In the Seventies, I was exposed to the theory of
incompetence, which advocates that workers strive to introduce
incompetence into some aspect of their performance. At the level
of "conscious incompetence," we strive madly to learn, to move
toward "unconscious competence." It is in that process that we
become most productive and most effective. We are learning! The following site
summarizes some of that theory:
As adult educators, we are in the business of learning about
ourselves, our students, our chosen fields, our world. We are
strength finders - team players and coaches striving to know
more, help more.
The LIA process has encouraged professional development
through the certification process. What other opportunities for
learning exist? Many, as this issue will promote.
Professional Development Contact for Colorado programs, has
encouraged participation in
is the site of the
National Institute for Literacy Online Discussion Lists.
There are many choices. Established in 1995, the National Institute for Literacy online discussion lists give thousands of literacy stakeholders opportunities to discuss the literacy field's critical issues; share resources, experiences, and ideas; ask questions of subject experts; and keep up-to-date on literacy issues.
One list event of
interest is approaching in the
Professional Development List.
Part I is a “Discussion Primer” (May 7-13) where all programs, states, and organizations
are encouraged to share their work in online professional development. This is an opportunity to create a national picture of what’s happening in online PD; and for those who seek it, an opportunity to learn of available options. Part II (May 14-21) is the Discussion with Guest Participants.
Take a moment to send the list moderator, Jackie Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org,
questions to help the guests identify the best ways to meet your needs.
Hybrid or Blended Instruction
Hybrid or blended
learning is that which occurs through a variety of media:
online, interactive video, phone pods, onsite, and more.
You are invited to
participate in ongoing sessions, tailored to you, in response to
the Self-Assessment Survey which you completed a few months ago.
We will use GoToMeeting software and phone connectivity, which
allows you to see my computer, and I yours, and to dialogue
about issues. Each session will also have an online
segment to give you a chance to interact with the materials
before we "meet." Each session will require about 3 hours of
total participation: 2 hours online and 1 hour on phone/computer
interaction. If you are strapped for $, I'll send you a phone
credit card number that you may use for the call.
Using Technology as a Vehicle
Major Philosophies of Adult Ed
Learning Styles and Strategies
Youth in Adult Ed
Web Sites and Software for Adult Learners
Using technology with Adult Learners
In addition to
receiving professional development points from The PD Office,
you may also apply for graduate credit from Adams State, which
I'm in the process of negotiating. The whole 18-hour series
awards one credit hour. However, if you need or want more, we
can work out some related activities up to 30 or 45 hours and
have those approved for additional credit as well.
I will be notifying
you of dates through CLICK. Please contact me if you have any
questions or suggestions for this series.
We will be relying
heavily on the state's Resource Bank at
Time, time, where do we find enough of it? Led by
Debra Fawcett in Denver, our Professional Development Resource
Centers try mightily to make things easier and more fun for you.
This year and next, we want to create and distribute teaching
materials that you can insert into your plans and have your
students process on their own.
4CPDRC is creating
a series of digital lessons on adult topics that promote GED and
workplace content. The lessons are written at approximately
5th-6th-grade reading levels, for ABE and ESL students. At this
stage, you will receive them as Ebooks. I am attaching three for
your use and comments. They are of different lengths and reading
levels. I hope to get feedback concerning (1) other topics you
would like, (2) improvements/corrections in content and
presentation formats, and (3) resources you would like added.
lesson has a content reading passage, followed by discussion,
writing, math and fun activities.
the series is completed, I will burn a CD with all lessons and
distribute it to programs that show interest in using them.
on the links below to access the first three lessons.
You may run the program, or select the
"save" option to load it onto your computer. Enjoy! (NOTE: The
program may open behind this screen.)
The United States of
The Water Cycle
What Is Money?
How much time will it take for you to click
through these Ebooks? Maybe 15 minutes total. As we tell
our students, "Your journey will take more commitment than time.
Commit to a few minutes a day, and you'll find yourself
your ideas for future issues!