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Autistic Representation In Charter Schools: A First-Hand Experience Within A Michigan Charter, Morgan Selke May 2020

Autistic Representation In Charter Schools: A First-Hand Experience Within A Michigan Charter, Morgan Selke

Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture

Since the 1990s, Michigan has had an overabundance of charter schools established within the state. In hopes that it would urge public school districts to improve. Michigan has become the state with the second-highest amount of charter schools in the nation (Zernike, 2016). There have been many controversial issues that surround the inclusion of charter schools in the public education sector. One issue that I wanted to explore more was the underrepresentation of autistic students and students with special needs in these schools--focusing on the resources and support available to these students. This article showcases my experience teaching, as a ...


Use Of Peer Instruction And Tophat In A Pharmacology Lecture: Observation Of Students' Engagment And Perception, Hannah Espinosa Apr 2020

Use Of Peer Instruction And Tophat In A Pharmacology Lecture: Observation Of Students' Engagment And Perception, Hannah Espinosa

Student Scholars Day Posters

Different instructional practices can have different effects on student engagement and learning outcomes in a STEM course. The purpose of this study is to examine the differences in teaching practices and the engagement of students in two different sections of the same BMS course, one section with a traditional lecture style class while the other utilized an interactive online platform, TopHat, in tandem with lecture. This study also investigates the students’ perception of the usage of TopHat and whether peer discussions in the TopHat session will lead to better learning results. Data are currently being collected by observing five classes ...


Bingo! Engaging History Of Science Students With Primary Sources, Leigh Rupinski Apr 2020

Bingo! Engaging History Of Science Students With Primary Sources, Leigh Rupinski

Scholarly Papers and Articles

This case study examines the process of creating an interactive and engaging lesson plan for the History of Science course, HSC 201: The Scientific Revolution. History of Science students tend to be undergraduates majoring in science or medical related fields, rather than the humanities, who need to fulfill an intensive writing or general education requirement. For most, if not all of them, this session would be the first time they experienced hands-on interaction with historical resources. Accordingly, the archivist sought to create a less traditional lesson plan that would foster a sense of fun and interest in the materials.


An Analysis Of Asexual Identity Clubs And Their Role On College Campuses, Ellen Yope Apr 2020

An Analysis Of Asexual Identity Clubs And Their Role On College Campuses, Ellen Yope

Honors Projects

Identifying the lack of college asexuality clubs and the positive influence they have on students. Advocating for the creation of asexuality clubs at colleges and universities and the benefits they provide for students, socially and academically.


Teaching Happiness: Developing And Assessing A Happiness Course, Charles Hammersley Jan 2020

Teaching Happiness: Developing And Assessing A Happiness Course, Charles Hammersley

Journal of Tourism Insights

Can “happiness” be taught? In the spring of 2015 the Northern Arizona University’s Parks and Recreation Management program introduced a new course, PRM 205 Happiness. A study of the fall 2015 PRM 205 Happiness courses (campus section and distance section) were conducted to determine if the PRM 205 Happiness course resulted in measurable changes in student “happiness” scores. Also, if there were any differences between campus and distance delivery modes and student “happiness” scores. A Pre-test / Post-test survey design using the Fordyce Emotions Questionnaire (Fordyce, 1988) was conducted on both a campus class (N=49) and a distance class ...


A Look Into Mindset, Motivation, And Self- Regulation: How To Foster Motivation And The Growth Mindset In The Classroom, Jennifer Slack Jan 2020

A Look Into Mindset, Motivation, And Self- Regulation: How To Foster Motivation And The Growth Mindset In The Classroom, Jennifer Slack

Award Winners

People are naturally curious beings, and the desire to learn is a natural and innate part of human nature. So why is it that by the time students reach their secondary education, their motivation is at an all time low? As students’ motivation is directly linked to their success and well-being, this problem is troubling. Many researchers have sought to find the cause of this shift, and what they have found is that although there cannot merely be a single determining factor to account for this shift, the vast majority of our schools and classrooms are promoting strategies, systems, and ...


Literacy Coaching Serving As A Way To Create Self-Efficacy In Educators, Stifle Teacher Burnout, And Improve Student Achievement Scores: A Framework For Coaching, Jamie L. Grant Jan 2020

Literacy Coaching Serving As A Way To Create Self-Efficacy In Educators, Stifle Teacher Burnout, And Improve Student Achievement Scores: A Framework For Coaching, Jamie L. Grant

Award Winners

Current legislation and push for higher student achievement has teacher expectations at an all-time high. Highly skilled teachers can significantly affect student growth, however more and more highly qualified teachers are leaving the field due to lack of appropriate support within their classrooms. This project argues for the importance of literacy coaching to create a collaborative and supportive environment for teachers. Literacy coaches are able to support teachers’ best literacy practice, create an environment of collaboration, and provide ongoing and supportive professional development for the classroom teacher. This collaborative environment and ongoing support can combat teacher burnout and help teachers ...


