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Teaching Critical Thinking Skills through a Social Justice Lens

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills through a Social Justice Lens

It is safe to say that 2020 has left us with a lot to unpack as individuals and as educators. As our classes continue to look so different as they take place online, I am thinking about the need to find and use materials that help my students and me to process everything that is going on around us. The resources in the Zinn Education Project are perfect for building the ACES skill of Critical Thinking. Read More

ACEing Your To-Do List with Trello

ACEing Your To-Do List with Trello

With COVID-19 we have all had new responsibilities added to our plates. We are learning to manage as homeschoolers, as caregivers, as remote workers, and as distance learners. I wanted to find a tool that could help with keeping all of these new moving parts organized, and what I found is an app called Trello. Read More

The 3rd “C” in CCRS – Focusing on Community Right Now

The 3rd “C” in CCRS – Focusing on Community Right Now

College & Career (and Community) Readiness Standards are very much in play right now as we all help our students to navigate this landscape of COVID-19. This article has links to several MN-created math and ELA instructional activities and ideas for how to use them with your own students! Read More

We Can Do Hard Things! Sharing Resources and Information in the Time of COVID-19

We Can Do Hard Things! Sharing Resources and Information in the Time of COVID-19

School may not be in session, but learning is! This is information you need right now. Keep reading to learn about a new central resource hub for all things related to Minnesota Adult Education during the current public health crisis. Read More

Teaching ACES/TIF in the Time of COVID

Teaching ACES/TIF in the Time of COVID

While the COVID-19 outbreak presents a huge number of challenges, it also gives us an unprecedented opportunity to help our students develop TIF skills as they try to understand everything that is going on. While many of us work from home over the next few weeks, here are a few of the ways that we can help our learners practice TIF skills. Read More

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 1

Making Thinking Visible in Math and ELA Instruction: Part 1

Reading, doing math, and learning are often silent, individual activities. They are internal, making it hard for us to know how students are tackling complex questions and making sense of course material. This article is the first of two to explore how to make students' thinking visible for stronger learner-centered instruction. Read More

Creating Transparent Assignments

Creating Transparent Assignments

The idea of transparency is that it makes things clearer and easier to understand. When it comes to the classroom; however, do we make sure that our assignments and directions are transparent? Are we taking the time to clearly outline the purpose of our assignments, along with the success criteria, for our learners? If you have questions, this article has some answers. Read More

Using Problem-Based Learning to Create One-Pot Lessons: Part 2

Using Problem-Based Learning to Create One-Pot Lessons: Part 2

Problem-based learning (PBL) scenarios give students relevant, meaningful situations to read, write, think, and talk about, thus keeping them engaged and motivated. This allows for combining basic skills, soft skills, and digital literacy - the focus of our MN ABE Content Standards - into one lesson or unit. Learn more about PBL and the new Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort - APPLICATIONS DUE FRI. DEC. 6! Read More

Using Problem-Based Learning to Create One-Pot Lessons

Using Problem-Based Learning to Create One-Pot Lessons

Problem-based learning (PBL) scenarios give students relevant, meaningful situations to read, write, think, and talk about, thus keeping them engaged and motivated. This allows for combining basic skills, soft skills, and digital literacy - the focus of our MN ABE Content Standards - into one lesson or unit. Learn more about PBL and the new Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort kicking off in January 2020! Read More

Solving the Case of the Missing Content Standards

Solving the Case of the Missing Content Standards

Looking for ways to integrate all three sets of MN ABE Content Standards (CCRS, ACES/TIF, Northstar Digital Literacy Standards) into your instruction? Join us for an exciting new Cohort experience where you will adapt and create student tasks, lesson plans, and units aligned to the three sets of standards! Read More