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Monday, October 14, 2019

Foundations of Special Learning Needs

Working to understand learning needs to best meet our students' needs! Thanks to everyone who made the trip to Parkland last Friday.

Rich discussion allows participants to learn from each other.

Thanks to the educators who met at Sauk Valley last Friday! Great discussion - great input - great energy!

Sharing and learning in a student-centered atmosphere!

Exceptional educators having fun and working hard to best meet the needs of their students! Thanks for your efforts! Please note: something is amiss in this photo. If you can spot the shenanigans, email Sarah for the opportunity for a fabulous prize! People pictured here not eligible:)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

More Learning in Active Learning Classrooms - but Students Don't Know It - Check out new research

From Science News - Harvard University - September 5, 2019
For decades, there has been evidence that active learning -- classroom techniques designed to get students to participate in the learning process -- produces better educational outcomes for students at virtually all levels.
And a new Harvard study suggests it may be important to let students know it.
The study, published September 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that, though students felt like they learned more through traditional lectures, they actually learned more when taking part in active learning classrooms.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Integrating Hands-on Activities to Engage Your Students!

I have had a request from the field for more hands-on classroom ideas to engage adult ed students and to provide a richer learner experiences. I'm asking our experienced teachers who have become Special Learning Needs Specialists to post some of their ideas for our Illinois teachers. Let's use this "back to school" time  to think about reaching our students through differentiated instruction - especially through hands-on activities. Feel free to share your ideas whether you are a Specialist or not. Simple ideas welcome! 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Thanks for attending the COABE Webinar: Fostering Metacognitive Skills and Critical Thinking in Your Classroom

Thanks to everyone who shared an hour with me on the COABE webinar. Please share with other educators one new way to apply explicit teaching of metacognition and critical thinking in your classroom. Click on the comment hyperlink to reply. Thanks for all you do to serve our students!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

COABE Webinar: Fostering Metacognitive Skills and Critical Thinking in Your Classroom

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST
Presented by:  
Sarah Goldammer 

Are you teaching your students to think about their thinking? Are you giving them opportunities to build their critical thinking skills to problem solve? Let's have fun together discovering metacognition activities, strategies, and lessons to build important thinking skills for success in class and in life. Teaching critical thinking is good for ALL students and especially important in reaching those with learning difficulties.

Webinar space is limited to 500 and is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. 

You will need your membership ID to register for this webinar.
Please contact membership@coabe.org if you have any questions.

Please Note: Certificates are automatically emailed 24 hours after the webinar has ended.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Foundations of Special Learning Needs

Thanks to the newly created Foundations of Special Learning Needs  groups that met at UIC and at Shawnee Community College for your participation and insight into how to best meet the needs of our adult education students! 

Please post below your application exercise using one strategy for student-centered teaching. Please share how your students benefited from this activity. Please also share any suggestions you have for other teachers as they plan to incorporate your idea. Check back to read other participants experiences.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Foundations of Special Learning Needs at UIC

Thanks for the great work from all of the educators who attended the Foundations of Special Learning Needs training at UIC last Friday! Check back on the SLN Blog to read the posts from the participants as they apply what they have learned!