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A Tale of Two Conferences

Posted by Debby on 25th July in Cultivating Communities

There are as many ways to approach education as there are children in school I suppose. Everyone has their opinion on what is best for the kids. In the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to experience an extreme contrast in philosophy first hand. I attended a very large, international education conference in San […]

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STEMinist Profile

Posted by Debby on 24th April in Cultivating Communities

Gotta admit, it was sort of cool to be profiled on the STEMinist site 🙂 The funny thing is that I didn’t realize the interview had published until I read about it today in the Post University newsletter that gets sent out every couple of weeks. How they picked it up, I have no idea! […]

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Nothing is impossible!

Posted by Debby on 21st January in Cultivating Communities

Community is a powerful resource, be it for learning adventures or barn moving! As the article said “The reason most people think that something cannot be done is because they know that they can’t do it by themselves.” News report from Bruno, NE — In 1981, Herman Ostry and his wife, Donna, bought a farm a half […]

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Time to move on…

Posted by Debby on 13th January in Cultivating Communities

I’ve been pondering for a while about how to write this post. There are people that know, and people that probably suspect, and other people that are going to find out when school starts on Tuesday and they drop by my office and wonder what in the world happened. I’ve had former and future students […]

To snack or not to snack…

Posted by Debby on 5th December in Cultivating Communities

A Sacramento State University professor has been requiring his students to bring snacks to class for nearly 30 years. If they forget, he skips class and they miss out on instruction for the day. It isn’t because he is hungry. It’s because he makes the observation that students who are more connected to each other […]

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Lack of meaning

Posted by Debby on 7th November in Cultivating Communities

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What are the pros and cons of having teachers use Facebook with students?

Posted by Debby on 15th December in Cultivating Communities

In October, a Pepperdine colleague of mine asked this question via Facebook Questions. There were several responses, including one that said her “general opinion about students and teachers being friends on Facebook is pretty similar to my opinion about students and teachers sleeping together: not if you’re currently in his/her class or if you plan […]

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informal mentoring moment

Posted by Debby on 22nd February in Cultivating Communities

I received this email on Facebook out of the blue the other day. It was from someone I met through networking on Twitter and then connected with on Facebook. A few months ago, I had sent out a crowdsourcing plea for help with a Java outline. A professor from Sierra College had responded and we […]

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