- They say it best: "When an adult admits to 'having
problems with math' the empathy we feel may be based on our
own experience that math was dreary, rote ridden,
mysterious, and much of it not terribly relevant. As
teachers our task is to provide our adults with experiences
which best promote learning in a positive classroom
atmosphere. .. latest research into learning theory confirms
that adults learn best that which is most timely,
non-threatening, enjoyable, and readily applied; it is our
hope that through this WEB page we are able to present
teacher trainers (and teachers too) with workshop plans,
activities, and experiences that are models for instruction
which will help develop that positive atmosphere for our
adults." Their home page is worth checking out, as well!
- A Florida Resource Guide. Take a look at pages 226-227:
Matching Instructional Lessons that Relate to the TABE
Objectives and beyond for great ideas!
- From Louisiana - What do you tell students who ask, "What
does this activity have to do with what I want and need?"
This site lists some foundation skills that are worth
integrating into a review of what is accomplished at the end
of a session. (SCANS skills are also great for that!). The
page is for learning, or otherwise disabled, students, but
it also applies to a wider population.
- From the Pennsylvania Department of Education - "Take a
look at these key Web sites containing a wealth of
information and resources related to adult basic and
literacy education. Can't list EVERYTHING here, but these
will surely get you started, as many contain additional
links of interest. For many more Web resources, go to the
ABLE Resource Center."
Tech Ladder Workshops
month's gaming workshop, scheduled
in Glenwood Springs, was cancelled
due to low registration. Thank you
Nancy Hays for so willingly and
generously setting up the lab and
permissions to allow us to schedule
time there. If we have enough people
wanting to reschedule, we may do so
at a later time.
The third, and final, Tech Ladder
workshop was planned for the Four
Corners, to cover Second Life for
adult educators. Given the limited
interest shown regarding the
Glenwood plan, we are reconsidering
the last event.
Coordinator for SCPD Resource Center
at Trinidad State Jr. College and
publisher of our Life Jacket,
has offered to put together
a video-conferencing workshop in her
neck of the woods. We are looking at
April or May for that event. That
workshop would cover a number of
online tools to get people playing
and creating educational games that
support what research tells us about
our 21st Century student population.
Interested? Let us know. We are here
to support you. The more you tell us
about your needs and interests, the
better we can accommodate you!
and Learn (LL)
next Lunch and Learn session is scheduled for Friday, February
27th, Noon - 1PM. We have changed the topic for that session.
Instead of "Tracking Student Progress with Technology," we will
cover the exciting potential of Hot Potatoes and other
supportive interactive tools, like Audacity, for ESL and other
Hot Potatoes suite includes six
applications, enabling you to create interactive
multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword,
matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web.
Hot Potatoes is not freeware, but it is free of charge for those
working for publicly-funded non-profit-making educational
institutions, who make their pages available on the web. Other
users must pay for a licence.
that instruction will be John Horbacz, ESL instructor in
Colorado Springs, who has created some very nifty activities for
his students using those tools. We'll look at what John has
created and follow the steps for creating more activities!
We had a very
supportive group of instructors join the last LL session on
Help Identify and Monitor Student Goals.
sessions are likely to change topics, as Colorado instructors
are willing to "strut their stuff" in Elluminate. I am inviting
other Colorado adult ed instructors to moderate future session
featuring what they do best with technology.
resources related to topics discussed in past and future LL
sessions, statewide workshops, and Tech Ladder certification are
posted on your wiki! Go to
http://www.chiresources.pbwiki.com. If you would like to
help expand those resources, you are cordially and vehemently
invited to do so. When you get to the wiki page, simply sign up
to become a writer, and I'll add you to the team. The more, the
You'll find links on
the first page of your wiki, which lead to numerous activities
that you can immediately implement with students.
Rapidly multiply by
1.5, 2.5, 3.5, etc. or, in fact, any any number ending in 5.
(From Edward H. Julius,
"Rapid MathTricks and Tips (30 Days to Number Power, John Wiley
and Sons, Inc, N.Y, 1992)
Double both the
divisor and the dividend to (probably) convert the parts into
whole numbers, which are easier to divide. Example:
28 ÷ 3.5
x 2 = 56
x 2 = 7
÷ 7 = 8 (the answer)
(From Derrick Niederman et
al, Brain Teasers, Sterling Publishing CO, Inc, 2005)
Place three letters
in the three empty circles so that the longest possible word,
which may be more than 8 digits long) can be spelled out by
reading around the circles. You can choose your starting
position and the direction in which the word is read.
CLICK FOR ANSWER
suggestions, questions and error reports are most appreciated!
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