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Patty Kleban

Patty Kleban is an instructor at Penn State, mother of three and a community volunteer. She is a Penn State Alumna. Readers of State College Magazine voted her Best Writer of 2010 and 2012. She and her family live in Patton Township. Her views and opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Penn State.

Articles by Patty Kleban

A Teachable Moment: Sometimes Anger is the Answer
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A Teachable Moment: Sometimes Anger is the Answer
71 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It’s happened only twice in 20 years. Volume, finger pointing and I’m done with this interaction. People in the offices around us could hear it. I’m angry because you aren’t taking responsibility for your actions or your decisions. [Read More]
Women in Combat: What it Means to Women and Men in the Trenches
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Women in Combat: What it Means to Women and Men in the Trenches
71 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
I have seen plenty of women who are already serving in our Armed Forces. I’ve seen reports of and met women who were injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. What have they been doing if it’s not combat? [Read More]
Why Everyone Should Work in a Restaurant: Teaching a Positive Experience
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Why Everyone Should Work in a Restaurant: Teaching a Positive Experience
73 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
It has been my theory since I was about 15 years old that everyone should be mandated to work in the restaurant business at some point in their lives. Restaurant work, like no other, exemplifies the direct relationship between being friendly and nice to getting a positive response in return. [Read More]
The NCAA Legal Suit Chess Match
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The NCAA Legal Suit Chess Match
73 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Last week we saw legal maneuvering over the $60 million fines that are part of the sanctions against Penn State related to the Sandusky scandal. [Read More]
Patty Kleban: California Dreaming
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Patty Kleban: California Dreaming
75 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
If it’s not happening here, does that somehow allow us to turn down the volume on the importance or of our need to take action? Does our increasing globalization and awareness of the experiences of others make us more or less in tune with what happens outside of our own bubble? [Read More]
Patty Kleban: Come on Kathleen Kane
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Patty Kleban: Come on Kathleen Kane
76 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The report may not change the minds of the haters, but your reasoned and thoughtful approach provides an example of what most of us would hope to do if we believed that someone in our family had been wronged, Patty Kleban writes. [Read More]
Patty Kleban: Sports for People with Disabilities
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Patty Kleban: Sports for People with Disabilities
78 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
We’ve come a long way with civil rights for people – and kids – with disabilities but we still have a long way to go. This is another step in the right direction, Patty Kleban writes. [Read More]
Patty Kleban: I Cannot Tell a Lie
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Patty Kleban: I Cannot Tell a Lie
79 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The research on lying is fascinating. In a nutshell, everyone does it, but the level at which we lie, the circumstances for the deception and the motivation for not telling the truth says a lot about who we are, Patty Kleban writes. [Read More]
Patty Kleban: The Disenfranchised Kid
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Patty Kleban: The Disenfranchised Kid
80 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
To get at the heart of the matter in school shootings, we need to change that which is creating this culture of adolescent isolation. How do we unring this bell? [Read More]
Patty Kleban: Student Rating of Teacher Effectiveness
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Patty Kleban: Student Rating of Teacher Effectiveness
81 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
Penn State, like most universities, has a system in which instructors are evaluated by the students in their classes. In the last two weeks of each semester, students are encouraged to offer feedback via a survey-type rating scale as well as through narrative comments, affectionately called the SRTE [Read More]
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