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Summer Intensive discussion: What can be done to solve the challenges associated with serving the Beginning ABE student? What support is needed?

 
 
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Summer Intensive discussion: What can be done to solve the challenges associated with serving the Beginning ABE student? What support is needed?
by Carol Fuller - Wednesday, 13 August 2008, 4:38 PM
 
In our collective intelligence groups we talked about ways to solve the challenges and the support needed to serve Beginning ABE students effectively.
Here are some of our thoughts:

1. We need to find ways to keep students motivated, especially when testing scores do not show growth or level changes. Come up with ways to recognize accomplishments, no matter how small. Be positive.
2. We need to help students persevere. They nay need help with the negative baggage they carry about their own skills.
3. We need to find and share good adult materials for this level.
4. Staff needs ongoing training on instructional techniques, lesson plans, technology, adults with disabilities and adult materials.
5. Class sizes need to be manageable. Support is needed from our administrators to keep the student -teacher ratio low for this level.
6. We need to have open communication with students to recognize that if they are not in a state of mind to learn, it is O.K. to stop and take a break. Leave the door open for them to return when ready.
7. Classes that have open enrollment should designate one day a week for new starts. It is too difficult to start students and serve existing students at the same time.