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What’s New at NDEC?

As our 2018 conference approaches, there are several exciting changes to take note of. First, our website has a new look! Take a moment to peruse the site and soak up the new aesthetics. We hope you’ll find the update more visually appealing and easy to navigate. When you visit the site, you’ll see there…

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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 this on occasion…

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Creative Inspiration from NDEC 2017 Conference

This quarter I went full throttle and just made every activity a collaborative or visual project. (That’s full throttle for me, anyway.) Maybe my colleagues have seen some of the things my students have done on the classroom walls? I usually don’t implement so many projects into my courses, so I’m curious as to what…

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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 climb.…

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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 progressed and students tested out,…

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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 motivation has just begun. The instructors are on staff at the college through its Landmark College…

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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 from time to time. My training—a…

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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 assignments and topics for class discussion in our developmental classes if…

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