This is a fraction game between two students using a deck of cards. First, remove all jokers and face cards. Explain that the aces equal the number one. Place the remaining cards face down (still in the deck) between the two players.

The first player chooses the top card. This card becomes his denominator. The second card he chooses becomes the numerator. Then, player number two chooses a denominator and a numerator. The players continue to take turns and record their fractions until they add up to one whole or over one whole. This total gives them 5 points. The first player to reach 15 points wins.

Tip from Elise Hood

## Avoiding Assignment Abandonment

Many students need to learn that the word “due” has great importance in the academic world. When something is due, it is time to pass in. If students can master this simple three letter word, then their personal life will become much more manageable. If students can learn that an assignment is due, and if it is not done there are consequences, then they are more readily accepting that bills are due, rent/mortgage is due, and so on.

Here are a few suggestions to reinforce the concept of “due”:

Collect it: when the time is up, collect what the student has done. If they want to finish at home, take what they have done, and let them continue at home, but at least you will have in hand what they have done.
Call home and leave yourself a message.
Text yourself and leave yourself a message.
Email yourself and leave yourself a message.
Back up all computer work.

Tip from Robin Letendre

By |February 7th, 2017|ABE, Diploma, ESOL, HiSET, Organization|Comments Off on Avoiding Assignment Abandonment

## The Three-Ring Binder

This is an organizational strategy that allows students to keep all of their materials in one place and accessible. If students can “buy into” this strategy, their academic life can become much more manageable.

To have a three-ring binder work best, students must have it divided into sections, use dividers with pockets, a plastic pouch for pencils, pens, and a calculator, and a calendar.

If a student does not understand the need for organization, then this strategy will not work.

Once the student sees that carrying around a three-ring binder with all of their important notes, papers, and assignments is actually helpful, they are more apt to use it.

Tip from Robin Letendre

By |January 30th, 2017|ABE, Diploma, ESOL, GED, Organization|Comments Off on The Three-Ring Binder

## Sentence-by-Sentence

Tip From: Robin Letendre, LD Mentor

This is a fun, hands-on strategy that allows students to see their writing take shape.

In this strategy, you will need post-it notes, but if you do not have access to post-it notes, index cards or cut up recycled paper works fine.

In this strategy, you want students to write one sentence per post-it note, index card, or piece of paper.

Tell students to keep in mind this process while they are writing.

Once the students have finished writing on their post-it notes, index cards, or paper, have them place their sentences one by one on their desk.

This is a kinesthetic and tactile experience.  It allows the students to see their writing take place, and it allows them ease in moving sentences around and making edits to their writing, without having to rewrite the entire essay.

Once students have placed their post-it notes, index cards or pieces of paper in the order they want, they are now free to write their good copy.

By |January 16th, 2017|Writing|Comments Off on Sentence-by-Sentence

## Anywhere Bookmarks with Diigo

If you are someone who works on multiple computers and devices during the day, keeping track of bookmarks can be a challenge. http://www.diigo.com is a tool that will allow you to access and create bookmarks from any computer or mobile device. It also lets you keyword tag your bookmarks so you can categorize them and make them easily searchable. You can log into your free Diigo account from any Internet connected device, see all of your bookmarks, and create more from websites that you visit.

I also use Diigo in conjunction with my Twitter account. I follow many educators on Twitter, and often they mention great resources that I would like to use later. Using Diigo’s “Save Favorite Tweets” tool – https://www.diigo.com/tools/save_tweets – every Tweet I favorite (by clicking the star button) will automatically become a bookmark in my Diigo account.

Here’s a video tutorial on Diigo: https://vimeo.com/113965961

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |January 15th, 2017|Technology|Comments Off on Anywhere Bookmarks with Diigo

## Using Science Videos Effectively in the Classroom

We often use video to bring science from the real world into our classrooms, but how can we ensure that students are learning from these videos? Derek Muller has a great TED talk about what makes up a science video that truly helps students learn science concepts – https://youtu.be/RQaW2bFieo8

He talks about the misconceptions that students often have about common science concepts. Muller’s video site – Veritasium https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium – has a great series of videos which shed light on common science misconceptions through discussion – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL772556F1EFC4D01C

David Rosen from World Education also wrote an article on the Tech Tips for Teachers website about using a mind mapping tool to help students engage with science videos: http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/blog/watch-a-video-and-make-a-mind-map-with-coggle

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |January 8th, 2017|Technology|Comments Off on Using Science Videos Effectively in the Classroom

## Spring Web Room ESOL Student Created Videos

With smartphones and tablets becoming more popular, students have video recording and editing capabilities in the palms of their hands. Instead of just watching educational videos, they can engage in the English language by scripting and creating their own.

