The Adult Basic Education Teacher's Toolkit
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to The ABE Teacher's Toolkit
Problems with Traditional Approaches to Teaching Literacy Skills
Purpose of this Manual
Organization of this Manual
Chapter 2: Some Anticipated Questions
Organization of this Chapter
One Student's Example
What can I expect the beginning adult learner to be like?
What are some of the immediate concerns of educationally disadvantaged adult learners as they first enter a program?
How do I learn the skill levels of students entering my program?
Should I teach adults in the same ways children are taught?
How do I as a teacher of adult learners create an environment in which positive learning experiences can occur?
How do I develop a learning plan that provides the opportunities adults need to participate in the learning process?
What if the group doesn't work well together?
What are the important things to consider in assisting students as they practice reading skills?
How can I help students as they practice writing?
What about math?
Certain skills are considered basic-don't students have to master these basic skills before moving on to more "advanced" work?
What kinds of tests should I use to assess student gains?
What can I do to help students with learning disabilities?
Are there any other tips I should know before I begin?
Chapter 3: Facilitating Adult Learning in a Holistic, Participatory Classroom: A Model
Using Learner Themes
Finding Learners' Themes
Finding Learners' Themes A Sample Scenario
Exploring the Theme
Exploring the Theme A Sample Scenario
Extending the Theme to Action
Extending the Theme to Action A Sample Scenario
Evaluating Accomplishments and Determining Further Action
Evaluating A Sample Scenario
Chapter 4: The Teacher's Toolbox
Strategies for Comprehension
Core Thinking Skills
Chapter 5: Reading Skills Toolbox
Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (DR-TA)
Guided Writing Procedure
Language Experience Variations
Response Options for Narrative Texts
Reading-Writing Think Sheets
Chapter 6: Writing Skills Toolbox
Rewriting or Revising
Guidelines for Process Writing (Cautions and Comments)
Guidelines for Journal Writing (Cautions and Comments)
Guidelines, Cautions, and Comments for Collaborative Writing
Chapter 7: Computing Skills Toolbox
Connecting Mathematics to Experience
Word Lists and Math Vocabulary
A Strategy for Analyzing Word Problems
Example of Analysis Form
Modeling How to Read Word Problems
How to Read Passively
Holistic Instruction in Mathematics for Adult Basic Education
Some Myths About Learning Math
Learning Theory and Mathematics
Summary of Learning Theory and Mathematics
Some Reasons Adult Learners Want to Improve Their Math Skills
Some Guiding Principles for Holistic Mathematics Instruction
Some Examples of Holistic Instruction Activities in Mathematics
Summary of the Instructional Benefits to Writing in Math
Writing Activities for Mathematics
Personalized Problems and Concept Definitions
Expressing Feelings and Attitudes
Real Life Math
Appendix A: Forms
Appendix B: Valuable Resources for Further Information
Appendix C: References
List of Figures
Figure 2-1: Model of Reading Program
Figure 3-1: Using learner-centered themes to guide learning activities
Figure 6-1: Example of branching or mind mapping
Figure 6-2: Detailed example of mind mapping