Creative Teaching… Does it frequently involve artwork? Does it involve drama? Does it involve music? Does it involve some practical activity? Or does it involve making choices about a tech tool to use? Problem-solving? Open-ended tasks? Self-directed learning? Collaboration? Peer feedback?
I can be creative – I have spent many hours following a knitting or cross-stitch pattern. I have followed dressmaking patterns. I can follow a piece of music when playing my guitar or singing. But I think that is a different sort of creativity to the creativity I use in class.
Perhaps creativity means using “creative skills”. Perhaps it means using “thinking skills”. Perhaps both have their place. Perhaps there is a place for following a creative pattern – after all, it can be quite relaxing to follow someone else’s instructions. And perhaps there is a place for creative thinking skills too – where we use those skills to express our thinking. And perhaps there is a whole host of other skills that are creative – perhaps it’s not what we do but how we engage our brain in the process and take “ownership”.
I was reminded this week that there is something called “divergent thinking.” Perhaps as educators, … Read the rest
Before you can start working on things like syllables with any student, practically all literacy organizations will require you to attend an orientation & training program of some 10 to 20 hours.
Usually, the lessons and materials are provided for free, and the training takes generally place on evenings or weekend days.
These training programs are including subject areas such as goal setting, designing lesson plans, sensitivity training, dyslexia, and effective methods for teaching vocabulary, writing, preparing for the GED test via BestGEDClasses.org, and even writing a short GED essay.
Well, as we know that the majority of illiterate adults were trying to cover up their inability to write and/or read for many years, sensitivity training elements were implemented to help you help them with any form of shame, negativity about school, or frustration, that may come up during one of your tutoring sessions.
The instruction on your lesson plans will provide you with good ideas about how to structure your tutoring sessions.You’ll learn which workbooks to use in relation to a student’s reading level or perhaps learning disability, and the best ways to keep your tutoring accurate and lively.
Before you get to work with new students, it’s key … Read the rest
Literacy Volunteers are believing that supported and well-trained volunteers can be highly effective teachers of adults.
Literacy Volunteers provides free, individualized student-focused instruction in basic literacy & English language capabilities.
Literacy Volunteers of East Bay (LVEB) includes some 80 volunteers, 1 administrative director, and Board of Directors of 8 members.
LVEB is serving around 80 adult learners every year through the organization’s group class leaders and well-trained tutors. Most students receive tutoring on an individual basis, but the organization also provide group instruction for local organizations or businesses who have a group of people that need their services.
Tutors are required to complete a training program of 15 hours and they continually are supported by a literacy specialist.
LV East Bay is an organization that provides services and/or referrals to adult learners who are at least 18 years old, and who live in or are willing to travel to LVEB’s program area of Warren, Bristol, East Providence, and Warren.
The organization is financed by substantial donations from local businesses and citizens, the U.S. Department of Education, and money generated through an annual funding campaign.
I myself am an a non-native speaker of the English language, so I know from my own experience that writing in a foreign language is often challenging, and this is particularly true when it concerns academic work.
A considerable portion of the available research reports and study material in our study field is providing numerous tips and suggestions on how we can help undergraduate non-native speakers and writers.
Having said that, graduate students somehow seem to be receiving far less attention regarding this subject in the provided literature. Still, non-native graduate students are facing an even greater number of challenges when it comes to writing their academic pieces, and my personal experiences have also made that very clear to me. Time to do some research.
I asked several non native applied linguistics graduate students to share with us their experiences in the field of academic writing. I was asking them the following three questions:
What are your biggest challenges in writing that you come across as a non-native English speaking graduate student?
What helpful advice/assistance have you been receiving so far in grad school to help you with your writing?
What do you think that universities/colleges/graduate programs/study advisers could do
When a child lacks fluency, he/she reads at a pace that is word-by-word, with little attention to phrasing. He/she may also be reading a book that is too difficult, where his/her attention is on decoding and not on comprehension and fluency.
Encourage the child to read a book that is easy. An easy book is one with fewer than 5 errors per 100 words.
Explain that reading needs to sound like talking.
Encourage repeated readings of easy books.
Encourage the reader to read to a younger child.
Encourage the child to read without pointing.
Provide guided practice with a teacher/parent for 5-10 minutes. Choose a reading passage that is easy and be sure both the adult and child can see it. The adult reads it several times to the child, who is following along. Then read it together once or several times, until the child is reading it with expression. Finally, have the child read it alone. Repeat daily for several months.
