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LINCS Resource for Science and Math

Starting a new academic year brings both new challenges and new resources. I'd like to share a resource from the LINCS collection. Interactivate is a set of free web-based resources for Math and Science instruction focused on modeling. There are 187 math lessons, but the lessons on modeling are particularly recommended for adult education classes. 

Using Extreme Weather to Teach Science Concepts

Mark Twain once said, "In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours." Getting students engaged in science instruction often requires connecting current local events to broader scientific concepts and as we enter spring, it can be a time of rapid weather changes - giving us opportunities to make the science and real world connections.

COABE - Sessions and Discussions

Hi All, 

I will be heading to Florida on Sunday - but for those who are able to attend, I am sharing all of the Science and Health Literacy related sessions. For those who are not able to attend, I will be sharing information learned from as many sessions as possible. 

Sunday: Pre Session: 

  • P308 - Scientific Inquiry and the GED(r) Science Test. (Presenters: Bonnie Goonen andSusan Pittman) 


What can we do about the opioid epidemic? Is this our concern in adult education?


As many of you may be aware, our country is in the middle of an Opioid epidemic that is virtually unprecedented. With over 33,000 people dying in 2015, this problem has touched every community throughout the United States. What does this mean for adult educators? What does this mean for our students? Are you addressing this concerning health problem in your classroom or program? If so, how? 

Below are two resources that may help:

Building Science Vocabulary to Build Academic Success

When is background knowledge a barrier in Science education?

Prior knolwege is required for deep learning. It allows us to make sense out of new information. But what happens when a student's prior knowledge is incomplete or incorrect? These misconceptions can hinder a learners' progress in skill mastery in a specific content area such as Science.

What are focusing activities and how can they be used in science education?

A focusing activity is a way to immediately draw students attention when beginning class or transitioning to a new subject. Beginning instruction with this type of activity allows you to minimize distractions, maintain learning momentum, and maximize teaching / learning time. Ideas of focusing activiites include starting with collaborative discussions, generating discussion, or starting the instruction with a brief assessment. What types of focusing activities do you use in science education? 

One Ocean Science Lesson

This National Geographic Resource is found in our LINCS collection and is appropriate for students. I'd like to invite you to check it out and let us know how you would use it your classroom.

  • How do you use the Resources in LINCS?
  • Will this one help you in your Science class?
  • Would you like to have links like this shared weekly?

I'd love to learn more about your expectations for the Science Community of Practice. 


ICYMI: September Discussions and Resources

It seems like we blinked and September sped by. In case you missed some of Science discussions and resources, here’s a synopsis of what happened.

FREE ONLINE Conference: Visualizing Information with Communication Science Tools

  • Date: 
    Monday, October 24, 2016 - 1:00pm

The American Institute for Research (AIR) Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) is hosting a free, online conference October 24, 26, and 28th. However, registration is limited to the first 250 people. Registration closes on October 21, 2016. 

By participating in the conference, you will learn how to increase the use of evidence based research findings through knowledge translation activities. Below is the agenda for Monday, October 24th.  


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