[Image: “Frankenstein” by Khánh Hmoong CC BY-NC 2.0] This semester is my third semester using OER (Open Education Resources) here at NMC to teach ENG 111, and I have also jumped in with OER for my ENG 112 course this fall. On ENG 111: I spent my first semester of OER usage compiling resources from a variety… Continue Reading From the OER Trenches: A post that’s both tardy and lengthy
Is it just me, or are students suffering more from stress this semester? In the first five weeks of school this year, I have sent four students to the counseling center. One student is sick on every test day, one student can’t talk himself into getting up and coming to class even though he is… Continue Reading Mental Health
The couple weeks prior to Professional Development Day I had the privilege to go out as a reporter for CIE and PDI to capture stories about how faculty and staff support student success. I would walk into each department on campus unannounced and seek out those willing to take part in a very exciting opportunity. What an… Continue Reading Student Success: My days as a Road Reporter
Three Amigos? I always like it when things work out. You know, you discover those students who “get it?” Subject matter clicks with personal soul condition. Mystery is entered into. Lives are in the process of being changed. Education, with all its beauty, wonderment, and weightiness is…happening. A confession. I was not classically trained.… Continue Reading Reimagining Three Amigos
In a word – YES! Who doesn’t like to have a moment of investigation and play? Where you can sit and observe, examine and play? Models are show-and-tell in the classroom. They provide us a quick hands-on tool to put theories to the test. Models allow us to question new concepts and for our brain… Continue Reading Are Models That Useful?