Discussion: Podcasts to support learning

Do you listen to podcasts? Have you thought about incorporating podcasts into your classroom instruction? Increasing in popularity since 2004, podcasts are now a mainstream resource and when integrated into classroom expectations, they can help students build background knowledge in a variety of areas. Podcasts are a simple way to integrate technology in the classroom and help students really learn ‘on the go.’

Discussion: ICYMI: November Discussions and Looking Toward December

We are well into our semester and The Evidence Based Professional Development Community of Practice had multiple discussions. Check them out: 

Discussion: Teacher Burnout....What do you do?

Teacher burnout occurs when we feel highly stressed and / or emotionally exhausted. Current studies and research indicate that teachers experience high levels of job related stress daily as they try to meet the educational / social-emotional / or physical well being of students. As many of us are struggling at this point of the academic year, how are you feeling? How are you dealing with teacher burnout?   

Let's share your thoughts and ideas. I'd love to hear how you are addressing teacher burnout in your world, or for your staff. 

Discussion: LINCS Courses for Science Instruction

Did you know the LINCS Learning Portal is an open-access, web-based  learning platform that enables learners, instructors, and organizations to access online learning opportunities. There are several Science based courses for consideration. I invite you to check them out. 

The opportunities: 

Discussion: Chronic Absenteeism in Adult Education

Chronic absenteeism is gaining national attention as we look at this impact on school success for students. Absenteeism is gaining attention of the U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. Kinng, Jr. He states,"Missing school leads to low academic achievement and triggers drop outs. Millions of young people are missing opportunities in postsecondary education, good careers and a chance to experience the American dream." If students struggle with participation in traditional public school, how can we expect these patterns to change in adult education? 

Discussion: Should we teach spelling in adult education?

Is spelling an important topic to teach in adult education? In How the English Language is Holding Kids Back, the article sates, "English-speaking children then spend years progressing through different reading levels and mastering the spelling of more and more words.

Discussion: ICYMI: October Discussions and November Previews

In October, we had several weekly discussions. Before we start our November thoughts, take a moment to reflect on some of the ideas, resources and topics shared. We began the month with a question about how to Submit a Successful Call for Proposal and Develop Conference Sessions. For our professional development providers, feel free to share a tip or strategy that leads to good sessions!

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Discussion: The Role of Libraries in Adult Literacy Education

In today's ever-changing and technology driven world, we often hear the question - Do we still need libraries? I thoroughly enjoyed reading Do We Need Librarians Now That We Have The Internet?. The author states, "For centuries, the librarian’s job was providing scarce information to dependent patrons. Now, the job is helping patrons navigate superabundant information of wildly varying quality and uncertain provenance.

Discussion: Micro Learning: A new way to provide professional development or classroom instruction?

We have all seen these great, short, and easy to follow videos that demonstrate how to craft or cook. These videos are wildly popular and they reflect a new trend in learning, Micro learning.  Micro Learning is a type of instruction that is tied to a very specific performance objective, aimed at teaching one concept, changing one behavior, or exploring one idea.

Discussion: Are we afraid to let students fail?

A recent blog post, Are We Afraid to Let Students Make Mistakes, Maryellen Weimer discusses the challenge teachers experience when letting students make mistakes. While we know the learning gains made from mistakes, educators may feel “responsible for protecting and controlling student learning experiences.” The research Weimer discusses deals with science-based inquiry, but she believes the same concerns exist in all instructional environments.

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