Welcome to the May 2007 issue of the new Learning Center Exchange!
Dedicated to providing information for learning assistance professionals.
CALL FOR ARTICLES
The Learning Center Exchange is now soliciting articles for the 2007-2008 academic year. If you would like to share your good ideas for helping students or with just about anything related to learning centers, contact Mona Pelkey@ firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for the September issue is September 1, 2007. Guidelines for submissions may be found at http://www.learningassistance.com/2006/common/guidelines.html.
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By Mona Pelkey
In the Spotlight: Humor Column
By Barbara McLay, University of South Florida
Understanding Today’s Students: txt ur vote 4 me!
By Julianne Scibetta
I am an apprentice
teacher in an alternative high school working with students who have
been expelled from their previous schools. I gave students in American
history a list of strongly negative vocabulary words to use in writing
a narrative about the Pequot and the Puritans. When a six-foot, hefty,
multi-pierced, scary-looking kid handed me his paper, I did my best
to not burst out laughing. He had written about a "friendly massacre."...
I found a cell
phone commercial involving a young girl who speaks to her mother in
txt msg to be hysterical, but I didn’t think that it would actually
reflect everyday speech. That is until two days later when I heard a
graduating college senior spout out a few “o-m-g”’s.
I’ve found myself saying “lol” (as a word) while laughing,
and I’m pretty sure that’s as redundant as “throughout
this entire essay.” Am I right, Kyle
Workshop: A Follow-up:
Using Language as an Agent of Change
By Roseanna Almaee, Darton College
In the April
issue of the Learning Center Exchange, I reported on a project that
I was in the middle of – a Writer’s Workshop for Learning
Support English students. I originally got the idea from work I had
done with the National Writing Project and from consistently hearing
students talk about wanting to get through their English class. They
did not see the developmental English class as a way to improve their
skills and become better writers for a lifetime...
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Ghandi
Well over a year ago a co-worker and I were once again discussing
the end of semester goings on of our students. The tension would start
building about a week after mid-term when students started realizing
that they were nearing the end of the term, and they were not prepared
for the exit tests. These adults at our community college, who previously
had responded to us in an adult manner, slowly began exhibiting juvenile
When You Are Not Getting A's
By Dennis Congos, University of Central Florida
Many students don’t
know what to do when they do not earn A’s. Some study hard, but
the grades do not seem to come. Below is a list of things that students
who get A’s do. Compare these activities to what you do and maybe
you will see why you are not getting the grades that you deserve –
Confessions: In Defense of Helicopter Parenting
By Mona Pelkey
LRNSST-L listserve for learning center professionals hosted a popular
thread with the subject line, “Helicopter Parents.” The
various messages on the thread talked about parents who attended advising
sessions with their adult children, regulations concerning student privacy,
and issues of what rights tuition-paying parents feel they should have
in regard to their adult child’s college grades. To read the discussion
Thanks to our volunteer authors, who take time to share their great ideas with you. Kudos to our regular contributors: Dennis Congos (University of Central Florida), Kyle Cushman (Vermont College), Barbara McLay (University of South Florida), Roseanna Almaee (Darton College) and Julianne Scibetta (Albany College of Pharmacy). Thanks, too, to our guest authors for the past year: Yolanda Debose Columbus (Blinn College), Robin Geery (Schenectady County Community College), and Kimberly McManus (Montgomery College).Thanks, too, to Stephen Burns of Antelope Valley College, for serving as webmaster. And last but not least, thanks to Mon Nasser of Accutrack and to NCLCA for cosponsoring our publication. Each of these individuals generously shared his or her precious time and talents to enrich this publication and help other learning assistance professionals help students. Your professionalism and wisdom amaze me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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