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Comfort vs Learning?

COMFORT...that seems to be a word I hear so often when working with educators. "I'm not comfortable with ...", "I need more time to get comfortable with ...", "Do you think the kids will be comfortable with ..." Well, it turns out that discomfort may just be our canary that helps us indicate that learning of some sort is actually taking place instead of simply enduring and event. Perhaps for that 'life long learning' we espouse, one needs to learn how to establish at least some level of discomfort in all that we do?

online resource for teaching grammar

Hello colleagues, I've never been one to use a lot of worksheets in my instruction; however, I think that a worksheet can be useful for giving students practice with grammar. I'll sometimes use a worksheet as a homework assignment.

Are you familiar with All Things Grammar? At this site, there are lots of free resources, including Find Someone activities, Question strips, and games for speaking practice. Most of the materials seem to be relevant to adults.

Tips to Engage and Inspire Adult Learners

Hello colleagues, What would you say are the most important principles of adult learning that guide your practice? I recently read a list of "tips to engage and inspire adult learners," and I found many of the tips on the list to be in line with my own principles of adult learning.

Christopher Pappas' blog is specific to an online learning context, but for me most of the ideas are relevant to any group of adult learners whether online or face-to-face. Do you agree?

Help us bring the Power in Numbers initiative to SXSW EDU 2019

Voting is open for the SXSW EDU 2019 PanelPicker! Every year, SXSW asks the public to vote on which session ideas to bring to SXSW EDU in Austin, Texas. The Power in Numbers initiative wants to share how OER can transform learning outcomes in adult education. We encourage the LINCS community to vote for the Power in Numbers panel here

ELA SEI Teacher and ABE teacher



I am teaching a young adult ELA SEI class to newcomers, most spanish speaking males, ages 17-23. Many of these students are a sub-population of ELL, SIFE (students with interrupted formal education) and/or the education received in their home country does not match the US education equivalent. I will be teaching targeted literacy skills in my ELA class this year, which is new to me as I am not a certified reading teacher. I plan to create centers for targeted reading, writing and foundational literacy skills (decoding, sight words, phonics).

Let’s Talk Phonics! (Discussion)

One great way to learn a new skill is to watch others apply it first. Join LINCS Community moderators as they present videos of real instructors modeling strategies with learners in phonics, one of the essential components of reading.  Afterwards, participate in a discussion thread to explore new learnings, debate techniques, and acquire more information. Kathy St. John, a LINCS National Trainer and the former supervisor of Read Santa Clara, will be a guest participant and help facilitate the discussion.

Join IDEAL Consortium's Annual Meeting Via Twitter!

The IDEAL Consortium is ready to launch another year of professional development and technical assistance for programs delivering both blended and distance-learning. During their summit on August 21st and 22nd, we will be live tweeting tips and strategies shared.

Digital Toolbelt

Hello teaching colleagues who integrate technology,

Do you have a digital toolbelt, that is, a set of online digital education tools that you use every day or at least every week in your work as a teacher?  If so, which tools do you use?

In your reply, if you have a little more time, for each tool please explain why and how you use it, and what you like about it.


David J. Rosen, Moderator

LINCS CoP Integrating Technology group


Stay Tuned to"Let's Talk Phonics!"

You will soon be receiving an invitation to an exciting six-day discussion on "Let's Talk Phonics," led by literacy expert guest presenter, Kathy St. John and held in three LINCS groups: Reading and Writing, Teaching and Learning, and Professional Development. As soon as you see the invitation, mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details on how to prepare to fully benefit from this event!

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