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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Accommodating ALL Learners in Adult Ed

Thanks to the participants today for attending the online session Introduction to Special Learning Needs! I appreciate all of your attention and comments. Please post below ideas of ways you meet the needs of your students in your program.


  1. What's important to me and to the adult students I serve is relativity. On the first day of class I have them discuss a general sense of their everyday life. I then apply it to my lessons, so it can resonate and become personal, which will help keep their interest high.

  2. Thanks Antonella for serving your students well!

  3. Posted for Vanessa Cannon.

    Practices that I have you used in the classroom to teach students when they are really struggling with a math concept.

    When this happens, I believe that it is because I don't know exactly how the student(s) is processing the information.
    I have the student(s) to go to the chalkboard and I watch them do the solving of the problem showing all of their work and explain to me while they are doing it. This is role playing. They have become the teacher.

    It is rewarding for the following reasons:
    1. I get to see what the struggle is and can give more instruction/tools to help the student(s) overcome.
    2. Once the student(s) overcomes, they can give example(s) on a different way to do the problem
    3. Next time when I give the lesson, I incorporate the lesson learned from the struggling student(s).

  4. Posted for Sue Moon

    I teach English in an alternative High school setting. When a new student arrives ( we get new ones every 3 weeks) I have them write their autobiography. This accomplishes several goals, not the least of which are allowing me to become aware of problems they might have, both personal and with learning difficulties. I have a sheet of questions they can draw from if they need help but as most get started they become very into it. The things I've learned have frequently been amazing and help me understand where my students are coming from.

    Sue Moon

  5. Thanks to Vanessa and Sue for all they do to meet their students where they are.

  6. I also use a similiar writing assignment with my new students in adult ed. class. I ask them to write about themselves, anything they wish to share with me - family, likes, dislikes, interests, school experiences, work, whatever. I learn a lot about the student, but it also becomes a conversation-starter and possibly a "hook" to make them comfortable and keep them coming. It also gives a glimpse at their writing skills without telling them that I'm looking.