DAY 1 - KYAE Skills U Lesson Bank Three-Day Discussion!
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DAY 1 PROMPT for Monday, July 9th, 2018
Welcome, Bethany VanHoose Rudd and Susan Roberts, content developers for Kentucky Adult Education Skills (KYAE) U Lesson Bank. Welcome, Sharon Johnston, Director of College and Career Prep for Kentucky Skills U. And a hearty welcome to all participants as well who will be dialoguing about the topics that we will cover in the next three days!
- Bethany VanHoose Rudd is a National Board-Certified Teacher and a regular contributor to the Kentucky Adult Education Skills U Lesson Bank. A Paintsville native, Bethany earned a Bachelor’s in secondary English teaching and a Masters in English from Eastern Kentucky University. She taught high school English at Johnson Central and Montgomery County High Schools before deciding to stay home with her young children. Bethany says, “I like writing lessons because, although I am not teaching, I am still impacting student learning.” In addition, Bethany especially enjoys creating writing lessons that help students go through each step of the writing process.
- Susan Roberts of SCR Consulting https://www.scr.consulting/ is also a regular contributor to the Kentucky Adult Education Skills U Lesson Bank. She is a trainer, teacher, author, and lifelong learner with 10+ years of adult education instructional leadership and curriculum experience. She works with programs across the country to help make standards-based, contextualized instruction a seamless and, most importantly, fun process. While she is often seen talking to large audiences, her favorite part of her work is helping make teachers’ jobs easier. Susan is also a LINCS trainer in Career Pathways.
- Sharon Johnston is the Director of College and Career Prep at Kentucky Skills U, a position she has held for a little over a year. For four years prior to that appointment, Sharon served as a Senior Associate for Skills U, focusing on integrated education and training models and supporting instructors in contextualizing instruction for both workforce preparation and occupation training and education.
We are very fortunate to have all three of you join us here for three days of learning and exploration
B. Questions to Guests
- The KY Skills U Lesson Bank provides a number of items that include helpful details for instructors, depending on the goals of the students they serve. Each lesson follows a template http://lessonbank.kyae.ky.gov/lesson-templates/ adapted from the Standards-in-Action guidance for high-quality instruction that is relevant and engaging for adult learners. How do you approach starting the process of planning each lesson to fit different templates and learner needs?
- What do you find most challenging about creating plans designed to engage current populations of adult learners?
- All lesson plans in the Lesson Bank integrate instruction to address both academic and workforce readiness skills relevant to the lives of adult learners. How do you approach that integration or contextualization?
- What aspects do you consider to be missing from most other lesson plans that you read?
Please add other comments as you consider today’s discussion.
C. Invitation for Day 1 Participation –Dear participants, select a lesson from the Bank that you might use with adult learners.
- Please join the Lesson Plan Bank and follow instructions to get started. http://lessonbank.kyae.ky.gov/login/ If you haven’t done so before, please visit the following resources on the KYAE Lesson Bank site and explore the following content:
- Review the criteria listed for a top-rated lesson plan. http://lessonbank.kyae.ky.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/RLA-Evaluation-Rubric.pdf. Reflect on what aspects would serve you in developing a plan for your students.
- Select a lesson from “Reasoning through Language Arts Lessons: Reading and Writing Lessons.” http://lessonbank.kyae.ky.gov/lessons/rla/ - (Chose another area if you prefer.) Select One level and one lesson that you have used or might use with adult learners. You will notice a box to the right of the screen, which provides you a link to download the complete lesson in PDF or Word; you can also download a “streamlined” version that includes all of the same information in a condensed format. The full versions provide more structure for the purpose of each section and are helpful for those who are new to adult education.
- Post your selection below and comment on your choice. Include ideas on what you might add should you implement the lesson. Comment on what others have posted if you find comments relevant to your practice.
You are invited to also ask questions and respond to comments posted by our guest experts in this forum. Let's get this dialogue started!!!
Leecy Wise, Moderator
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