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Editorial Welcome
Developmental Students
Technology Reconsidered
Beautiful Architecture
Help This Student
Concentration Environment
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Welcome to the December 2005 issue of the Learning Center Newsletter!

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Editorial Welcome

By Mona Pelkey

Happy Holidays!
The academic term is over-or nearly so-and I feel as though I have been running two steps in front of the avalanche for the past couple of weeks, and the big snowball has at last overtaken me! The advent of winter break is a welcome respite from the desperate final flurry of exam preparation and project completions. It is with the flutter of anticipation, a tinge of sadness, and a sigh of relief that I witness the mass winter break exodus of our students, rolling luggage in tow...
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In the Spotlight: Strategies for Working with Developmental Students: Put it in a Letter

By Linda Sweeney, National-Louis University

Understanding Millennials: Technology Reconsidered

By Julianne Scibetta, University at Albany


I had to start reconsidering my personal philosophy about new technologies when one of my professors said, "The iPod is a great solution for us downsizing empty-nesters, to be able to put all of our CDs on one portable contraption."

Or maybe it was when I read about a new virtual tutor...
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Though some of us have taught developmental studies for years and others work with students who have problems academically, we do not always remember that the populations we handle are special. However, as Patricia Bizzell (1986) has pointed...
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Beautiful Architecture: Organizing Ideas in Writing

By Kyle Cushman, Vermont College of Union Institute and University

A beautifully designed building is a wonder to behold. Every part adds to the whole, each detail is in the right place and the design leads the eye along a logical sequence of lines, angles, curves, materials and colors. Well-constructed writing shares these traits. Through a conscious design process, experienced writers ensure that each idea contributes to the overall meaning, ideas flow in a logical sequence, each detail is in the right place, and effective transitions provide stepping stones between ideas...
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How Would You Help This Student?-A Collaborative Best Practices Feature

By Mona Pelkey, United States Military Academy, West Point

Creating a Concentration Environment

By Dennis Congos, University of Central Florida

"How Would You Help This Student?" is a feature which presents a case study of a student who needs assistance, and asks our readers to share their suggestions for strategies to help this student.

This month's case study:...
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Concentration is an outcome, a by-product, a result of a series of activities and behaviors totally under the control of each individual student. The students must create an environment where concentration can take place...
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Compiled by Julianne Scibetta, University at Albany

Here are some entertaining brain twisters and teasers for all of you out there who need a holiday break.

  1. Three people check into a hotel. They pay $30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager suddenly remembers that the room rate is $25 and gives $5 to the bellboy to return to the people. On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that $5 would be difficult to share among three people so he pockets $2 and gives $1 to each person. Now each person paid $10 and got back $1. So they paid $9 each, totaling $27. The bellboy has $2, totaling $29. Where is the missing $1?
  2. Would you rather a crocodile attack you or an alligator?
  3. Well, it's not quite Sudoku…

Tree-Tent is a logical game in which your mission is to locate all of the tents in the grid. Each tree is exactly connected to only one tent. A tent can be found in a horizontally or vertically adjacent square of a tree. Tents are never placed adjacent to each other, neither vertical, horizontal, nor diagonal. The numbers outside the grid give the total number of tents in the corresponding row or column. A tree might be next to two tents, but is only connected to one, and vice versa.
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Games 1 and 2 from ZVTU. Game 3 from Yooki Ltd.
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