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…

Priming the Brain with Anticipation Guides in IRW Practice

July 16, 2019

By Lois Todd-Meyer These are a few thoughts I wanted to share after reading the article The Fall, and Rise, of Reading: Students often don’t complete assigned reading. Professors are finding ways to solve that puzzle, by Steven Johnson. My sense is that pre-teaching is becoming more important in helping to establish an authentic purpose in the minds…

Communities of Practice: A Room for Ourselves

May 22, 2019

Graphic illustration by Nitya Wakhlu, produced at the Experience Engagement conference in October 2015. A reflection of NADE 2019 by contributor Phip Ross When we started our shift to a dynamic* sequence of developmental English pedagogy and structure in 2014, I started using the phrase community of practice (CoP) during our meetings. While my use…

We’re More Alike Than You Know

March 30, 2019

by Kristi Leibhart I’ve been teaching developmental or foundational English classes in both reading and writing at NPCC for the past five years and it just occurred to me: I, too, was once a developmental student. Yes, I’m qualified to teach these students. They are in good hands. I’m well-qualified. I spent my entire life…

Creating Authentic Bonds Between Speaker and Listener by Mary Birdsall

February 22, 2019

Recently I read an article that discussed how to ask better questions, particularly when establishing relationships. The author, Lila MacLellan, cited research by Harvard professors Alison Wood Brooks and Leslie John that emphasized the importance of asking follow-up questions. I gave this a try today as I met my first two classes of our summer…

Teachers as Writers: Earned Expertise

December 17, 2018

by Phip Ross I get the honor of talking with teachers about their practice fairly regularly. I could say it’s part of my job, but it’s really not how I think of the work. The way each of us go about cracking that nut which is effective practice is pretty fascinating and every classroom context…