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Embedded Teaching: Application in a Science Lesson (Part 2)

Embedded Teaching: Application in a Science Lesson (Part 2)

This article, which wraps up a 2-part series, provides examples of Embedded Teaching activities in a lesson developed by Nature for New Minnesotans to introduce the concepts of weather and climate to adult English language learners. Read More

Teaching Essential Email Skills and Digital Resilience

Teaching Essential Email Skills and Digital Resilience

We all agree that it's essential for adult learners to know the basics of how to send, read, and receive emails. But there are some other overlooked, yet essential digital skills we could also be teaching, including building learners' digital resilience and self-efficacy in digital spaces. Read More

ACES Updates: New Lesson Plans, TIF and Online Course

ACES Updates: New Lesson Plans, TIF and Online Course

Check out all the recent updates in the realm of ACES (Academic, Career & Employability Skills)! Eighteen new standards-aligned ACES/TIF lesson plans are now available, along with an updated TIF (Transitions Integration Framework) and a new ACES/TIF Foundations course hosted on the Canvas platform. Read More

50 Shades of Meaning

50 Shades of Meaning

Explicit vocabulary instruction can often be a neglected vein of ESL instruction. This article provides research-based, user-friendly ideas to grow students beyond a surface level knowledge of words to deeper vocabulary comprehension and usage. Read More

Desmos: Interactive and Engaging Online Instruction

Desmos: Interactive and Engaging Online Instruction

At the start of my virtual instruction journey in 2020, I tried out several instructional tools to make my online synchronous instruction more engaging than a talking head and a PowerPoint. Desmos is the only one I’m still using three years later. Originally built for math instruction, Desmos is a virtual instructional tool that allows you, the teacher, to build interactive practice for students, accessible via a link or code, and lets you see each student’s work live as they are doing it. Read More

MCTM 2023 Spring Conference Highlight: Building Thinking Classrooms

MCTM 2023 Spring Conference Highlight: Building Thinking Classrooms

In April, over 800 people gathered at the annual Minnesota Council for Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) Spring Conference in Duluth. Adult Education had a strong presence this year! By far, the hot topic in everyone’s mind after the conference was Peter Liljedahl’s symposium and keynote on Building Thinking Classrooms. Read More

Using AI in Adult Ed

Using AI in Adult Ed

Imagine a world where artificial intelligence (AI) is writing the MN ABE Connect news articles.... Newsflash: we’re already here. Read on for an article about using AI in Adult Education... written by AI itself. Read More

Using Number Categories to Build Coherence – Part 3

Using Number Categories to Build Coherence – Part 3

In our previous investigations into number systems, we connected the whole numbers to the integers. Now we backtrack to the next category that actually comes earlier in the CCRS and most books. While we have closed the operations of addition and subtraction with the whole numbers and integers, we now need to check on the next operations: multiplication and division, and how they lead us to rational numbers. Read More

The Multilingual Link

The Multilingual Link

With much supportive research, students and their teachers are encouraged to honor and harness their students’ first languages as it helps their English language acquisition, their acculturation, and their connection with their own families and children. Read More

Using Number Categories to Build Coherence – Part 2

Using Number Categories to Build Coherence – Part 2

Number systems are ways of categorizing values with common characteristics. Understanding how we label numbers and categorize their properties can help us to explain the coherence of operations to our students and connect the CCRS standards. This article will introduce problems that arise as operations other than addition create numbers that do not fit into the whole number system. Read More