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Navigating Systems

From the classroom of Heather Turngren, Minneapolis ABE

Skills to Pay the Bills

This resource from the United States Department of Labor was designed to teach “soft” or workforce readiness skills to young adults entering the workplace. The materials are organized according to six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism. The entire curriculum, as well as each individual module, can be downloaded in PDF. The curriculum includes a number of “ready-to-go” activities that could be used in an Adult Education classroom with little to no prep. In one activity from the problem solving and critical thinking module, for example, students practice determining the differences between criticism, praise, and feedback by listening to statements that give examples of each. In addition to the written materials, there are also short, engaging videos to go with each of the six key skill areas. A link to the video series can be found at the top of the resource homepage.

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Street Law

Street Law is a global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to developing classroom and community resources that educate people about law and government. The Street Law Resource Library contains a vast array of teaching activities, lesson plans, case studies, and articles that are organized according to topic, audience, and type. Within the resource library, users can find lesson plans and activity ideas to support the teaching of a wide variety of high interest topics, such as consumer rights, employment rights and workplace discrimination, civil rights, issues related to family law, and tenant rights. Whether or not you think your students are at risk of running afoul of the law, the lessons and activities in the Street Law Resource Library are worth checking out. They provide excellent opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue and sharpen critical thinking skills, and they will help our learners avoid pitfalls when navigating a wide variety of systems.

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The Right Question Institute

The resources on this website help teachers learn how to use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) to turn their students into more expert questioners. Developing these questioning skills will help students get the answers that they need in order to navigate all of the systems in their lives. Through the steps in the QFT, students learn how to evaluate and prioritize their questions and then plan next steps.

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