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OMG Where Did My Essay Go: Why Digital Literacy is Crucial in Developmental English

By Jessie Lovett Allen A student gripping a laptop approached me in a panic because she had accidentally deleted her essay file. I said, “Did you bring your laptop to the tech support office?” Of course I’d given students tech support contact information. Heck, the h
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The Language of Dis-/Connection

by Phip Ross Two observations from the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper in the past seven days make me want to be alert to how language is used to label and narrow our understanding of one another. Tell me what you think. Last week in the advice column by Amy Dickinson—I do read
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Creative Inspiration from NDEC 2017 Conference

This quarter I went full throttle and just made every activity a c
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All Hands on Deck

A new calendar year flips and most feel a sense of time passing. We imagine a “clean slate” and start to take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going as individuals and in the groups of people we are invested with. Then, maybe, we set our sights on peaks we’ve yet to
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The Tyranny of Textbooks: The Need for Systemic Change in Student-Facing Resources at Community Colleges

By Jeremy Broyles Introduction I have taught at the college level now for more than a decade. That number still seems a bit surreal; surely I am not that old. During those ten-plus years, I have had the opportunity to teach all over the country at various institutions. I have taug
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Taking Aim at Stereotype Threat

Greg walked into his class and felt dread, eyes upon him, and felt stupid before he even sat down. During class, the teacher roamed the room to answer questions. Greg, however, felt ignored and alone. He was the only African American in a first-year course at SCC. As the quarter progr
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Desirable Difficulty: Making It Hard on Purpose (Sometimes)

This academic year, I’ve been taking courses at Landmark College (VT), a four-year institution that admits only students who are neuro-diverse or students who, at my institution, would have accommodations. The current two-month course on student engagement, self-regulation, and moti
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Practical Strategies for Supporting the English Language Learner

The first class I ever taught was a developmental English class. I didn’t do a very good job with it. I was a first-semester graduate student in my early 20s, filled with big ideas about philosophy and literary theory, and those topics probably made it into my class inappropriately
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Keeping it Real: Readings for Developmental English

On August 19th, a handful of developmental English instructors at SCC sat around a table and talked books. One was Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Another was Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. We discussed possible
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