See some examples of student created ESOL videos from the Spring International Language Center: http://www.spring.edu/webroom/video.html

Here is a PowerPoint presentation on their video creation unit plan: http://www.spring.edu/webroom/Rohrbach_YouTube.ppt

Want to create videos with your students? Check out these resources:

Overview of video editing apps for iOS, PC, Mac, and Android: http://edtechteacher.org/apps/video/

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |January 2nd, 2017|ESOL, Technology|Comments Off on Spring Web Room ESOL Student Created Videos

## Suggestions for teaching spelling to students with LD

Tip From: Susan Bubp, Adult Learner Services Mentor

Many of our students struggle with spelling issues; they are frustrated by their inability to spell even the simplest words. Although many of them will never become expert spellers, we can help them to feel that they have a better understanding of the complexities of English spelling by following some of these excellent suggestions found on LD Online.

Provide systematic phonics instruction that incorporates teaching of phonemic awareness. Although this kind of instruction alone will not be enough to make students flawless spellers, phonemic awareness and phonics knowledge form an essential base for accurate spelling in English.
Teach common irregular words from the earliest stages of spelling. It is virtually impossible to generate a complete sentence without common irregular words such as of, what, and were. Therefore, it is important to begin teaching these kinds of words early, as one part of a more comprehensive spelling program. Multisensory techniques involving repeated tracing and saying of words can be especially helpful for introducing irregular words.
Teach useful spelling rules. Although many English words do not conform to consistent rules, some generalizations are very helpful to students, such as rules for adding endings to words with a silent e (make, making) or to closed syllables that end in a single consonant (sit, sitting).
Teach spelling of important grade-appropriate words. Because many English words cannot be spelled solely through the use of rules or phonics knowledge, spelling instruction also should include studying a corpus of important words needed for accurate spelling at each grade level.
Emphasize activities that involve writing or building printed words with letter tiles, not oral spelling. Oral spelling activities, such as traditional spelling bees, usually are not […]

By |January 2nd, 2017|Spelling|Comments Off on Suggestions for teaching spelling to students with LD

## Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

There are many educational technology blogs with great tips for using technology in the classroom, but the Tech Tips for Teachers Blog is unique in its focus on adult education. This blog is run by the folks at World Education, and features many great tips, lessons, and ideas for using technology in the adult education classroom.

The main website is: http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/

Some great articles include:

Using Discussion Boards in the Classroom – http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/blog/using-discussion-boards-in-the-classroom

A Revolution: Adding Activities to Any YouTube – http://techtipsforteachers.weebly.com/blog/a-revolution-adding-activities-to-any-youtube – How to use the free Zaption.com website to add discussion questions and interactivity to any YouTube video – great for class discussions and flipped classroom video lessons.

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |December 30th, 2016|All Levels, Technology|Comments Off on Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

## Look – Remember – Tell

Tip From: Chris Powers, ESL Mentor

All students need and want to increase their vocabulary. It takes many times of seeing words before they can be used by a student. The more activities and way to recycle vocabulary the better!

This activity is good when presenting a new story or topic. It allows for individuals to absorb as much or as little as they can but increases active time with the vocabulary as it is discussed in small groups.

Choose 10 to 15 words from a reading or topic that you will be working with.
Scramble the words on a piece of paper and give each student a copy face down.
When you say go have each student turn the paper over and study the words. Usually 15-20 seconds depending on the number of words and level of the students.
Next have the students individually write as many words as they remember. Then ask them to write words they think go with the words that they remembered.
Working in pairs or small groups have the students talk about what they think the reading will be about and if the level and time permit write a few sentences on the topic.

Give out a copy of the text to each student and allow time for them to read. Discuss which words they find hard and which words they think the scramble will help them to remember and why.

Remember that the number of words you use to scramble will depend on the level of your students and the length of the reading you will be presenting.

By |December 28th, 2016|ESL, ESOL|Comments Off on Look – Remember – Tell