[Numeracy 392] Re: Transitioning from GED to Post-Secondary Ed

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Chip Burkitt chip.burkitt at orderingchaos.com
Wed Jun 16 14:59:09 EDT 2010


Complicated by the fact that some of our students would rather get just
what they need to pass, unaware that they should want more.

Chip Burkitt

On 6/15/2010 8:15 AM, Clay, Anne wrote:

>

> A major barrier is "us" -- well, not all of "us".

>

> Many teachers in Adult Education/GED teach only the skills necessary

> to "pass" the GED Math test, not to "excel" on the GED Math test. This

> really gets on my last nerve just as robotically teaching a five

> paragraph essay to "get passed" the essay though the student still

> struggles with daily writing needs such as a note to a supervisor or

> their child's teacher...heaven help post-secondary writing needs!

>

> If we teach skills, not a test, at each literacy level, we will be

> preparing our students for post-secondary education, workplace skills,

> life skills, and life-long learning...not to mention the benefit to

> the children in these families.

>

> We are NOT "just" an Adult Education/ GED teacher, we are teachers!

>

> /Anne/

>

> Anne K. Clay, Lead Instructor

>

> Polk Adult Education

>

> Georgia Northwestern Technical College

>

> 466 Brock Road

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> Rockmart, GA 30153

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> Phone: 770-684-7521

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> Fax: 770-684-8710

>

> _New Email_: aclay at gntc.edu

>

> GNTC logo.PNG

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> *From:* numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov]

> *On Behalf Of *Dianna Baycich

> *Sent:* Monday, June 14, 2010 1:14 PM

> *To:* 'The Math and Numeracy Discussion List'

> *Subject:* [Numeracy 382] Re: Transitioning from GED to Post-Secondary Ed

>

> I would like to hear what folks think are barriers, too. I'm more of a

> reading and writing person and I would like to see the similarities

> and differences with math. One thing I see for writing is that GED

> teachers tend to teach students how to write a very formulaic 5

> paragraph essay as a way to pass the essay portion of the GED test.

> Unfortunately, this in no way prepares them for the writing tasks they

> will be expected to do in postsecondary education. Are similar things

> happening in math? Or are the barriers different?

>

> Dianna

>

> *From:* numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov]

> *On Behalf Of *Denney, Brooke

> *Sent:* Wednesday, June 09, 2010 11:08 AM

> *To:* numeracy at nifl.gov

> *Subject:* [Numeracy 380] Transitioning from GED to Post-Secondary Ed

>

> Hello Everyone!

>

> I just finished presenting at the Louisiana Adult Education Conference

> where I spoke about transitioning from GED to PSE. But after speaking

> with many of their wonderful instructors, staffers, administrators,

> etc. about barriers, it dawned on me that perhaps the discussion list

> should discuss the barriers that our learners face, the barriers that

> our instructors face, and how might we try to overcome them? How can

> we prepare our learners for the world of higher education? I can't

> wait to hear what everyone thinks!!

>

> Also, I wanted to WELCOME all the new members we have to the list!! I

> encourage you to post a brief introduction about yourself and tell us

> what you hope to gain from being apart of this list. If anyone has

> questions or concerns please feel free to contact me off list at

> denneyb at cowley.edu <mailto:denneyb at cowley.edu>.

>

> All my best to everyone,

>

> Brooke Denney, Moderator

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> Math & Numeracy List

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