Near Rock Fish Gap, Afton Mountain, in my beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia
Last updated 1 June 2016
Williamsburg campus office hours in room 233: M & W 6:00-7:00
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Archives of past classes
Teach Students to be Responsible: Integrate Student Success "Hard Skills" and "Soft Skills" into Your Courses
VCCS Developmental Education/VADE Peer Group Conference, 13 Nov. 2015: "Fun with Words: On-line Games, Puzzles and Other Websites to Build Vocabulary for College Reading and English Fundamentals"
VCCS Developmental Education/VADE Peer Group Conference, 14 Nov. 2015: "Using Case Studies to Improve Critical Reading and Student Responsibility"
VCCS English Peer Group Conference, 6 Nov. 2014: "Contextualized OER Lesson Plans for Composition and English Fundamentals"
Thomas Nelson Faculty Colloquium, January 7, 2014
I. "Don't Flip Out: Flip the Classroom." Some Flippin' Good Ideas (or Some Good Flippin' Ideas)
II. "Do It for Free Using SLOs and OERs." Using Student Learning Outcomes and (free!) Open Education Resources to create lesson plans:
III. "Is Yours a Brain-Friendly Classroom? Here's How to Make it into One."
Houston Community College, November 2013: "Building Lesson Plans for Integrated Reading/Writing, A Sample Researched Essay on Communicating as a Professional."
"Reach for the Sky" Fall Refresher Conference, Phoenix, November 2013: "Integrating Reading and Writing with Student Success Skills: Multitasking and Time Management, a Researched Essay Project." Resources:
Webinar, 12 September 2013: "Active Strategies and Activities for Achieving the Texas Integrated Reading and Writing Student Learning Outcomes 4, 5, & 6" (Power Point)
El Paso, Texas, April 2013, Conference Presentation: "Connecting Reading and Writing: Building Lesson Plans Using the Texas IRW Student Learning Outcomes"
Power Point for the presentation
Similarities in the Reading and Writing Processes: They're Not that Different
Webinar Presentation, February, 2013: "Teach Students to be Responsible: Integrate Student Success 'Hard Skills' and 'Soft Skills' into Your Courses"
Asheville, N.C., November 2012, Cengage composition conference, "Remember to Write" presentation: "Use Brain Development Research to Teach Students How They Learn Naturally"
Arkansas State University, May, 2012:
Nashville Automotive Deisel College Presentation, November 2011: "Engaging Students through Enhanced Lectures, the VARK Learning Modes, and Cooperative Learning"
"What Reading Teachers Ought to Know about Writing," Presentation, October 2011, February 2012, May 2012
Tidewater RCTE Developmental Writing Teaching Certificate program
Rick's New Horizons 2009 presentation: “Use Brain Development Research to Teach Students How They Learn Naturally,” based on Rita Smilkstein's research and publications.
Rick's NADE presentation about English 109 and the COLs, NADE 2009, Greensboro, NC
Throw them a Lifeline: The master learner component in Communities of Learning, presented at CRLA 2009, Richmond, VA
Chair, VCCS Tidewater Regional Center for Teaching Excellence
TNCC and Tidewater RCTE sponsored Spring 2007 Adjuncts Academy
TNCC English Department E-Cabinet
VADE The Virginia Association for Developmental EducationF.R.E.E. The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence site
"The Unknown Soldier" by Luc Sante I think this short essay is the most powerful writing I've ever read.
Today in History
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, educational and fun "must visits" when you're in southeast Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg I hope these folks don't price themselves out of business because one can spend many fun days here.
Nat'l Park Service site for Colonial National Historical Park (Yorktown and Jamestown, with Williamsburg right in between). Lots of links to other historical attractions in the Richmond and Tidewater areas.
The Mariners Museum of Newport News, Va. Might not sound like much, but you might be surprised!
James River Plantations A great visit, and they are just up along Route 5 west, out of Williamsburg, a beautiful drive.
Virginia Air and Space Center. This is more recent history than we find at most Virginia sites, but it's still way fun.
Earth & Sky: Your link for terrestrial and celestial news and views
Library of Congress
National Public Radio: Tune in and listen online to my favorite radio programs.
Writers Almanac: Hosted by Garrison Keillor, this is one of my favorite NPR programs. A little history and background on different literary figures and a poem read by Garrison. It's a great way to start any day.
Landmark College: This college specializes in teaching students with learning difficulties. Lot of resources at their web site.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale: My alma mater
Hampton Roads.Com, for local news; for reviews of restaurants, movies and other entertainment; for what's happening in the Virginia Tidewater area
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