Author Archives: Michael Mellen

My Top 4 Recent YA Reading






                         Here are four that I’ve really enjoyed – 1, 3, and 4 are single books.  2 is a series. 1) Divergent by Veronica Roth:  I just finished Divergent.  Totally captivated.  It … Continue reading

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20 Really Good Books for Youth Workers – A Mix






What links all the books below together?  Each of the books below in some way changed how I understood my work or life in a fundamental way, provided an invaluable skill, tool, or piece of knowledge, or proved to be … Continue reading

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An Invitation to Read and Discuss “A Faith of Their Own”






Interested in learning more about adolescent faith development in the USA?  This new book from the National Study of Youth and Religion, promises to provide a insight based on a three year study following teenagers to investigate development of faith … Continue reading

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Looking for Somewhere to Go for Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur in NYC?






Looking for somewhere to go for High Holy Days 2011/5772? Here are some ideas, suggestions, etc. for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.  Some include meals, break fast, programs, and more along with service: Please, note that the information below is … Continue reading

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Two Powerful Ideas I Learned My First Year as Staff at Camp






Do you remember your first summer as camp staff?  Your first staff week?  The interview with the assistant director or director of camp? Was Summer 2011 your first summer on staff?  I remember that first summer, much of staff week, and meeting … Continue reading

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Three More Really Good Experiential Education Ideas






Yep…  Three more: 1) Experience + Learner = Experiential Learning.  Without an educator who can provide focused reflection, the learner can learn, but the experience will rarely truly be experiential education.  Therefore… 2) Experience + Learner + Educator = Experiential … Continue reading

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Yes, There is a Right Kind of Praise






I’m obsessed.  Kind of crazy to think that there’s a right kind of praise, especially when I consider that I prefer non-judgmental language ala How To Talk So Kids Can Learn and that I tend to push against “right” and … Continue reading

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Three Really Good Experiential Education Ideas






In no particular order… Number One: Experience+Process+Understanding+Application=Experiential Learning. IN OTHER WORDS Experience without processing and reflection is just experience, not experiential education. In order for experience to become more than just a moment in time, we must go through a process … Continue reading

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Same Sex Ketubot – A List






I have not evaluated or used the following sites/stores, except as indicated below.  The list just aims to provide links to a number of places where same-sex ketubot are available. As you look through the sites below, some explicitly have … Continue reading

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The Most Important Idea Related to Youth Work in Ten Years






Growth Mindset (as opposed to fixed mindset) is a simple, but world changing idea for anyone involved with youthwork.  The reality is that it’s no less applicable to the world of sports, business, family, relationships, love, religion, or counseling.  The … Continue reading

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