Hello colleagues, Some of you might be familiar with the Teaching Skills That Matter (TSTM) project. If you are not familiar with TSTM, I want to invite you to check out the TSTM toolkit and the two videos, featuring the amazing Lia Olsen, that have been uploaded to LINCS. Lia teaches a multi-level ESL class in St. Paul, MN. The videos are brief (7 minutes). In one video, Lia is teaching a Project-based lesson, and in the other video, we see Lia teaching a Problem-based lesson to her class.
Last year was the pilot year for TSTM with 5 states participating. This year, 18 more states have come on board. The TSTM toolkit features amazing lessons plans that focus on 5 content areas that are relevant to the adults in our classrooms: digital literacy, civics education, financial literacy, workplace preparation and health literacy.
The project emphasizes the value and importance of integrating 9 central skills, i.e., skills that we all continue to hone throughout our lives, into daily instruction.
The 9 central skills include:
- critical thinking
- processing & analyzing information
- navigating systems
- adaptability and willingness to learn
- interpersonal skills
- respecting differences & diversity
The ready-made TSTM lessons are designed using 3 approaches that research has shown to be effective and, as many adult educators know, these approaches are highly motivating to adult learners: Project-based Learning, Problem-based Learning and Integrated and Contextualized Learning.
Take care, Susan Finn Miller
Moderator, English Language Acquisition CoP