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“Use Heads Up” Questions

Student Engagement Aids Text Comprehension. Try this “Heads-up Questions” Strategy. How many different ways have you tried to prepare students for the class activities?  How do you get students to participate in discussions and not always have the same students volunteering?  Here’s a strategy from Patricia Dunn called “Heads up Questions.”  Dunn sets the stage by… Continue Reading “Use Heads Up” Questions

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Questioning Strategies to Encourage Student Engagement

Creating a purpose for reading or viewing focuses students’ attention on important concepts in the text or recorded lectures instructors use to guide them.  As academics, instructors readily pull information from sources with confidence while students may not share that same expertise or motivational level.  Reading texts in the content areas actually requires strategies that… Continue Reading Questioning Strategies to Encourage Student Engagement

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Communicating with Students

Establish a Communication Policy What better time than now to communicate expectations with students regarding turn-around time on phone calls, emails and graded assignments?  Do you have a communication policy in your syllabus and possibly posted in your course shell?  Take a look at this sample “Communication Policy” and see if part or all of… Continue Reading Communicating with Students

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Learning Communities Kick-off

Check out the LC@NMC communities during the NMC Fall Conference.  Members will be present during the lunch hour and also at the end of the day.  Create new communities or join those that are starting (link for descriptions).  Opportunities are endless. Groups determine their own focus and time commitment.  Applicable to FEP requirements.  Contact Kay… Continue Reading Learning Communities Kick-off

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Join an LC@NMC

Take advantage of the benefits a learning community provides: collective inquiry, supportive environment, increase your pedgogical practice and group synergy.  Working in a community, your group can explore an area of interest and decide which direction to go and how often to meet.  You may even want to consider using a project for your Faculty… Continue Reading Join an LC@NMC

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