Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
Mobile technology is changing the way we think and the way we learn. It is creating a need for teachers to develop different instructional strategies. Often, students are on the cutting edge of technology use in their personal life, yet they experience a traditional classroom setting that relies on books and lectures. To remain effective, teachers must create a bridge between students’ personal use of technology and their classroom expectations. For many teachers, moving from traditional instruction to integration of mobile learning is a difficult transition.
Assessment drives instruction. That’s a generally accepted statement in education, but what does it really mean? Teachers across the country are shifting their instructional practices in order to teach more complex content while preparing students for the high school equivalency exams. Proper use of assessment is critical.
Math is often the most feared and difficult content area for adult learners. As test takers are expected to demonstrate a higher understanding of number sense, mathematical reasoning, and algebraic thinking, how do we get adult learners past the High School Equivalency Math Test? Using information presented at Foundation Skills: Building a Foundation for Life, the 2014 Nebraska Adult Education Conference by Emily Duncan, Adult Education Coordinator from Northeast Community College, we are aligning the i-Pathways Basic Math and Math curriculum with the most commonly missed GED(r) Test Questions.
In the state of Iowa, the College and Career Readiness Standards have been introduced to high school completion programs. This is due to the adoption of the Iowa Core Standards that are implemented in the K-12 education systems, which has led to the change in high school equivalency tests, such as the HiSET test. Through this process administrators and instructors are expected to make changes, especially to the curriculum that is produced for students. i-Pathways has come to recognize the need to align their curriculum with the CCR, in an effort to decrease Iowa teacher workload and to ensure commonality between adult education programs. i-Pathways has partnered with experts within the field of adult education and those specifically trained on CCR alignment to create a document that demonstrates the i-Pathways curriculum to the CCR.
Through the College_Career document, instructors will be able to develop lesson plans and individual student learning plans with ease and comfort knowing that the alignment process has been completed for them. The process to identify specific standards to a lesson can be time consuming and difficult to decipher. i-Pathways has alleviated this process by clearly listing CCR standards that match with each lesson and the objectives that follow. This will also allow instructors to identify lessons that fall outside the CCR, but are still in alignment with the Common Core Standards.
By utilizing i-Pathways an Iowa instructor is receiving the entire package. An instructor is provided with a curriculum that is aligned to the CCR, a document that identifies the alignment, an online curriculum, and additional academic resources to address student needs. Iowa instructors now have the opportunity to use i-Pathways as a curriculum that meets their needs as they go through the transition to implement CCR standards.
WIOA has changed a great deal about how we need to prepare students for employment. Did you know that i-Pathways has a Consumer Education Module that includes information on transitioning to higher education, finding a job, understanding taxes, and other real world lessons?
Consider integrating the real world content into your classroom by simply including the Consumer Education module. Click on the link to download the answer key to the Bonus Questions included in the curriculum. Consumer Ed Answer Key