Dyslexia in Freshman Composition Courses

Dyslexia in Freshman Composition Courses (PILOT Reflections) While Seton Hill does offer an Honors section of "Seminar in Thinking and Writing" (the two-semester freshman comp and "welcome to college life" course), its other students of various abilities are mainstreamed. Students take a test during orientation, and may be placed in a one-credit lab course or a three-credit developmental course, either of which they take along with the regular STW course. I’ve…

Varying Instructional Methods

Varying Instructional Methods (PILOT Reflections) I wonder if I’d do a better job varying my instructional techniques if every college classroom came equipped with a first-grader to act as an early-warning system, ready to flop over on the carpet and moan at the first sign of boredom. I love writing workshop days because there’s usually little prep to do. On the rare occasion when I prepare a formal lecture, I do…

Missing Class

Missing Class (PILOT Reflections) Preface: Did I Miss Anything, a short poem by Tom Wayans. Amusing: A FAQ page that I put up is the top Google hit for “missed class“. Students sometimes miss class for extended periods due to illness. I once had a student who was a group leader in a technical writing class. She passed out assignments to her team members, then didn’t show up for six weeks.…

Mobility as a Learning Needs Issue

Mobility as a Learning Needs Issue (PILOT Reflections) My father has a neck injury that acts up whenever he is immobile for a long period of time. Concentrating or racing the clock aggravates his injury. Getting to sleep can also be a problem. He has experimented with different seating postures, but what seemed to work best was if he happened to drop off to sleep in the middle of the day…

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Accessing a Map of the United States for a Visually Impaired Student (no answers — just musings)

Accessing a Map of the United States for a Visually Impaired Student (no answers — just musings) (PILOT Reflections) If I wanted to use a map of the United States in a class that includes a visually disabled student, what would I do? For a low-tech solution, I’m sure there are Braille maps, or 3-D maps that show terrain and so forth. In “Cathedrals,” a much-anthologized short story, a rather cynical…

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Including the Student with Moderate Hearing Impariment

Including the Student with Moderate Hearing Impariment (PILOT Reflections) I know a smidgen of sign language. I once rode a bus from Virginia to Texas, and happened to sit next to a hearing-impaired young woman. (Hmm… I was young at the time, too.) I learned to sign the alphabet when I was in third grade, and she could read lips, so we had a good starting point. I learned the basic…