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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.

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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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Collaboration: An Essential Skill for the 21st Century (Part 2)

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by Nina Morel For years, a lot has been written in business and education literature about the need to collaborate. Just one search on Google will bring up more than 90 million references to collaboration. Why then, is true collaboration so elusive in classrooms, teacher workrooms, and corporate boardrooms? I believe this is because true collaboration is difficult, and often does not come without intention and hard work. In order to collaborate successfully, teams need...

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Collaboration: An Essential Skill for the 21st Century

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by Nina Morel A number of years ago, I met Kum Fong, a teacher who was visiting from Singapore to study and share her research on teacher collaboration.  At the time, I was working to develop collaborative professional learning practices in the school district where I worked, and I asked her to comment on her impressions of American teachers and collaborative practices.  Without hesitation, she answered: “Teachers are so lonely here.” This comment resonated with...

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Global Citizenship: Essential Skills for the 21st Century

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As a child piled up in the backseat of a car while my parents drove us from Tennessee to Texas and back, the smell of fresh coffee from the front seat always signaled a new trip, a new adventure, and new experiences. Always ready to go, I’m now the one with the coffee in hand as I start a trip, regardless of its length! I’ve realized that part of my love of coffee is how...

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