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Access to Everything

I was privileged to receive some insight into the mind of young people last week. I have since had time to really think about and consider how many of us may categorize them. This insight is the fact that young people today have access to every bit of knowledge in the known world. From microscopic… Continue Reading Access to Everything

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I Love Group Work

I love group work. Students hate it–until they see what it CAN be. I found students to be so “allergic” to group work that I avoided it in my first years at NMC because students simply don’t want their grades negatively impacted by their peers. One of the things employers are most alarmed about is… Continue Reading I Love Group Work

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Is success because of grit, luck, preparation, support, or all of the above?

All of the above I believe, and in all areas of life.  Without the above, I’d still be sitting home or in the Grand Rapids airport, wondering what next.  Instead, I made it to my flight on time for a conference presentation–despite Murphy’s Law appearing this morning (as it often does for our students).  In… Continue Reading Is success because of grit, luck, preparation, support, or all of the above?

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Three takeaways from requirements and resources to promote persistence

Teaching in higher ed, there are many times when we add requirements or resources to our class, only to wonder later if they are beneficial to the students.  Below are some conversations with a freshman that echo my experiences with students over the last few years as they adjust to college expectations. On leaving room… Continue Reading Three takeaways from requirements and resources to promote persistence

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