Establishing A Presumption Of Competence In The Ela Classroom: One Teacher’S Story Of Creating Space For Autistic Culture, Christopher Bass Dec 2019

Establishing A Presumption Of Competence In The Ela Classroom: One Teacher’S Story Of Creating Space For Autistic Culture, Christopher Bass

Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture

Much has been written about the exclusive nature of inclusive teaching (Allan 2015; Owen & Gabriel, 2010; Smith 2010; Ware, 2004). Many general educators approach neurodiversity with a deficit approach (Smagorinsky, Tobin and Lee, 2019; Myers, 2019) As an active ELA teacher, I argue that teachers must first establish a presumption of competence (Biklen, 2005), then model and promote asset-based rhetoric around ability. Once students engage with asset-based rhetoric, the classroom may become more inclusive of autistic culture. This article shares the story of my attempt to establish a presumption of competence through student tattoos.


You And Me, Suzanne J. Gikas Dec 2019

You And Me, Suzanne J. Gikas

Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture

Poem


Seeing In Color: How Are Teachers Perceiving Our Diverse Autistic Students?, Merida Lang Dec 2019

Seeing In Color: How Are Teachers Perceiving Our Diverse Autistic Students?, Merida Lang

Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture

Although the discipline gap between Black and White students is well documented and the discipline gap between students with disabilities and those without has also been researched, the discipline gap between autistic students of color and White students has received very little attention. This essay asks educators to consider the ways in which autistic students of color exist in a specific cross section of double-discrimination and considers what can be done to reduce unconscious bias, including developing a broader and more diverse understanding of autistic culture.


The Moon Is Especially Full: Notes On Poetry, Teaching, Tests, And [Autistic] Intelligence, Chris Martin Dec 2019

The Moon Is Especially Full: Notes On Poetry, Teaching, Tests, And [Autistic] Intelligence, Chris Martin

Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture

This essay explores the ways in which poetry can help autistic students utilize creative expression and develop tools for self-advocacy.


Laker Survival Guide, Clara Bernal Dec 2019

Laker Survival Guide, Clara Bernal

Honors Projects

It was not until her Junior year of college when she became a Peer Mentor for incoming freshman students, that Clara created a mini guide to GVSU's long list of resources for students. She prepared this guide for her mentees as initially what she called, "Things you'll want to use to survive college." Clara wanted to hand her mentees all of the resources she had learned in three years on day one. This list included various academic support resources, places to feel culturally accepted, and resources for non-traditional students. After receiving a lot of positive feedback from her ...


Denis Diderot: A Secular Hero, Ben Scott-Brandt Dec 2019

Denis Diderot: A Secular Hero, Ben Scott-Brandt

Honors Projects

My Honors Senior Project is a biography of Denis Diderot in the form of a children's song. MY understanding of Diderot's life is based on Andrew Curran's book, Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely.

Songs help us memorize and retain information about the world, and singing songs together strengthens cultural and religious connections. Secular (nonreligious) people need songs, too. Diderot was a philosopher who didn't believe in God. He was an editor of L'Encyclopédie, one of the first encyclopedias, and he snuck in articles that challenged how people think. This was an important moment ...


Choose Your Own Initiative: Exploring The Landscape Of Oer And Textbook Affordability Programs, Matt Ruen, Jacklyn A. Rander, Janelle Yahne Oct 2019

Choose Your Own Initiative: Exploring The Landscape Of Oer And Textbook Affordability Programs, Matt Ruen, Jacklyn A. Rander, Janelle Yahne

Presentations

Congratulations! Your college or university is ready to plan (or maybe expand!) a campus-wide initiative focused on Open Educational Resources or other textbook alternatives. But OER and affordability programs vary widely in scope, funding, and strategies, described in articles, book chapters, and news stories. At Grand Valley State University, library OER supporters faced this situation when our faculty senate established a task force to identify university-wide strategies for OER and affordable course materials. To help this task force hit the ground running, we surveyed the landscape of programs at other institutions, identified organizations actively engaged in OER work, and selected ...


