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Welcome to the Lipscomb Education Connection Blog!  Look here for new blog posts every Tuesday from various faculty in the College of Education.

Choosing Core Values

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Over the course of the last few years, the Lipscomb College of Education has identified a set of core values, and each time we revisit that list, we debate each word, phrase, and concept. Does what we say or do demonstrate this value? Does this concept describe our work with our students? Is this word better than another word? We talk, we think, we tinker until the list of values seems solid and satisfies us,...

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Dr. Jim Christman: Effective Leadership Education

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Dr. Jim Christman is no stranger to the ever-changing education profession. When he started with the College of Education at Lipscomb in 2011, he had 20 years of experience as an adjunct professor at a local university. Prior to that he had been a teacher, principal and education specialist for the state of Tennessee. Christman is currently working as an assistant professor in the graduate Educational Leadership program. More recently, he has been tirelessly working...

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Brandon Banes: A Passion for High Quality Math Education

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Over the next few weeks on the blog, we're going to introduce you to some of our "herd" here in the College of Education.  We want you to meet some of the people in our community and hear a little about their journeys in education. Talk to any one of Brandon Banes’ students and it’s practically a unanimous response, “You won’t be sorry if you take his class. He’ll help before or after class and...

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Innovation: An Essential Skill for the 21st Century

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By Hope Nordstrom A few years ago I was training to walk for my very first half marathon. I really looked forward to Saturday mornings because those days would be my “long walk” days. As I would head out of the house, it was always a hassle to gather all of my needed supplies—a water bottle (to keep hydrated), an energy bar (for that little boost I might need), my MP3 player (to listen to...

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Dr. Misty Ballew

Adaptability: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone!

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by Dr. Misty Vetter Molly was a 5th grader with autism who thrived on routine and predictability. In her elementary school, the cafeteria staff wore the same color shirt (i.e., red on Mondays, blue on Tuesdays, etc.) every day but Friday. On Friday, they got to wear whatever color they wanted to wear. This was very upsetting to Molly. After several difficult moments in the cafeteria on Fridays, her teacher allowed her to start visiting...

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