Making Marks: Building Relationships Through Annotation Checks 

October 12, 2021

  Cheney Luttich Being tasked with teaching annotations has been a learning curve.  As a result of SCC’s Dev. English Department’s focus on integrated reading and writing, this write-leaning instructor learned (or continues to learn) how writing and reading are inextricably linked.  Annotations are key to navigating both.  I’ve also learned that what is instinctual to me is…

Correcting the Curmudgeon in My Course Information Document

September 28, 2021

  Brenda Jo Sanchez   With some diligence and prodding, I went from an instructor who came off as being a curmudgeon, to a much more friendly and inviting instructor. One that you might enjoy a class with and learn something. Beginning two years ago, I worked with a group of colleagues to learn more…

The Work of Teaching Now Deserves Celebration

May 27, 2021

Photo credit: Kevin Abourezk   Phip Ross It’s graduation time for many students. Not for most, of course. Many are turning full attention to making money between terms. Or taking stock of where they are and what they will have to do next. Or questioning themselves. I haven’t been to many SCC graduations, but I…

Without Change, Education is History Repeating

January 25, 2021

Phip Ross Her father was dying of cancer spring semester. She took him to many chemo appointments. He died in March. Her brother killed himself at home over the recent winter break. She has failed a number of courses, passed a couple, the last year and a half. She works part-time in a fast-food restaurant.…

Who Even Are These People?

October 3, 2020

Cheney Luttich Who even are these people? That’s what I think every now and then when walking through the halls of the community college.  Last semester, you would have seen me saying hello to students by name and stopping to engage in conversation.  Those moments made me happy.  But now, I’m walking through the hall…

No Time for Crickets, NDEC Conference is Here

September 16, 2020

Phip Ross It’s been crickets in the blog here and the season for crickets and critters trying to get inside is upon us as the season cools. We are too busy to chase crickets. As I sit in my chair within earshot of my granddaughter playing in the backyard with neighbor girls, I am reflecting…

Are you there, it’s me: Teacher-Student Texting Mid-Semester

April 13, 2020

Phip Ross Below is a copy of a text conversation I had last night, as I write this. This student had dropped out last semester of my class. She works three jobs and is a non-native speaker living at home. We had planned to meet via Zoom earlier in the day—at noon, she requested, but…

Principle 1: How Do We Value Our Students?

February 4, 2020

By Phip Ross From the Council on Basic Writing Blog “Towards a Position Statement on Basic Writing,” our NDEC folks began to explore the meaning of the five principles shared here at our October 2019 conference in Lincoln. In small groups we discussed the implications of these principles and imagined how we might revise them…

A Culture of Hope

November 17, 2019

By Cheney Luttich I arrived home late last night feeling heavy. My husband greeted me at the door, took my bags, and served me dinner while I sprawled out on the sofa, exhausted. After asking me how my day went, I told him midterm conferences were a wrap. He looked at me knowingly because he…

Trauma-Informed Teaching

November 3, 2019

By Shelley Stoltenberg If you attended the Nebraska Developmental Education Consortium Conference this fall, you heard my presentation during lunch. Thank you to all who visited with me after the presentation and expressed your interest in this topic. Let’s keep the conversation going by reviewing some of the highlights here. Trauma-Informed Teaching is about working…

The Importance of Creating Peer Networks in Developmental Education

October 20, 2019

By Dr. Carolee Ritter A quick virtual show of hands—how many of you, when you were young, aspired to be teachers when you grew up? How many of you aspired to teach students who are underprepared or struggle academically? How many aspired to teach struggling or underprepared students at a community college? The developmental educator,…

Classroom Community: A Glimpse Into One of My Favorite Spaces

July 30, 2019

By Kate Leonard-Barr Think of your list of favorites. A brief, but not exhaustive, list of my favorites would include good coffee (that’s on yours too, isn’t it?!), hydrangeas, quirky music, hiking and skiing, creating just about anything – you get the idea. I also feel fortunate that teaching and learning remain steadfastly on my…