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Profiles in Learning

Barstow Community College is an open-access learning environment that promotes critical thinking, communication, personal and professional responsibility, and global awareness by offering quality courses, programs, and support services.
...from the BCC Mission Statement

...Dr. Melanie Hanson

Dr. Melanie Hanson

Learning is layering...

The most productive means of illustrating student growth is a college-wide electronic portfolio process where the stages of development are clearly delineated. Task rubrics must be given to the students at each stage of development to role model growth expectations. Student portfolio creation and evaluation gives the student the gift of progressive accomplishment that raises the student's self-esteem in each subject field completed. To be assured that I am effectively encouraging student improvement, the students in my classes complete weekly assessments. I often share with my classes my own specific successes and failures in learning, so that my students understand that everyone struggles in the amelioratory process. It is the instructor's task to create a collegial environment in which students feel safe to outpour text.

Dr. Melanie Hanson
Faculty, English