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Spring 2014

Pedagogy Column: Math and Art

Lina Wu, Mathematics

I have found that teaching math concepts by using beautiful artwork inspires students to learn math.


Spring 2013

Pedagogy Column: Teachers as Imaginative Beings

Yolanda Medina, Teacher Education

 Mask-making in EDU 203 trains and empowers students to use the arts on a daily basis with elementary school children, ensuring that they do not miss arts as a part of their early education. Not only does mask-making fulfill the course description – to introduce theories, methods and materials for integrating visual arts into the elementary school curriculum – it also serves other important goals for the class.


Spring 2013

Pedagogy Column: Service Learning: An Avenue for Deep Learning

Katherine Figueroa, Developmental Skills, and Douglas Anderson, Music and Art


We taught a paired course in the Fall of 2012 as part of the new Freshman Learning Academies program. Because the two courses were Academic and Critical Reading (ACR 095) and Introduction to Music (MUS 110), we decided a service learning project involving reading and music would be the most appropriate activity. The purpose of this project was to provide students an opportunity to develop the following academic and critical reading skills: summarizing expository texts and a story, reading aloud fluently, and planning and engaging in pre-, during- , and post-reading activities. 


Spring 2012

Using Gaming to Develop Interviewing Skills

Michelle Wang, Cooperative Education

A “game-based” learning workshop at CETLS caused me to wonder: how can I use gaming pedagogy in my work with students preparing for job interviews? Can game-based pedagogy help students improve their interviewing skills and enhance their confidence?


Spring 2011

Students and Grammar: A Perspective from Inside the Writing Center

Jason Schneiderman, Writing Center

How a teacher attends to grammar is significant. If we focus on correction too early, we confirm our student’s worst preconceptions about writing.


Spring 2011

Bingo as Teaching Tool: Gaming in the Mathematics Classroom

Kathleen Offenholley, Mathematics

Every semester in statistics, I dreaded when the time came to do my introductory lecture on hypothesis testing.


Fall 2014

Pedagogy Column: Valuing the Writing Process

Margaret Barrow, English

Grades indicate to students how well or not they have completed the assigned tasks. How often have you found yourself working long hours on grading students’ papers only to watch your students turn to the last page to see the final grade and ignore your comments?


Fall 2013

Pedagogy Column: Diigo as a Research Tool for Creating a Community of Researchers in the Classroom

Saniye Gokcora, Developmental Skills

Diigo ( is a bookmarking program that I use in my reading and writing courses to share information and create a community of learners. Diigo enables users to bookmark articles and web pages, save them online, and share these with individuals with the same interest who can post comments. Diigo is widely utilized in various levels of education for online reading and better retention of information. 


Fall 2013

Pedagogy Column: Free Writing in the Classroom

Matthew Marcus, Developmental Skills

Free writing is a classroom activity that I have found to be indispensable, regardless of the subject being taught. My procedure for free writing is to put a prompt on the board and give students between 5 to 15 minutes to write.


Fall 2012

Helen Keller at the Fountain: Student Potential and the Resistance of Insecure Students

Lara Stapleton, English

Experienced teachers can tell you stories of high achievers, students who hear and process nearly everything the instructor says, and students who are completely tuned out. 


Fall 2011

Service-Learning at BMCC

Mary Nell Hawk, Developmental Skills

Service learning integrates community service, instruction and reflection and teaches students from kindergarten through college to use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. It strengthens communities and teaches civic responsibility through direct action and academic instruction.


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