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Multimedia Resources for Projects

When using multimedia in student projects, classroom materials, or class websites, it’s important to have appropriate permission to use them. Here are a few resources to help find clip art, photographs, videos and music with usage rights that allow their use in your classroom.

Open Clip Art – http://www.openclipart.org – A collection of clip art images that have all been released into the public domain.

Pixabay.com – Vector art and images in the public domain (beware of the first row of sponsored Shutterstock images above the free images)

Royalty Free Music – http://www.incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/- Royalty free music clips – great for multimedia projects. Search by style, tempo, etc.

National Park Service B-Roll Video – http://www.nps.gov/pub_aff/video/index.html Video of landscapes, flora, fauna and more from US National Parks – all in the public domain.

Stockfootageforfree.com – Free to use video clips of various subjects

Would you like to have a discussion with your students about copyright? Common Sense media has a free lesson that can spark some great student discussion. Just register with the site for free to have access to the lesson materials: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/copyrights-and-wrongs

Tip from Tiffany Brand

By |December 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Multimedia Resources for Projects

Five Minute Activities

Five Minute Activities: A Resource Book of Short Activities by Penny Ur and Andrew Wright, Cambridge University Press, 1992, is a little gem. These activities not only are good warm-ups, but also they contain ideas that could be expanded into full lessons by a creative teacher. Although some of the ideas are a little silly, others are truly inspired. In this thin volume, you’ll find 100 ideas that can really spice up your ESOL or even your ABE classroom. This is a great little volume to keep in your school book bag or in your desk at school. The activities are just right when you’ve finished the lesson early or when you’re waiting for some stragglers to get to class.

Tip from Susan Bubp

By |December 7th, 2016|ABE, ESOL|Comments Off on Five Minute Activities

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

Using YouTube to Encourage Adult English Learners to Read with their Kids

By |December 5th, 2016|Technology|Comments Off on Tech Tips for Teachers Blog

A few close reading tips

Teaching your students to be close readers doesn’t have to be complicated if you teach them a few strategies at a time. Learning this process will enable our HiSET students not only to deepen their comprehension of difficult texts, but also they will learn to cite and refer to text for their persuasive essays.

When we do a close reading activity, we do little in the way pre-reading activities with our students. In fact, it is even recommended that the teacher does not pre-teach “unknown” vocabulary prior to a close reading. Rather, the student becomes a detective and ferrets out the meaning. The teacher sets the specific purpose for the reading and asks the students to read.

But modeling your own close reading of a text must come before students are asked to do this on their own. Showing students how you would “attack” an article that you wanted to absorb is crucial. Show them and narrate every step of your thinking as you mark up a text. For many students, marking up a text is a foreign concept, so start by simply numbering the paragraphs. Next show how the article can be “chunked,” that is how several paragraphs may form idea units. For instance are the first three paragraphs introducing the author’s thesis? Are the following three showing the evidence for the claim, and the last two summing up?

Next, circle new vocabulary, key terms and key words—those that are repeated again and again or those ideas that are defined by the author. Another part of marking up the text is underlining. Teach students to underline only the ideas that they want to take from the text. This will take lots of practice because in some texts, […]

By |November 30th, 2016|HiSET, Reading|Comments Off on A few close reading tips

Word Cards Get Students Moving

A fun way to get students up and moving, practicing reading and listening while capitalizing on kinesthetic learning is to give each student a stack of several words, each written on a separate card. You read a sentence and the student(s) who has/have one of the words in the sentence you read must come to the front of the room and arrange themselves in the same order as the sentence you said while holding their word card in front of them. To make this fun, use new vocabulary words or give the dictated sentence unusual word order so there is a bigger challenge. Another variation of this game is starting the sentence with a short phrase. Students who have a word that would make sense after the initial phrase come up one at a time to complete a sentence. For instance, you might say or write the phrase THE OLD CAR and students must find words to make it into a complete sentence such as: THE OLD CAR DROVE SLOWLY DOWN THE CROWDED STREET. Don’t forget to include punctuation mark cards in the sets.

