24 Sep 2014

MDCC Teachers Present Workshop

Two Mississippi Delta Community College instructors recently presented a workshop about teaching dual enrollment English at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Two Year College English Association of Mississippi (TYCAM).

“Dual Enrollment: Double the Pleasure, Double the Challenge,” presented by MDCC English teachers Emily Riser and Renee Moore, explored the highs and lows of teaching college level English classes to high school juniors and seniors.

Riser, who teaches at the Moorhead campus and is a dual enrollment instructor at Pillow Academy in Greenwood, Miss., explained how she often has to adjust assignments to make them interesting and relevant to younger students, while still maintaining the required rigor.

Moore, who teaches at MDCC’s Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC), stressed the importance of a college’s dual enrollment instructors being flexible and diplomatic when they travel to high schools and must interact with a school’s students, staff, and parents.

Riser says, “Among the biggest challenges of teaching dual enrollment students are that they are graduating seniors, often experiencing senioritis, and that these students know each other very well.” On the other hand, as both teachers pointed out, “The students in dual enrollment are often the top students at their respective schools, and these classes give them and their parents an opportunity to interact with MDCC and the college’s quality programs.”

TYCAM is the professional association for English teachers at Mississippi’s community colleges, and is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, through its national and regional two-year college divisions.

In February, MDCC’s English faculty and other members of TYCAM will host the 50th anniversary Southeastern regional meeting of community college English teachers.

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