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Top 18 FREE Websites for Workforce and GED® Test Prep

Warning: Once you start clicking these links, you may be amazed at what you find!

This list is not offered in any particular order of importance or quality, and without comment. I offer it to you as a starting point to the many free resources available on the web for self-motivated adult learners, and tech savvy adult education instructors.

  1. MikeRoweWORKS Tool Shed
  2. WorkKeys Practice Tests at OhioMeansJobs
  3. The Beehive
  4. My Job Scout
  5. USA Learns
  6. National College Transition Network Publications
  7. Tri-C’s Dev Ed Math MOOC
  8. Women Employed Resources
  9. Free Test Prep GED Practice Tests
  10. TV411
  11. Khan Academy
  12. Federal Student Aid
  13. Guiding Ohio Online Training
  14. Sense-Lang
  15. GED Testing Service
  16. Digital Literacy Assessment
  17. Occupational Outlook Handbook
  18. Soft Skills to Pay the Bills

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Exciting Strategies for 2014 GED® Test Preparation Instruction

Saving some trees by posting this workshop’s presentation online! In-person participants will also receive a sampler including instructional activities from Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED® Test Resource Book.

To mix & match GED Assessment Targets (or as I’ve come to call them, GEDATs, pronounced “Gee-Dats”), participants will break into one of the following small groups:

  • Reading skills with Science content
  • Reading skills with Social Studies content
  • Math skills with Science content
  • Math skills with Social Studies content

The Assessment Targets can be found in Chapter 2 of the Assessment Guide for Educators by GED Testing Service or the Appendix of my book.

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Tell Me: What Are The Skills You Need To Be An Adult Education Instructor?

Ten years ago…

I started as a volunteer adult literacy tutor at a homeless shelter and outreach center. In six months, I helped a student change from calling herself stupid to picking up the community college brochure to look at classes. My Site Manager asked me to teach a class two evenings a week. I joined the ranks of the 77% of adult literacy instructors who teach part-time with little training.

Within a couple years I became a full-time Site Manager, learning most of my teaching skills from watching other volunteers and co-workers. Eager to serve my students better, I attended a national conference organized by ProLiteracy. The workshops gave me a new perspective, connected me to the latest research, and transformed my teaching.

It has been thrilling to give back to the adult literacy community as an author, consultant, and trainer over the past few years. I have seen instructor training change lives, classrooms, and programs.

Essential Education-Learning Made CertainThis month I started a new adventure creating Social Studies materials for Essential Education. Much to my joy, I also get to work on a team developing professional development materials for adult educators! And WE WANT YOUR INPUT!

 

What about you?

What did you wish you knew when you started as an instructor? What workshops would/do you provide for new instructors? What skills or training improved your teaching? What professional development topics do you think have the most impact?

 If you respond by Tuesday, August 26th, I will share your comments at our team meeting, but this is an ongoing process and your comments are welcome at any time.

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New Online Course for Instructors to Implement 2014 GED® Test Changes

Instructors and administrators! Are you looking to develop new lesson plans or find resources to go in-depth with the changes to the new 2014 GED Test? WVIZ/PBS/ideastream is offering a 3-week online course starting next week: Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Teaching Adults GED Book CoverParticipants will work together through the Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED Test Resource Book to find resources and strategies that work in your unique setting. You will share reflections and lesson plans with other participants to implement changes in your program.

The course is $100, and one graduate credit is available from Ashland University. You do not have to be online at a specific time. Each week, participants will gain access to new information, activities, and discussion forums.

Contact Ann Ebersole to register today!

Space is limited, but registration is open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis. Ohio residents may be eligible for a scholarship from The Literacy Cooperative.

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Instructors: Ready for the 2014 GED® Test?

The 2014 GED® Test is officially here!

It has been a pleasure to spend the last year traveling in Ohio, Louisiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Connecticut to prepare instructors for the new 2014 GED® Test series…and it’s finally here! Thank you all for a fantastic 2013! Best of luck with your important work in 2014 helping non-traditional adult learners fulfill their educational goals.

Here’s my top content to answer your frequently asked questions:

What are the top 5 changes instructors need to know about the new 2014 GED® Test?

What vocabulary will students need to study to prepare for the test?

How can I prepare my students for computer-based testing?

How can I prepare students for timed typing?

How can I engage students with interdisciplinary instruction?

What other questions do you have about preparing for the new 2014 GED Test? Let me know in the comments or email me.

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As Promised: Massive Treasure Trove of Lesson Plans from Wisconsin!

Wisconsin deserves its reputation for incredibly friendly people and delicious fried cheese curds. It also can boast of an awesome annual adult education conference that attracts top national trainers and brings educators together from a wide variety of instructional settings to learn, network and share. I was thrilled by the energy, creativity and just plain fun that filled the conference. We are keeping the dream alive! Sí, se puede!

I promised I would scan & share the lesson plans developed in my sessions, and here they are! They are sooooo 2014:

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More Exciting Strategies for 2014 GED Test Instruction

I’m heading to Wisconsin tomorrow, where the GED Test is not the only option for non-traditional adults to obtain a high school or equivalency diploma. As a workshop facilitator at “Achieving Credentials for Success,” I look forward to connecting with adult educators with a variety of program goals.

Wednesday morning I will facilitate three workshops on interdisciplinary instruction, which will be critical to passing the 2014 GED Test or any assessment based on the Common Core State Standards. Each workshop starts with a model lesson, provides time for participants to develop a lesson plan, and finishes with questions and discussion.

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