Things are about to get busy!

I don’t normally read my horoscope, but in waiting for the activation information for this blog I scrolled down through the news feeds and local information and there it was … “In your work life, things are about to get busy — so you might want to tidy up your work area so that you can be ready for the onslaught.” How fitting as I embark on my ten month investigation of how we can adapt the way we do things in the college classroom to better meet the needs of our ever-increasing population of at-risk students.

Now it is important to note that the students that I’m talking about are your everyday, run-of-the-mill students. They are not at-risk because of any significant academic, social, physical or psychological event … they’ve had pretty normal high school careers and graduated with average marks. My thinking is that they are at-risk because they have either not learned or had insufficient practice applying the cognitive and process skills necessary to survive and succeed in our post-secondary programs as they currently exist.


About N. Nelson

A college professor with more than 30 years of teaching experience, I am constantly exploring how the current educational paradigm can be adapted to better meet the needs of today’s learners, while still reaching the mandate placed on us by the community and employers to prepare these students for life and careers beyond the college. I enjoy sharing my teaching experiences and expertise through Professional Development Workshops on topics such as Project-Based Learning, Flipping your Classroom, Impacting Student Success, Engaging Large Classes, and Stretching your Teaching Comfort Zone. I am also willing to share my experiences and expertise on the processes required to meet the updated CEAB engineering accreditation requirements.
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