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Teaching ELL Pre-literacy to Adult English Learners

I found the hand out on Developing Phonological Awarenessthat I got from the Iowa Culture and Language Conference (ICLC) 2015 to be very useful in teaching the ELL pre-literacy class we are now offering in Muscatine.  Most of the students who are attending this class are illiterate not only in English but also in their own language.  Phonological awareness is ...

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Acquiring English as a Foreign Language

I presented my master�s thesis at the MIDTESOL 2015 conference in October. The foci of my presentation were on Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theories, curriculum design, and instructional strategies for teaching adult English learners. SLA theories provide insights into how adult English learners acquire a new language. The foremost goal of any ELL course curriculum and instructional strategies is to ...

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Turn Fractions Into Visuals

Growing up I was taught math in the traditional way.  The teacher gave me some symbolic notation such as 1/2 * 1/4 and then gave me a step-by-step process to follow to the solve the problem, and then we moved on to the next thing with more notation and procedure.  At ANI they present how that should be just one ...

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Get Inspired at Math = Love

Not having enough materials/resources is a common complaint among teachers.  I love following how a young teacher in rural Oklahoma, Sarah Hagan, is finding a way to thrive without using textbooks. Back in March NPR did a feature story about Sarah titled ” The Teacher Who Believes Math = Love.” Since hearing that story, I have been a regular follower of ...

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HSE Success Story – Holly Hunter

By Cheryl Reidenouer, Career Navigator Holly Hunter was one of the student speakers at the HSE May 2015 Graduation Ceremony.   Holly told her fellow graduates that �we got here . . . finally�.  She said her fear of succeeding, fear of failing, fear of what if I can�t do this and fear of what if it never goes anywhere kept ...

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Telling stories with data

I was lucky enough to spend two days doing math as if I were a student.  All of the teachers at the workshop were given some data that we care about — HiSET testing data for all the states that use the HiSET test. Our task was to tell a story.  Think about that.  We had pages and pages of ...

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Match up Fractions on the Number Line

This week I’m spending two days in Des Moines for the Adult Numeracy Institute.  The focus is on number sense (fractions, decimals and percents) and Data, Statistics, and graphs.  I enjoyed the first warm-up activity that was a match up.  This activity could be tailored to any level of math learner.   The directions are as follows: Beforehand, the facilitator ...

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When Khan and HISET meet. . .

While I have done similar projects to this one, on a more limited scale, it’s nice to see HiSET do some of the heavy lifting.  Below you will find a new resource from HiSET copied from their website. Khan Academy Math VideosIn collaboration with Khan Academy, the HiSET� program has identified videos and exercises that can assist you in preparing ...

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