Oer & Textbook Affordability Initiatives: An Introduction, Janelle Yahne, Jacklyn A. Rander, Matt Ruen Oct 2019

Oer & Textbook Affordability Initiatives: An Introduction, Janelle Yahne, Jacklyn A. Rander, Matt Ruen

Library Reports and Communication

An overview of initiatives and programs supporting the use and creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) or other Affordable Course Materials at higher education institutions. The report also identifies relevant organizations, addresses related issues in higher education and the textbook industry, and provides further readings and resources on OER.

This was originally assembled as background and reference materials for the 2018-2019 University Academic Senate Task Force on Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials, at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, Michigan). It was subsequently revised and expanded in Summer 2019. The report focuses primarily on the Michigan context, and is ...


Ithaka S+R: Supporting The Changing Practices Of Teaching In Business, Cara Cadena, Preethi Gorecki, Jon Jeffryes, Carol Sanchez Oct 2019

Ithaka S+R: Supporting The Changing Practices Of Teaching In Business, Cara Cadena, Preethi Gorecki, Jon Jeffryes, Carol Sanchez

Scholarly Papers and Articles

In the Fall of 2018, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) joined twelve other institutions to participate in an Ithaka S+R study to understand the pedagogical support needs of business school faculty. Each participating institution served as a research site with a local team of researchers. This report will outline the methodology, findings, and recommendations for instructional faculty, librarians, and administrators.


Grand Valley Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 2, Fall 2019, Grand Valley State University Oct 2019

Grand Valley Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 2, Fall 2019, Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley Magazine

Grand Valley Magazine is a quarterly publication about Grand Valley State University produced by University Communications since 2001.


Open Access For All: Uniting A University Community, Erin Mcintosh Oct 2019

Open Access For All: Uniting A University Community, Erin Mcintosh

Library Scholars

Open Access is not just the distribution of journal articles and scholarly information that’s free of barriers. It’s an issue of income inequality, paywalls, supplemental course material, and research impact beyond the university. Open Access has not been thoroughly discussed throughout all members of the university. This project takes a look at the conversations going on at the university levels through the perspectives of students, teaching faculty, and library faculty. Through this research, it became apparent that the value of Open Access advocacy is multifaceted, interdisciplinary and benefits from advocacy across all levels of the university. This essay ...


Preservice Teachers' Community-Based Field Experiences, Erica R. Hamilton, Kelly C. Margot Oct 2019

Preservice Teachers' Community-Based Field Experiences, Erica R. Hamilton, Kelly C. Margot

Funded Articles

There exists much potential for the use of community-based partnerships to support preservice teachers’ learning and development. These opportunities can also expand preservice teachers’ understanding of when and where teaching and learning take place. This paper reports the results of a qualitative, yearlong pilot study focused on secondary preservice teachers’ (N = 42) weekly community-based field experiences at a newly opened secondary public museum school, located in a large Midwestern urban area. Specifically, preservice teachers worked weekly with sixth grade students in an urban public museum setting as part of a required undergraduate content area literacy teacher education course. This study ...


The Impact Of Healthy Living Education On Parents When Selecting Snacks For Their Children, Daphnea Lou Sutherland Aug 2019

The Impact Of Healthy Living Education On Parents When Selecting Snacks For Their Children, Daphnea Lou Sutherland

Masters Theses

The increasing prevalence of childhood obesity has become a major health concern in the United States and other countries. Obese children are now acquiring what is considered adult diseases, at a young age. This will have detrimental effects on their health as a child and even more so as an adult, resulting in poor quality of life and a shorter lifespan. An obese child also faces delays and shortages in meeting developmental standards, such as physical development, psychosocial, emotional development, cognitive, and so forth. When obese, children will have a harder time concentrating on learning materials and will struggle in ...


Acrl Diversity Alliance Residency Program: Gvsu Libraries Faculty Fellowship – Roles, Grand Valley State University Aug 2019

Acrl Diversity Alliance Residency Program: Gvsu Libraries Faculty Fellowship – Roles, Grand Valley State University

Library Reports and Communication

A document to outline the roles of those who are involved in the Grand Valley State University Libraries ACRL Diversity Alliance Residency Program. This includes the ACRL GVSU Coordinator, Department Heads, Functional Area Leads, Project Sponsors, ACRL GVSU Sponsor, and ACRL Cohort Mentor.


English In France - Linguistic Dominance And Ambivalence, Chloe Kampf Aug 2019

English In France - Linguistic Dominance And Ambivalence, Chloe Kampf

Honors Projects

Whenever English is perceived as a threat to a nation’s language, English proficiency suffers, and France is guilty as charged. Many people know France as a nation with exceptional cuisine, famous artists, and breathtaking countrysides. What many are not aware of, on the other hand, is that France has the least proficient English speakers out of any EU country. Through in-depth research, literature reviews, interviews with French citizens, and analyzations of personal experiences, I attempt to expose the underlining truth behind this intriguing phenomenon.


