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Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common goal. Consider the following story from the play, "Some Folks Feel the Rain; Others Just Get Wet" the next time you think about teamwork.

A man was lost while driving through the country. As he tried to reach for the map, he accidently drove off the road into a ditch. Though he wasn't injured, his car was stuck deep in the mud. So the man walked to a nearby farm to ask for help."

Warwick can get you out of that ditch," said the farmer, pointing to an old mule standing in a field. The man looked at the old mule and at the farmer who just stood there repeating, "Yep old Warwick can do the job." The man figured he had nothing to lose.

The two men and the mule made their way back to the ditch. The farmer hitched the mule to the car. With a snap of the reins, he shouted, "Pull Fred! Pull Jack! Pull Ted! Pull Warwick!" And the mule pulled the car right out of the ditch.

The man was amazed. He thanked the farmer, patted the mule, and asked,"Why did you call all of those other names before calling Warwick?"

The farmer grinned and said, "Old Warwick is just about blind. As long as he thinks he's part of a team, he will keep pulling."

 

Written by Mike Pickles
NTEP Instructor
Nunavut Teacher Education Program
Rankin Inlet

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At the close of the second week of the fall semester, students in Pre-Trades and NTEP Foundations in Hall Beach gathered with friends and family for a social.

The afternoon-evening program consisted of small discussions about the courses. The emphasis highlighted the role of friends and family in supporting those enrolled, that the 2011-2012 school year will require work, effort, and understanding not only from the students, but, significantly, from their families as wel -- that in many ways, it is a group effort. In between discussions, those in attendance, including Bishop Reynald Rouleau, enjoyed snacks, games and prizes for the children, or for the more competitive adults, as the situation developed.

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I once read a story of a Southwest Airline flight attendant who announced over the PA system; "Today we have a gentleman on board who's celebrating his 99th birthday and this is the first time he has ever flown. She added,"So on your way out, stop by the cockpit and wish him a happy birthday."

Laughter is an emotional trigger that can sweep away negative thoughts. It can positively change your endorphins, your brain chemistry and your immune system. The World Health Organization has labelled stress a world wide epidemic. Laugh out loud and laugh often. It will keep you happy and healthy.

Written by Mike Pickles
NTEP Instructor
Nunavut Teacher Education Program
Rankin Inlet

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On September 8th, get involved and take the International Literacy Day Challenge. This year’s challenge focuses on literacy and essential skills for everyone, everywhere.

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Student Orientation Week in Rankin Inlet began last week with a series of workshops, presentations and fun activities welcoming new and returning students to both Kivalliq Hall and the Nunavut Trades Training Centre.

On Saturday, September 3, 2011, Kivalliq Campus students celebrated student orientation week in Rankin Inlet with a scavenger hunt that saw them running from one end of the town to the other.

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Students at Arctic College's Kivalliq Campus in Rankin Inlet kicked-off the new school year with their annual campus photo. To all our students, welcome to the 2011-2012 academic year.

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A boy was talking with his grandfather. "What do you think about the world situation?" he asked. The grandfather replied, "I feel like wolves are fighting in my heart. One is full of anger and hatred; the other is full of love and forgiveness." "Which one will win?" asked the boy. To which the grandfather replied, "The one I feed." (author unknown)

In Dr. Norman Vincent Peale's best selling book The Power of Positive Thinking, he often states that you become what you think about. If you think of negative thoughts, you'll get negative results; if you choose to think of positive thoughts, you'll get positive results. Which thought will you feed? 

Mike Pickles
NTEP Instructor
Nunavut Teacher Education Program
Rankin Inlet

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Local and out-of-town students gathered for a meet and greet for the first day of student orientation at the Kitikmeot Campus in Cambridge Bay. Instructors, staff and students got to introduce themselves, where they came from and what courses or programs they will be taking for the fall of 2011.

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