The Reader Reads Too Fast:
Some readers view the purpose of reading to say the words right without thinking about what the words mean. They do not view reading as a meaning-making activity and therefore, read to … Read the rest
Is able to figure out unknown quickly using context and word patterns
Reads with appropriate phrasing and expression
Don’t be fooled, however. Just because a child is a fluent reader, does not mean that the child is comprehending.
However, a child who struggles with fluency will also have difficulty comprehending.
Ways to Build Fluency:
Read, read, read. ‘Automaticity’ comes with many hours of reading practice.
Read material at an easier level so that decoding is not an issue. Practice at independent levels of text difficulty is important. A suggested ratio of easier to difficult text is 80/20, 80 percent easy and 20 percent at the instructional level.
In 2015, almost 200 Literacy New Jersey students were granted U.S. citizenship, meaning they now can register to vote and do so for the first time, and become more active members in their communities.
Chin Vivian Hsieh is a 53 year old woman who immigrated to the U.S. six years ago from Taiwan, and among her most challenging experiences here was just walking into a shop and go to the checkout counter.
She was scared, and thought people were saying ‘What’ya doing’, while they actually were saying ‘How’ya doing’. It was in fact this small misunderstanding, just one simple word, that made that she didn’t venture out on most days.
Finally, Hsieh joined a Literacy Volunteers group on English conversation and started to worked 1-on-1 with a tutor from Literacy New Jersey in Middlesex. It was only then that her life begun to change for the better. In 2015, Chin Vivian Hsieh became a U.S. citizen. She says she now wants to vote for the American presidency, and that she likes the American life, the possibilities, and the freedom.
Hsieh is just one of the over 5,000 adults that benefit from Literacy New Jersey’s services each year. Literacy New Jersey … Read the rest
When you teach, the content of your teaching automatically establishes the standard by which you are judged.
In other words, if you’re gonna talk it you better walk it. But walking the walk often requires making tough decisions, like changing for example…which many aren’t willing to do.
Another reason business folks don’t share information with the world is because they feel it gives them an advantage over the consumer. If they give the info, they lose their advantage. Information is power, and yes, giving the consumer information does empower them.
I initially thought this was a transfer of power from me to them as well. But what I now understand is that both the teacher and the student gain power in this exchange of information and both end up better off.
The teacher gains trust and credibility and the consumer gains the ability exercise their own free will through having an abundance of information.
The point of this post is simply this: Whatever information you possess that will benefit others, share it openly with the world. Good things will find their way back to you. Call it karma, call it blessings, call it whatever you want; but it … Read the rest
The OMA Program focuses on your career success and it begins with creating a vision and a plan. Our new, innovative and structured approach to career success, life fulfillment, and balance, creates measurable benefits for individuals and organizations.
These programs are designed to assist you in answering questions key to your career success and help you if you want to continue your education. They are in line with college requirements and are endorsed by adult education organizations that help people prepare for the GED exam. As you answer these questions, you achieve greater focus toward your future.
This focus creates the road map to increased career success, decreased stress and increased balance. We offer programs that meet your needs. From individual coaching to assessments and workshops, all are designed to fit your schedule and achieve ultimate career success.
They work to help people succeed in their work and in their lives. When people are in positions to do what they do best every day and when they can see a direct connection between their personal vision and their company’s mission, then no obstacles can stand in their way.
As a result, the companies we work with typically recognize profound … Read the rest
One at a time, Maria Vasquez’s children crossed the treacherous border into the U.S.
They were fleeing violence and poverty in Guatemala, and lured to New Jersey with the prospect of getting reunified with their mother in Union County and start a new life.
Two of Maria’s children crossed the frontier all by themselves, alone, and as unaccompanied minors.
The children got caught by U.S. Border Patrol officers, who sent them on to New Jersey, where they soon encountered a new barrier: sign up for public school!
Maria Vasquez’ children are two of the more than 5000 unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador that were placed with sponsor families in New Jersey by the federal government since end 2013.
An estimated seventy children are staying in various communities in Monmouth County, but the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement is not reporting counties where under fifty migrant children got resettled, such as Ocean County.
Across America, there are more than 100,000 unaccompanied minors staying with sponsor families. They are expected to go to school while seeking legal status in a U.S. Immigration Court.
Bear in mind that these numbers do NOT include include minors who did cross the border … Read the rest