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The Importance of Creating Peer Networks in Developmental Education

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,…

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Classroom Community: A Glimpse Into One of My Favorite Spaces

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…

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Priming the Brain with Anticipation Guides in IRW Practice

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…

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We’re More Alike Than You Know

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…

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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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