During the 2017-2018 school year, ACE Tutoring and Quiet Study received over 35,000 visits to its location in the lower level of the West Dining Center. Meaning, ACE is an extremely popular academic resource for students who have questions about course material or who want the opportunity to review material with a tutor that has already successfully completed the class. Tutoring is peer-led, appointments are not necessary, and students can visit the center as often as they like. As instructors and staff at NDSU, you may want to note that students who used ACE services in fall 2017 had numerically higher term grade point averages (GPA) (3.10) than students who did not (2.97). Continue reading “The ACE Advantage”
“I feel lost in this class.” “Everyone else knows what is going on when I do not.” “My high school didn’t offer advanced placement courses, so I feel like other students are ahead.”
I hear statements like these all the time from students I assist.
Continue reading “Frustrations of First Generation Students”
To a non-faculty member like me, SCALE-UP kind of sounds like a creepy way an amphibious creature would get to the top of a building. Knowing that is probably not the case, I dug deep and found that SCALE-UP is
actually Continue reading “What is? SCALE-UP”
Let’s go fly a kite.
This is a short post. Know why? It’s the end of the semester and I’m doing the unthinkable. The unspeakable. It’s practically taboo in academia. What is this complete insanity? Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – Avoiding workplace burnout: the essential tool”
Spring has sprung. My spring fever for spring cleaning is in full swing. I have a strong urge to spruce up my class. Revisions – yes! Bring it on! I’ve learned oodles in Gateways-ND, and I’m itching to apply my new knowledge to help students, improve course outcomes, and inspire young people to become lifelong learners so they can expand their minds, achieve world peace, save the planet, and live long and prosper (triumphant fist pump)! I rub my hands together and stare at my files. Hmmm….I have LOTS of files…and documents…and assignments…and assessments…and……………………. Continue reading “THE TRANSFORMED TEACHER – How to Make a Mountain into a Molehill”
How do you keep the fires burning after teaching the same course for 30 years? Especially when it is a gateway course that often has 300 students? I used to be able to memorize the names of 300 students – when I was a young plum. The material was fresh back then. The students were close to my own age, and we could talk about lives that had many things in common. Continue reading “Keeping It Fresh, the Grizzled Way”