Getting to Know Your Students in a Virtual Environment

In my last post, I wrote about active learning and engagement in a virtual environment. We know that active learning is how students make meaning with new material. It’s the act of trying to make sense of what they are learning–connecting it to what they already know, discussing it with classmates to broaden their understanding… Continue reading Getting to Know Your Students in a Virtual Environment

Supplemental Instruction (SI) in Virtual Environments

Supplemental Instruction is an internationally recognized model of peer-led academic support, most often paired with STEM courses that a) are approved for general education credit, b) have historically high DFWI rates, and/or c) are gateways to a major. The focus of SI is on high-risk courses as opposed to high-risk students, cementing the idea that… Continue reading Supplemental Instruction (SI) in Virtual Environments

Providing Access and Equity in Online Learning Environments

We made it through our Covid 19 winter semester relatively unscathed in the Holman Success Center.  I believe this is due in large part to the fact that many of the strategies we have adopted as best practices for ensuring access and equity for all students in face-to-face classrooms, tutoring sessions, and other support services… Continue reading Providing Access and Equity in Online Learning Environments

Motivation Monday: “October” by Robert Frost

Welcome the first day of October with a poem from Robert Frost: October by Robert Frost O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all. The crows above the forest call; Tomorrow they may form and go. O hushed October morning mild,… Continue reading Motivation Monday: “October” by Robert Frost

Wellness Wednesday: 5 Easy Ways to Incorporate More Greens in your Diet

The on the go lifestyle of college students does not lend itself to a healthy diet. While grab-and-go meals are quick, they often have very little nutritional value. Incorporating more vegetables into your meals will keep you full and healthy. Green veggies are perhaps some of the most healthy vegetables out there. Try these tips… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: 5 Easy Ways to Incorporate More Greens in your Diet

Motivation Monday: John Keats, “To Autumn”

Give this poem by John Keats a read to celebrate the start of autumn. Keats was an English Romantic poet, meaning he held a great amount of reverence for the natural world. If you would like to read the poem with a poetry guide, read it on the Poetry Foundation’s website. To Autumn by John Keats… Continue reading Motivation Monday: John Keats, “To Autumn”

Summer Reading Recommendation: Tayari Jones’s “An American Marriage”

Tayari Jones’s novel An American Marriage follows the relationship between Roy and Celestial Hamilton. The themes in the novel, race, socioeconomic status, and the criminal justice system, are understood through a love story. This novel is important. It tells a story that is truly American and yet largely ignored. Jones empathetically breaks down our collective ideas… Continue reading Summer Reading Recommendation: Tayari Jones’s “An American Marriage”

Summer Reading Recommendation: Robert A. Johnson’s “Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche”

Robert A. Johnson’s slim book, “Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche” is packed with insight into human nature. This non-fiction book takes a look at the dark side of our personalities. Johnson argues that human beings only display the most socialized, average parts of themselves. Everything else, both the best… Continue reading Summer Reading Recommendation: Robert A. Johnson’s “Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche”