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Writing for Postsecondary Transitions: COABE Discussion, Thursday April 12


What writing do adult students need to do for successful post-secondary transition?

How can teachers prepare them to do it?

Writing content expert Peggy McGuire will lead participants at the National COABE Conference in exploring these questions during a double session Thursday, April 12 from 10:45 am – noon and 1:45 – 3 pm.

During her session, Peggy plans to lead a discussion of:

  • the writing process
  • writing purposes/audiences/tasks relevant to post-secondary education
  • what it means to write effectively for post-secondary transition (skills and experiences needed)

Her session will also include discussions of ‘how to teach’ writing for post-secondary purposes/audiences/tasks, and will engage participants in activities designed to support  adult students’ development as writers who write effectively for post-secondary transition.

In preparation for her session, and for those of us NOT able to attend, we ask you to reflect on the following questions and then please  post a comment in response:

What kinds of writing have *you* needed to do to get into college/university or for any postsecondary courses you have taken? What writing skills did *you* need to be successful in classes?

We look forward to reading about your college-level writing experiences!

Again, Peggy’s session is Thursday, April 12 from 10:45 am – noon and 1:45 – 3 pm, and is currently scheduled for the Marriott III.  Be on the look out for a follow up post on her COABE session here on EFFTIPS!

 


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The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is hosting their Annual Conference in Norfolk, Virginia April 9th – 13, 2012.  For more information visit: http://www.coabeinvirginia2012.org/
You can also check out this link to the full conference program book  [pdf format].

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Changing Our Math Practices: Moving Toward the Common Core Standards


Do you, like many adult educators, face challenges in the classroom when it comes to preparing learners to meet the math demands of daily life and to be college and career ready?

The Adult Numeracy Network would like to help!

During an all-day pre-conference Workshop at the National COABE Conference, the Adult Numeracy Network will bring adult ed practitioners together for a full day to focus on topics concerning the improvement of numeracy/mathematics learning and teaching. This year, the intent is for participants to delve into what the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics might look like when implemented in their adult education classes – at all levels.

While the Common Core State Standards were designed for the K-12 audience, they will be an integral part of the new GED test in 2014. In case you are not familiar with them, these standards for mathematical practice are:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments & critique the reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

As standards, each of the above skills can be implemented at ALL levels of mathematics instruction, and with many different math topics/procedures. ANN’s focus on this topic leads us to wonder:

   >  What standards or curriculum guides do you use in designing your math instruction?
Do you currently base instruction on the Common Core Standards for Mathematics? The EFF
  Use Math to Solve Problems and Communicate Standard? Something else?

   >  What does standards-based mathematics instruction look like in your classes?
How do standards help you face challenges in preparing learners to meet the math demands of daily life and to be college and career ready?

As two of our EFFTIPS math content experts – Aaron Kohring and Donna Curry – serve in leadership roles with the Adult Numeracy Network, we plan to bring back and share ideas from ANN’s COABE pre-conference session via this blog. In the meantime, however, we’d like to hear from you about the standards you use for mathematics instruction and how you implement instruction based on those standards.

Your experiences and comments are integral to this blog – please share!


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The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) is hosting their Annual Conference in Norfolk, Virginia April 9th – 13, 2012.

The Adult Numeracy Network Annual Meeting and Institute  will be held at COABE during a pre-conference session on April 10, 2012 from 8:30am – 4pm (lunch provided).

For more information visit: http://www.coabeinvirginia2012.org/pre-conference-workshops.html