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Cross-Cultural Connections in the ESL Classroom: Forging Respect and Shattering Societal Barriers

Riley Diffenderfer

Empowering Learners


 The author responds to an earlier paper in this handbook, focused on transcending cross-cultural barriers in mentorship and teaching.

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Exploring the Idea of Unlearning: A quatrilogue, with invitation to participate

The threaded discussion below took place in October, 2010 (over email) at the initiative of one colleague seeking ideas from others. The focus began with the idea of challenging students' mental models and grew into a consideration of the question whether there is such a thing as unlearning (from the point of view of the brain, of human experience, and growth) and how the idea of unlearning signifies in various fields and endeavors.  In hopes of continuing and broadening participation in the conversation, we have moved it to Serendip and invite all interested to join.

From Alison, October 30:

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A Collaborative Outline for the Bi-Co Teaching Assistant (TA) Handbook

 Empowering Learners: Spring 2010

Field Group Project Part 4:

Sarah Choyke, Candace LaCrosse,

Linnea Segan, and Alexandra Funk


As the title suggests, this handbook is about teaching assistantship at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges.


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Three enduring questions/areas for focus/reverberation

 Aaron Weitz

Empowering Learners Final Project


This essay examines the concept of coping in education, the use of digital technologies in class, and the importance of diversity and how it is helpful in mentoring. 

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Exploring Boundaries: Fences, Not Walls

 David Harris


This paper takes on the idea of boundaries in education, and why they should be viewed as fences rather than walls.

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Fostering Student Learning through Creativity

 Mary Encabo


This essay looks at the importance of creativity in the process of learning.

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Teaching on a Triangle

A "geometrical" view on the three interrelated sources of teaching and learning: Inquiry, Mystery and Mastery.

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What is the Teaching and Learning Initiative at Bryn Mawr College?

A case study of a campus initiative to build relationships and dialogues about teaching and learning among faculty, staff and students (

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Titagya - Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program Partnership: Ideas, Field Notes, Linkages

This web page is designed as a place to collect and generate ideas, experiences, and connections useful to developing a partnership between the Titagya program to build preschools and kindergartens in Northern Ghana and the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program, at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. 

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