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

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Clay, Anne aclay at gntc.edu
Tue Jun 15 09:15:53 EDT 2010

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 K. Clay, Lead Instructor
Polk Adult Education
Georgia Northwestern Technical College
466 Brock Road
Rockmart, GA 30153
Phone: 770-684-7521
Fax: 770-684-8710
New Email: aclay at gntc.edu

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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?


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
Math & Numeracy List
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