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When you can’t hear the phonemes

There is a part of me that has always hated the term learning disabilities. It is a weird label to hang on a child because they don’t perform as expected in our education system as their intelligence level would indicate in the areas of verbal and non-verbal information. We emphasis reading, writing and arithmetic. We don’t emphasis art or music. We don’t tell a student who is tone-deaf or sings off-key that they have a learning disability. We don’t tell […]

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Textbook Reading: You’re doing it wrong!

Reading to Learn Active reading is a planned, deliberate set of strategies to engage with text-based materials with the purpose of increasing your understanding. This is a key skill you need to master for college. Along with listening, it is the primary method for absorbing new ideas and information in college. But active reading also applies to and facilitates the other steps of the learning cycle; it is critical for preparing, capturing, and reviewing, too. In college, most professors do […]

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WIIFM – Apprentice Exam Prep Workshop

As I mentioned in an early post, I don’t teach – at least not in the way you may think. I do not have a course that I teach to one group of student over a semester. In some ways, what I do is much harder in that I have workshops that I present to classes. I have to quickly establish both my authority to be at the front of the room and the benefit to the students of giving […]

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Cornell Notes with TEDTalk

As I move through the Teacher for Learning Module. I find things I know but have not thought about. Cornell Notetaking is a good example of that. For the Extend Activity, I choose a TEDTalk by Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) who speaks on leadership. One of the thoughts I encountered during this activity is that my notes will and should look different from anyone else’s. Notetaking should be a unique and personal activity as you process the information and write down […]

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Misunderstood – Scanning your text before reading

Workshops and discussions of study skills and learning strategies is one area of my practice as a Retention Coordinator. Reading at the college level, particularly reading textbooks comes up in discussions with students often. Many students do not understand how to read a textbook effectively. I like to introduce a simple three-step strategy of scan, read with a purpose and review. Scanning your textbook refers to swiftly reviewing the chapter by skimming the introduction, flipping through the pages to see […]

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