Promoting Student Success
in Developmental Education Programs

A Workshop of the Texas Collaborative
for Teaching Excellence

June 15, 2007
Del Mar College East Campus,
101 Baldwin Blvd.
White Library, 4th Floor
Corpus Christi, Texas

Program: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Designed for faculty and staff of
Texas community colleges

Registration is required but there is NO workshop fee.


8:00-8:30 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast

8:30-8:50 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

9:00-11:10 a.m.
Morning Breakout Sessions

11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Lunch and Keynote Address (
Door prize drawings)

12:40-2:50 p.m.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Wrap-up and Workshop Evaluation
(Door prize drawing)

Breakout Session Descriptions:

Visual Rhetoric: Using Advertisement Analysis for Reading and Writing Courses
Laura Boercker, North Harris College, Houston, TX

The visual rhetoric presentation will provide instructors with a new and exciting lesson plan that can be utilized in writing and reading courses. The lesson discusses the persuasive power (rhetoric power) of advertisements. Instructors will learn how to teach students to become aware of the rhetorical power of the images around them, and to analyze them in regards to their thesis (argument) and target audience.

Trouble at the P&B Railroad
Richard Rupp, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX

This presentation will demonstrate a discovery based method for introducing students to a well-known mathematical pattern. Participants will engage in a multilink block based permutation building exercise while attempting to respond to a docket of questions spawning from a hypothetical application. The complexity of questions will gradually increase, requiring participants to use more strategic methods in attempting to determine solutions. Eventually, the mystery pattern will emerge from the student generated solutions. Properties and applications of the mystery pattern will be discovered throughout the process and will be formally discussed at the conclusion.

Novelty of Novels
Betty Black, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, TX 

The use of literature is returning to many college/university classrooms. The use of novels is becoming a useful way of effectively teaching reading skills and strategies necessary to be a successful student. Many developmental students enter the basic reading class with a disdain for reading. These students are ill-equipped to attack college level reading. This session will give you ideas on ways to help these students.

Linear Functions and Their Applications in Developmental Math
Sonia Ford/Kathryn Hodge, Midland College, Midland, TX

Attendees will be introduced and participate in activities involving linear functions that can be incorporated into their own developmental math classroom. Activities presented will include the following: Kinesthetic presentation of the concept of ordered pairs, relating linear functions and their graphs activity, real-life applications of linear functions, internet resources of linear functions, and discussion of approaches to teaching linear functions.

Emphasizing Peer Collaboration in the
Developmental English Class

Amy Williamson, McLennan Community College, Waco, TX

Developmental English instructors often find a wide range of writing skills present in their classrooms. Peer collaboration is an excellent solution to this challenge. This session will provide activities that: assist students with different strengths and weaknesses, give the instructor more one-on-one time with students, help customize teaching for each student's needs, engage students in classroom activities, and peak the interest of students through cooperative learning. Need inspiration and ideas? This workshop is for you!

Reading and Writing to Learn: A Practical Model for Integrating Developmental English Curriculum 
Gloria Smith Bragg, Vernon College, Wichita Falls, TX

This integrated developmental reading and writing model has been developed with attention to a number of developmental instruction goals. The primary goals are to use multiple visual, auditory and interactive classroom methods to show students how to make a strong connection between their reading, thinking and writing tasks. Also, the model provides learning activities and methods that help students find a practical route to learning by way of associative and critical thinking processes that can serve all their subsequent learning tasks.

Developmental Math: The Order of Operations
Margaret Patin, Vernon College, Wichita Falls, TX

This is a presentation to provide new ways for presenting an important concept. You will collect classroom ready activities to appeal to different learning styles, discuss ways to adapt activities for whole class, small group, tutoring and individual activities, learn why we must rehabilitate Dear Aunt Sally, share your ideas for extending activities, and participate in a cooperative learning exercise.

Combining Intermediate and College Algebra into One Semester
Mari M. Peddycoart, Kingwood College, Kingwood, TX

The concept of this workshop is to combine intermediate and college algebra into one semester with the hope that it will lead to better retention and success. This course is very successful at Kingwood College and student comments and other feedback will be shared.  

To Register for the Workshop:
E-mail Bennie Clark at Del Mar College: [email protected].

To ask questions about the workshop, contact:
Vicky Andrews
Director of Professional Development
Del Mar College
[email protected]

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