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Welcoming and Supporting Students
During Office Hours

September 14, 2018 For many years, a major part of my staff role was supporting first-generation college students. Often, when I’d suggest students visit faculty during office hours, I would be greeted with a blank stare or sometimes even the air of panic. Research shows that relationships with advisors and other staff and faculty on campus is integral to student retention and success. Continue reading →

Are Effective Group Work Assignments Possible?

September 7, 2018 How often have you heard things like: “Oh no, not another group assignment!” from students? Or from faculty, “Why don’t group projects go the way I intend?” We know that valuable transferable job skills are learned during group work and students can learn from each other and develop the skills they need to practice. Planning ahead and getting the groups functioning well over the span of a longer assignment is the key to success. Continue reading →

Facilitating Classroom Discussions

August 31, 2018 This summer, I revisited the excellent book Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms by Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill. I’d like to share some key ideas from their text (and encourage you to check out the book from the Bailey/Howe collections). Continue reading →

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