Category Archives: Professional Development

Connected… But Alone

Please enjoy this special edition to the blog by Marnie Ward, Citrus County 4-H Extension Agent! CONNECTED, BUT ALONE. Ted Talk by Sherry Turkle  (https://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together ) Are you Posting??Tweeting??Hashtagging??Tagging?? – forget about Kevin Bacon and 6 Degrees of Freedom.  We … Continue reading

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COOL PODCAST ALERT: Blue Ribbons and Boots

Spending a lot of time in the car means I get to spend a lot of time listening to podcasts.  The latest one I’ve stumbled upon is called Blue Ribbons and Boots.  Blue Ribbons and Boots is self-described as a podcast … Continue reading

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Learning to Learn… How?

“Learning to Learn,” is one of the life skills identified on 4-H’s Targeting Life Skills Wheel.  It makes sense to include it as an identified skill we want youth to develop.  How else does a person “get by” in this … Continue reading

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Just Tell Me How to Be a “Good” Agent

“Just tell me how to be a good agent, and I’ll do it!” I said that in a moment of frustration during my interview with our then State 4-H Leader when I applied for my first 4-H agent position.  You … Continue reading

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EdTechLn: For the Tech Savvy and Tech Phobic

JCEP was last week and it was there that I learned about a site that I’m pretty sure is going to change my life. I’m pretty sure it’s going to change yours too. The Extension Educational Technology Learning Network is … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Motivation: Gorilla Style

Recently I’ve found myself reflecting on the comments shared by our former colleagues during the retiree panel on the final day of YDI.  It’s interesting that some of the problems our earlier counterparts were facing 20 plus years ago are some … Continue reading

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How to Take a Break

I have a real problem (ok, maybe more than one) and I’m not proud of it. It is INCREDIBLY hard for me to unwind/separate myself from work.  A day off to me rarely seems like a day off.  Rather, it … Continue reading

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Absence Makes the Head to Wonder

“I haven’t seen my 4-H Agent at the Fair this week.  I’m pretty certain he does absolutely nothing!” I’m not quite sure what it is in human nature that makes us think the worst of others sometimes.   Whether it’s clients … Continue reading

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Reflection Activities You Can Use Right NOW

Kolb’s Experiential Learning Model, used by 4-H, allows learners to construct their knowledge by reflecting on activities and then determining how to apply them in their lives.  With this being said, reflection isn’t just important, it’s critical.  An activity without … Continue reading

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Do You MORC?

“What is this MORC you speak of?” National 4-H Council’s Marketing Online Resource Center (MORC) is a treasure trove of marketing toolkits, training, and tools.  Check it out at:  http://4-h.org/professionals/marketing-resources/ It is through this site that you can gain access to … Continue reading

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