Tip from Susan Bubp

By |November 23rd, 2016|Speaking, Vocabulary|Comments Off on Word Cards Get Students Moving

Different Ways to Teach and Reach Struggling Math

Check out the following manual for practical information and new ideas about looking at different ways to teach and reach struggling math


A Manual for Teaching Basic Math to Adults: Changing the Way We Teach Math by Kate Nonesuch
A free 117 page PDF file
Chapters include: Hands-On Learning, Group Work, and Activities for Students

Tip from Denise Reddington

By |November 15th, 2016|Math|Comments Off on Different Ways to Teach and Reach Struggling Math

HiSET Website

More and more information is becoming available about the On the ETS website, www.HiSet.org, there are many new items for both students and teachers. Now available is an informative 10 minute test overview video and a 10 page study companion for students. Students can find interactive practice tests that provide immediate feedback as well as free practice tests. If you work with HiSET students, be sure to check out this site.

Tip from Denise Reddington

By |November 8th, 2016|HiSET, Teacher Resources|Comments Off on HiSET Website

Homework Check and Tutors

It is important that students learn to use their new skills outside of the classroom. After all, isn’t that why they are in class, to learn how to better communicate in the real world? This is where homework comes in. As adult ESL teachers we also know that students have very busy lives outside of class and may not get to do their homework each time it is assigned, but that it is important that they learn to use outside of class what they are learning in class.

As you take the time to review the homework in a following class you find not all have done it, or maybe there are lots of questions from some and none from others (multilevel class enters here!). We also know that having the right answers doesn’t always mean there is comprehension.

This is one way to check homework comprehension and tie it to the real world.

Prepare an answer key or have a TE with answers available for the students as soon as they come to class. The early students get to check first, and check in with each other, on those they didn’t get right. Many times students can explain answers to each other and as more students come in they all become homework tutors! During this time the teacher can work with students who may need teacher time or sit and listen as students explain things to each other. For the teacher, this can be an evaluation of how much the students learned and what needs to be re-taught or reviewed.

If some groups finish a bit earlier there can be a topic of the day to be discussed that will lead to more community building within the class. […]

By |November 1st, 2016|ESOL, Homework, Reading, Speaking|Comments Off on Homework Check and Tutors

Reading for specific information

This idea was thought of for ESL students learning to read in English but certainly can be used in any discipline, ABE, HiSET or AHS.

Many ESL students feel they need to know every word on the page in order to understand what they are reading. Learning to skim or scan is hard as they want to learn as much as they can and as many words as they can. It is important for them to learn that reading is for ideas and concepts and if they stop with each word that is new, they will learn words, but not comprehend what they are reading.

In small groups or pairs have student talk about the topic of what they will read. This could be the headlines of a newspaper story or the story title for example. On the board write a True/False statement from the story that you feel will give the students a good idea of the reading. Students will read the statement and then know what they need to focus on as they read. They can highlight, underline or write in a notebook the line(s) that support their answer.

Follow-up with class discussions and/or writing supporting the line they chose. It is important to have students know that they can be “right” as long as they support their answer. This can lead to a lot of conversation and discussion. In an ESL class if using a newspaper, it will also touch upon American Culture.

Tip from Christine Powers

By |October 25th, 2016|ABE, Adult High School, All Levels, HiSET, Reading|Comments Off on Reading for specific information

Build Class Community

Think of the beginning of the school year or semester as a gathering of people you might know but don’t know each other. If you invited a mixed group of friends to your home what do you do to insure they meet each other, chat and feel comfortable? If you think of your class in this light you will start to build a community of learners! Students will be more comfortable with each other and ready to take on a challenge or give things a try and not fear making errors. Errors are how we all learn!

It is important that learners see the value of each activity. In a typical ESL class, students are asked their names, country, language, career/job and perhaps a bit about their family. If this is not their first ESL class try to imagine how many times they have been asked these questions! Here are a few suggestions for getting this information without directly asking.

Start with names as we all like our names to be used when spoken to or about, and it will lead to answering many of the other questions without asking!

Who were you named for or do you know why you were given your name?
What do you think of when you hear your name – is there a memory of a friend or family member calling your name?
Write your name and then draw something or cut a picture of something you like for each letter. C-Carrot H-hydrangea R-running I-ice cream E-eight
Cut out the letters of your name from a magazine and paste them on a name tent at your seat for all to see.
Have you changed your name? Why?

Students can then talk more […]

By |October 18th, 2016|Community-Building, ESOL|Comments Off on Build Class Community