Ideas for Teaching Vocabulary? Look no Further!

 

This document is a wonderful resource for teachers who want a crash course on how to teach vocabulary effectively along with dozens of really fun vocabulary games that can be used for reinforcement and review. The first pages of the blog are devoted to summarizing the main points of Beck and McKeown’s “Bringing Words to Life,” which has become the go-to book for most educators around the topic of vocabulary instruction. These pages provide teachers with a “quick and dirty” guide to choosing words, presenting words to students, what it means to “know” a word, and how to review words for reinforcement and application. Continue reading Ideas for Teaching Vocabulary? Look no Further!

A Call to Adult Numeracy/HSE Math Teachers: Let’s Build Community (and Practice) Together

 

On the evening of April 4th (the second night of the 2017 COABE1 conference), some 30-40 adult educators from around the country came together after a long day of workshops for some extracurricular inspiration in math – a new Adult Numeracy Network (ANN)2 event called ANN Under 10. 

The idea is simple. Adult numeracy teachers give a brief talk, each under 10 minutes. Each speaker tells a story and asks a question that is driving their teaching practice. Some may pose a question they have been working on for years, some may share something they’ve been working on for only a few months. But the questions they share with us are invitations to collaborate.

The goal of ANN under 10 is for teachers to continue to work on the ideas inspired by the talks. The talks themselves are wonderful, but the real work is what happens in the classrooms and practice of the teachers who watch them.  Continue reading A Call to Adult Numeracy/HSE Math Teachers: Let’s Build Community (and Practice) Together

The CUNY CareerKits

 

The CUNY CareerKit Project is a set of curricular resources for HSE and high level ESOL students that blend critical literacy skills with career exploration, planning and preparation in 10 different growing industries. Each of the 10 CareerKits is designed to engage HSE and high level ESOL students in reading, writing, math, critical thinking  and digital literacy activities. The CUNY CareerKits are thoughtfully planned, and chockful of relevant resources – graphs, articles, videos, writing assignments, and more. As of September 2017, there are careerkits for healthcare, technology, community & social service, and education & childcare available for use. The CUNY Careerkit in Manufacturing is coming soon. Continue reading The CUNY CareerKits

Hundreds of Challenging Math Problems Worth Solving

 

The Mathematical Practices that are in the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education define what it means to be a mathematically proficient student. As adult education instructors, our job is to help our students navigate over the swells in the tempest of their angst until they get to the point where they have enough confidence in their own abilities to weather the sea of mathematics.   
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CUNY Webinar: Teaching High Emphasis/High Utility Math Content for the TASC

 

On February 8th, 2017 Eric Appleton and I hosted a webinar to explore the math content on the TASC test, focusing our attention on the most recent GHI forms of the exam. We were joined by content and TASC assessment experts Tim Jones (Associate for Instructional Services from the New York State Education Department) and Deedra Arvin (Test Development Program Manager from Data Recognition Corporation/CTB). Tim and Deedra also joined us last summer when we explored the TASC science item specifications. Continue reading CUNY Webinar: Teaching High Emphasis/High Utility Math Content for the TASC