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MENTAL WELLNESS! – IT MATTERS!

MENTAL WELLNESS! – IT MATTERS!

Many people are aware of methods to stay physically healthy, but few are educated about what it means to stay mentally healthy. Mental and physical health are closely intertwined, and both should be priorities in our lives. Read More

Routines That Foster Constructing Viable Arguments and Critiquing the Reasoning of Others – Part 2

Routines That Foster Constructing Viable Arguments and Critiquing the Reasoning of Others – Part 2

Regardless of the subject matter, there is a skill/practice that is central to any learning: the ability to construct viable and valid arguments, and to engage in critiquing the reasoning of others - the reasoning of both students and teachers. There are routines you can put in place to help develop this skill/practice. Read More

Teaching Minnesota’s Natural History in an EL Classroom

Teaching Minnesota’s Natural History in an EL Classroom

This article shares a sample of curriculum developed by Nature for New Minnesotans, a University of Minnesota extension program committed to adapting experiential natural history programming for adult EL students in the Twin Cities. Read More

Check Out What’s New in the Antiracism in ABE Resource Library!

Check Out What’s New in the Antiracism in ABE Resource Library!

"Antiracism in ABE" is a large section of the Cultural Competency resource library on the ATLAS website. This summer we have been working to revamp the Antiracist Instruction category, since we know busy teachers are looking for specific things to use in their classrooms. Learn about a few of these great resources, including presentations by our own MN Adult Ed colleagues! Read More

Routines That Foster Constructing Viable Arguments and Critiquing the Reasoning of Others – Part 1

Routines That Foster Constructing Viable Arguments and Critiquing the Reasoning of Others – Part 1

Regardless of the subject matter, there is a skill/practice that is central to any learning: the ability to construct viable and valid arguments, and to engage in critiquing the reasoning of others - the reasoning of both students and teachers. There are routines you can put in place to help develop this skill/practice. Read More

A Walk in My Shoes: Videos to Help Everyone Have a Place at the Table

A Walk in My Shoes: Videos to Help Everyone Have a Place at the Table

This documentary video series features stories from first-generation college students and aims “to create awareness about the diversity, the challenges, the opportunities and the benefits each student brings to campus.” Watching the videos would be an excellent way to begin a conversation about a number of important topics, such as the barriers that first-generation college students face, the value of persistence, and the importance of “making room at the table” for diverse voices in educational spaces. Read More

Combatting the Churn: Exploring the Spiral Model of Instruction

Combatting the Churn: Exploring the Spiral Model of Instruction

In this special, full-length feature article, Corrections teacher Adam Kuehnel explores the spiral model of instruction in a low-level ABE mathematics classroom. While his subject matter is math, this successful instructional model can be applied to any adult education class. (See the synopsis for a summary of main points.) Read More

What is Pear Deck and How Can I Use it in My Classroom?

What is Pear Deck and How Can I Use it in My Classroom?

Pear Deck is a digital tool that allows teachers to create interactive activities for students in online and in-person classes. It is accessible as an add-on when using Google Slides and works seamlessly with Google Suites, allowing teachers to use it as an asynchronous or synchronous teaching tool. Pear Deck offers a paid version and a free version; this article focuses on the free version and using Pear Deck as an online teaching tool, even though it is perfectly adaptable to in-person teaching as well. Read More

Using Nearpod in the ABE Classroom

Using Nearpod in the ABE Classroom

Nearpod is a great tool that makes any lesson interactive, whether in the classroom, virtual, or a combination of the two. In this article, ABE Teacher Polina Huffman shares how and why to use Nearpod in the ABE classroom. Read More

Project-Based Learning in Action: How to Be a Successful Online Student – Part 2

Project-Based Learning in Action: How to Be a Successful Online Student – Part 2

Instructor Dan Bruski describes how he led his low-intermediate ESL students through a project-based learning activity around composing a list of rules and expectations for their online class. The culmination of the lesson was the creation of a video on "How to be a successful online student," which has an authentic use for orienting new students. Read More