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Virginia Association for Developmental Education
Fall 2006 Southeastern Regional Workshop: Activating Passive Learners
Co-sponsored by
VCCS Tidewater Regional Center for Teaching Excellence

Where?  TCC-Norfolk, Martin Building, 300 Granby Street
When? 10 November 2006, 10 a.m. until 2:20 p.m.
Who should attend?  Full-time and adjunct faculty, administrators, tutors, counselors
How much?  No charge!  Paid for by VADE and the Tidewater RCTE
Best bet?  Lunch, catered by Brutti's of Portsmouth, and plenty of "freebies."*  
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Concurrent Session I, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

bored class Tips for Teachers to Avoid Death by Lecture, by Overhead, by Powerpoint (Room 2408)
Presenter: Susan Coffey, Emeritus VCCS Director of Professional Development
"Socrates lived a long time ago. He was very intelligent. Socrates gave long speeches. His listeners poisoned him." (Anonymous)
'Nuff said?

Implementing Learning Communities in the VCCS Tidewater Region Colleges (Room 2407)
Presenters: This panel will include presenters from Thomas Nelson, TCC-Norfolk and TCC-Portsmouth, who will outline the approaches to Learning Communities which they are developing at their colleges.  The last 20 minutes will allow time for an open forum for questions and  a “best practices” discussion.

Concurrent Session II, 11:10-12:10
GIFTs (Great Ideas for Teachers) (Room 2408)
Facilitators: Virginia Master Teachers Seminar graduates, Dawn Hayden, Cindy Yost, Rick Dollieslager and VADE President Michael Weiser
This will be a participatory workshop, and we hope that everyone who attends will have something to contribute that can be described briefly and adapted to a variety of purposes.  Here are some examples from the VCCS journal Inquiry.
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Raising Learning Effectiveness in Math and OTHER Classrooms: The Landmark Experience
(Room 2407)
Presenter: Richard Watkins, TCC-VB
While these methods work well for students with learning difficulties, they are methods that work well for all students.

Lunch 12:10-1:10 Pasta Buffet from Brutti's

Have a great meal.  Take care of minor VADE details.  Continue the conversations begun at the morning sessions. Room 2610

Concurrent Session III, 1:20-2:20 p.m.

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You Want Students to be Responsible?  Then Teach Them How. (Room 2408)
Presenter: Rick Dollieslager, TNCC-Hampton; RCTE Chair
This session will present numerous teaching strategies that put the responsibility for attending, learning, and succeeding squarely on the shoulders of the students in your classes.

Classroom Strategies that Match What We Already Know About Effective Learning (Room 2407)
Presenter: Susan Coffey, Emeritus VCCS Director of Professional Development
From a list of 14 well-known quotations/sayings, participants will identify and discuss principles of effective learning, create or share practical classroom applications, and develop a personalized checklist to use to access current teaching practices.

*The Freebies! All that is not enough enticement to attend? Okay then, let's throw in these bennies for everyone who registers:

Parking:  Park in the Freemason Garage and save your ticket to return to the attendant with a special events parking pass afterwards for free parking.

Registration:  Email Rick Dollieslager at to say that you want to register. That's all there is to it.