Grand Valley Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 1, Summer 2019, Grand Valley State University Jul 2019

Grand Valley Magazine, Vol. 19, No. 1, Summer 2019, Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley Magazine

Grand Valley Magazine is a quarterly publication about Grand Valley State University produced by University Communications since 2001.


Grand Valley Forum, Volume 043, Number 16, April 22, 2019, Grand Valley State University Apr 2019

Grand Valley Forum, Volume 043, Number 16, April 22, 2019, Grand Valley State University

2018-2019, Volume 43

Grand Valley Forum is Grand Valley State's faculty and staff newsletter, published from 1976 to the present.


Report Of 2018-2019 Open Educational Resources & Affordable Course Materials Task Force, Thomas Pentecost, Annie Bélanger, Lihua Huang, Charles Lowe, Erin Mcintosh, Matt Ruen, Eric Szczepaniak Apr 2019

Report Of 2018-2019 Open Educational Resources & Affordable Course Materials Task Force, Thomas Pentecost, Annie Bélanger, Lihua Huang, Charles Lowe, Erin Mcintosh, Matt Ruen, Eric Szczepaniak

Library Reports and Communication

The University Academic Senate charged the OER/ACM Task Force to:

  1. Explore current GVSU practices involving course material decisions.
  2. Recommend strategies to recognize existing OER/ACM use by GVSU faculty.
  3. Recommend strategies to increase use of existing OER/ACM services and support.
  4. Recommend new initiatives or support to increase OER/ACM adoption by GVSU faculty.

This report fulfills these charges, providing information on the context of textbook usage at GVSU and delivering recommendations and possibilities for expanded OER/ACM support.


Grand Valley Forum, Volume 043, Number 15, April 8, 2019, Grand Valley State University Apr 2019

Grand Valley Forum, Volume 043, Number 15, April 8, 2019, Grand Valley State University

2018-2019, Volume 43

Grand Valley Forum is Grand Valley State's faculty and staff newsletter, published from 1976 to the present.


Writing On Demand In College, Career, And Community Writing: Preparing Students To Participate In The Pop-Up Parlor, Kelly J. Sassi, Hannah Stevens Apr 2019

Writing On Demand In College, Career, And Community Writing: Preparing Students To Participate In The Pop-Up Parlor, Kelly J. Sassi, Hannah Stevens

Language Arts Journal of Michigan

The Writing on Demand Unit is an important part of the College, Career, and Community Writers Program. In this article, we review the literature on C3WP; contextualize the writing on demand unit in relation to the other instructional resources in C3WP; explore five big ideas about writing on demand; and describe an approach to teaching this unit that includes some preliminary results of teaching this unit in a rural, Native American high school. The five big ideas that inform its use are the following: 1) emotions matter, 2) everyone does it, so provide reasons for writing on demand, 3) time ...


Beyond Proving It: How C3wp Helps Students Write Nuanced Arguments And Purposeful Commentary, Kristin E. Smith Apr 2019

Beyond Proving It: How C3wp Helps Students Write Nuanced Arguments And Purposeful Commentary, Kristin E. Smith

Language Arts Journal of Michigan

When students look at an issue from a variety of perspectives, they begin to think critically about sources and biases, and they are able to write more nuanced arguments. This article examines the changes in students' written arguments when a teacher implements the mini-units from the College, Career, and Community Ready Writers Program using articles that present diverse viewpoints on relevant issues. The students in this article were new to the College, Career, and Community Ready Writers Program, and they participated in three mini units from the program. The author describes how she implements these three mini units, and analyzes ...


Knotworking The College, Career, And Community Writers Program, Rachel Bear, Tom Fox Apr 2019

Knotworking The College, Career, And Community Writers Program, Rachel Bear, Tom Fox

Language Arts Journal of Michigan

"Knotworking the College, Career, and Community Writers Program" examines its history and success through four "knots." Using Engeström's concept of "knotworking," the article explores the relationship of the program to national standards, mandated curricula, hyperpartisan public discourse, and student achievement.


Coming To Terms With College Writing, Tyler Judd Apr 2019

Coming To Terms With College Writing, Tyler Judd

Language Arts Journal of Michigan

The task of defining college writing is one that will more than likely never find a definitive end. As writing teachers it is important to understand what the future for our students holds, but for those college-bound students it can often be hard to predict. With new resources such as Joseph Harris’ Rewriting: How to do Things With Texts, and National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program teachers can be sure they are guiding that population of students toward a successful academic future. This piece explores some of the specific resources and tools that I have found ...