In October and November, we have held two Webinars and discussions relating to developing writing skills among adult native and non-native English speakers, led by Susan Finn-Miller and guest experts, Joy Peytonand and Kirsten Schaetzel. Several questions were raised in those webinars and discussions that deserve further attention.
In October and November, we have held two Webinars and discussions relating to developing writing skills among adult native and non-native English speakers, led by Susan Finn-Miller and guest experts, Joy Peyton and and Kirsten Schaetzel. In addition to offering wonderful resources and suggestions on the topics, several questions were raised in those Webinars and discussions that deserve further attention, don't you agree?
For those familiar with Student-Centered Learning (SCL), the idea of giving students options for how they wish to learn is not new. Providing students with time and ways to work independently or in small groups is one way to introduce choice; however, there are many other ways to diversify the learning experience of our extremely diverse adult learners.
Are you a good listener? A great listener? Do you know what it means to be very successful in "listening" to students? Do you teach your students how to be better listeners? Do you practice great listening skills? Do they? Do you self-assess your own listening skills? Do you assess your students' listening skills? Do you ask them to assess yours?
Hello colleagues, Cognitive science has a lot to say about how we learn. Many teachers are aware of the importance of metacognition, or thinking about thinking. In addition, according to Dr. Pooja Argarwal and her colleagues (2018), asking students to retrieve what they have learned --often and in various ways-- can make a big difference in building their knowledge. Among the ways to engage learners in retrieval practice are administering regular mini quizzes and using clickers for high tech, or posing questions and having students respond by raising cards for low tech.
What are you doing for reentry programming? I invite you to review the Reentry Education Framework. The image comes from this report and illustrates the process from entrance into the criminal justice system to sustainable employment. Then,consider the Roles of Corrections in Reentry. If this role is really rehabilitation and reentry, are we having a significant impact?
Today's Webinar presented by Dr. Kirsten Schaetzel provided excellent guidelines for using writing-test prompts to develop writing skills. Don't forget to mark your calendars to participate in this follow-up discussion!