Boosting Teaching and Understanding as a Professional Development Fellow

“I always had the philosophy as a teacher that you teach the learners that you have, so I had to learn how to adapt my own teaching strategies for ELA learners. And I have grown as a teacher because of that,” says Shelby Myers-Verhage. “It’s been a very enriching experience both ways to sort of… [Read the Full Story]

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What Are Kirkwood Students Thinking in Class?

“What can students’ thoughts during my classes reveal about the factors that most affect their attention to and interest in the material being presented?” was the primary question Sondra Gates asked in her research project from last year’s Reflective Scholars course in the Master Teacher Program.  Sondra’s study received a lot of attention from Kirkwood… [Read the Full Story]

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Revisiting Differentiated Instruction

Richard Johnson, English faculty at Kirkwood’s Iowa City Campus, was “knocked back in his chair” by a reading from last semester’s Culturally Responsive Classroom regarding differentiated instructional strategies.  This short 8-page reading was published by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.  In his response to the reading, Richard shares that “the cutting… [Read the Full Story]

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Top 10 Actions to Move Kirkwood Community College from Great to Greater

This post was composed by Darek Benesh, assistant professor of English.  The original document was written as a reflection in the History of the Community College course. About Darek Benesh Darek Benesh, an assistant professor of English, holds degrees in English Language and Literature and TESOL, with additional graduate work in Language, Literacy and Culture…. [Read the Full Story]

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Sharing Ideas on Incorporating Visual Rhetoric into Composition Instruction

This is the 2012-13 Mentor-Mentee Project developed by Darek Benesh, assistant professor of English. Instruction and Goals Tom Ernster and I are both interested in the concept of visual rhetoric, and we both include visual rhetoric units in our classes.  Tom has a unit in his Comp I classes in which students design a visual… [Read the Full Story]

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Learner Success with the iPad

Deb Bloom, English instructor at Kirkwood Community College, reflects on how the iPad and Active Learning pedagogy have positively affected learner success in her classes.

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