate.  It is a natural response for students to want to know:  How fast can I write?  How many …

The Language of Steno

Students and teachers are so excited to see their students moving forward into the skill building process that we often overlook that steno is a language.  Before we can begin to see how fast our students can move their fingers on the machine, we need to make sure that they have learned the language.  It is common to misdiagnose the …

BACK TO BASICS: Why Is the Dropout Rate so High?

RE-EXAMINING HOW WE TEACH THEORY A perpetual question arises as to why there is a huge dropout rate in you name it – high schools, colleges, musical programs, dance programs, sports, and so on.  Court Reporting is no exception.  A student’s account of why she thought there was a huge dropout rate in court reporting programs was that “students were …