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If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
February, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 02
How to be a Better Teacher
By Rita Woods, LMT
Teaching is an art and a science. It's an art in that, as a teacher, you must be spontaneous and creative as the circumstances require; and it's a science in that there is a best way to teach involving methodology and planning.
There's an old adage that says, "Not to prepare is to prepare to fail." That is so true when it comes to teaching. Failure to prepare is apparent when students don't learn or are unable to grasp concepts, are a discipline problem or become indifferent. If you are a student and show any of these signs, first, shame on you. Second, see them as signals that you might be unaware of how you learn. To be successful, it's up to us as individuals to find our strengths and use them to our own advantage.
Instructors, on the other hand, have a double challenge. First, you have your own unique learning style and you will tend to teach in the same way you learn. Second, you must find and implement teaching methods that will reach the majority of your students. In short, you must be willing to present learning opportunities that would be uncomfortable for you as a learner.
Learning and teaching styles comprise a large segment of traditional academic instructor training. Variety is important. Thanks to technological advances in multimedia, we have more presentation methods readily available to us. However, that only helps with the delivery. We must professionally prepare the material to be delivered in the most effective way possible.
Adult learners are ready to get right to the core of the material. They tend to prefer a single concept that focuses heavily on the application of that concept. This tendency increases with age. Adults need to be able to integrate new ideas with what they already know. Adults have sought out their new learning experience as a means to change something about their life. And we all know what a life-changing experience massage therapy school can be! Making the best use of time and material is very important to the adult learner.
Each person is wired differently and what may seem comfortable to one person is not for another. Finding out what works for you can make your life more seamless. Let's say you're a global learner. You want the big picture first - the concept and the idea - then you fill in the details. You will have students who are linear learners with a strong need for order. You can address that need by presenting the material in an orderly and systemized fashion.
We can take in and assimilate more information if it comes to us in chunks. A chunk is one piece of the presentation that includes material that is alike or that fits together. It's the most common method of organization but often is ignored. For instance, if you are going to discuss the upper body, then "chunk" it into the arm, the shoulder, anterior neck, posterior neck, etc. For the instructor, this makes your planning and delivery a system that is easy to follow. For the student, this allows you to see the big picture, plus the details.
One of the biggest mistakes we can make as teachers is to present a lot of material in an unorganized fashion. Not only do you run the risk of the student not hearing you, if the brain is overcome by the information it is unable to assimilate and retain even simple concepts. It's not about how much material you present but how you present it.
A Helpful Rule of Thumb is the 5 +/- 2 Rule
The brain can take in an average of five new concepts per hour. If it's difficult material, then the "minus two" factor comes into play. So you can grasp about three new concepts. If the material is easy with no new ground-breaking concepts, then "add two" more concepts to the mix. So you could feasibly present seven new concepts in that hour. And by the way, remember the group advances at the rate of the slowest learner. This is especially important if you are working in a group dynamic. This rule helps the facilitator by providing a guide to make outlines, lesson plans and allot the appropriate time to each segment. For the student, this will allow you to organize your notes and study for exams.
There is no substitute for good principles. Here is a list I have found helpful and I refer to it periodically. I'd love to give the author credit for the list, but alas, I have no idea who wrote it.
12 Teaching Principles
You might want to keep this list handy as we will discuss these principles in future articles.
As you prepare to teach or to learn, the concepts we discussed today can serve as a foundation. Remember to vary your presentation methods to accommodate different learning styles. Preparation is your greatest ally for success. Organize your material in chunks. Plan to present according to the 5 +/- 2 Rule, and following good principles will always support your efforts.
Next month, the focus will be on writing learning objectives. Objectives make up the core of all education including writing programs for continuing education approval. I'll demystify them and show you how to write them with ease.
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