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October 29, 2017

Knowledge is power. And if you know what it is you should be doing about your finances, you can make better decisions. If you don’t have a plan, you are going to be reactive, and you are going to be constantly trying to stay above water, versus planning how you need to get where you want to go.

May 13, 2014

While checking e-mails this afternoon, I stumbled on an article from the Washington Post about online resources available for adult literacy students.  You can find the link to this article at the end of this blog, BUT FIRST let me share with you the title of the article:  “GED will soon have online guide for high school dropouts!”  Am I the only person who had a visceral reaction to the use of the term “high school dropout”?...

January 22, 2014

Leading Students to Freedom through Access to the Written Word

 

I believe that teachers should read broadly.  It is only by reading broadly that we are able to develop a depth of knowledge in our students.  I have been listening to A. N. Wilson’s “Hitler” on audiobook while I drive, to deepen my knowledge of that period in the world’s history, and to learn more about this man who made such an impact on the world during that time...

January 15, 2014

I am definitely a lifelong learner.  I am always trying new activities, attending new programs, and reading new books.  It is not uncommon for me to read three or four books at once because they all feel too important or exciting to read at a later date.  I have lists of books that I want to read, and pages of subjects that I just want to learn a little bit more about.  Just recently I came to the realization that I will never...

January 6, 2014

Many people use the end of a year as a time for reflection, and the beginning of the year as a time to focus on new goals.  Unfortunately, as anyone who has ever made a New Year’s resolution knows, many of those new goals are abandoned within weeks of that magic midnight moment when we said “goodbye” to the past and “hello” to the opportunity to do better, and be better.  This year already I have seen Facebook friends gripe abo...

December 19, 2013

Three weeks ago I got a phone call from a colleague in the Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative Office.  She was calling because a young lady contacted their office seeking help for her cousin, a 27-year-old father-to-be who could not read.  The colleague called me because we have had several conversations about adult non-readers navigating through the world.  She wanted to know if I could help this young man, or point him to...

November 2, 2013

As a former member of the federally funded adult literacy system, I believe that the prevailing culture within the current delivery system is too heavily focused on program accountability, and not on instruction and learning.  What I mean by that is that professional development and staff meetings tend to focus primarily on keeping programs compliant, and preparing for the next round of grant applications.  As a result, the pre...

October 31, 2013

One thing that I have noticed through working with adult literacy instructors over the years is that their definition of literacy education seems to be limited to the specific content and procedures outlined in GED review books, and their practice of GED instruction seems to be limited to photo copying lessons for students to complete, tracking attendance and facilitating the rote memorization of mathematics procedures to stude...

September 15, 2013

In my experience in adult literacy, I have learned that many adult literacy educators were not formally trained in education, not formally trained in the adult literacy content areas (especially mathematics or mathematics instruction), and were not familiar with teaching methodologies or adult learning theories.  Many teachers, like me, had not had a mathematics, science or social studies course since high school or undergradua...

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