Category Archives: Professional Development

4-H Science Inquiry Videos

Are you looking for some new resources for 4-H STEM?  Check out these Science Inquiry videos from Oregon State University’s 4-H program: 4-H Science Inquiry Videos

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Good Principals Get Dirty on the Playground

Perhaps you have heard the analogy that the 4-H agent is like the principal of the school, and volunteers are the teachers.  Fair point.  Not a bad analogy.  However, the good principals take time to get dirty on the playground … Continue reading

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A Model for Leadership

“Leadership” is a fuzzy term to many, and quite possibly because it may manifest in many different ways. I find that many difficulties in teaching leadership to young people lie in the abstractedness of the concept. That’s why I was … Continue reading

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Penn State 4-H Teambuilding Facilitation Manual

Make some time this week to check out this great resource from Pennsylvania State 4-H:  Penn State 4-H Teambuilding Manual.  This might lend itself to a nice training for volunteers.  In particular I found the Comfort, Growth, and Panic Zone … Continue reading

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Professional Development in Your Office Through ACA

The American Camp Association offers some excellent professional development trainings (webinars, toolkits, full courses, etc.) online.  Many of these are asynchronous and can be completed at your convenience.  You do not have to be a member of ACA to take … Continue reading

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The Method to the Madness: Choosing the Appropriate Means to Educate

Asynchronous articulated powerpoint, Real-time webinar, in-person experiential learning…as technology has advanced so have the means in which we can transmit information and engage learners in educational activities.  In fact, the sheer volume of how we can “teach” is overwhelming. How … Continue reading

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Tuckman’s Model Revisited: NOW With Cool Activities!

It’s baaaaaaaaack! Just when you thought we were finished talking about forming-storming-norming-performing-and adjourning here we are again! Why? Because teams are important! …And also because I found this cool resource that shares specific activities to use depending upon which stage … Continue reading

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