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The Best Teacher in You

New in the library! The Best Teacher in You. Robert E. Quinn, Katherine Heynoski, Mike Thomas, Gretchen M. Spreitzer.  San Francisco: Berret-Koehler, 2014. What does teaching look like at its very best? How are great teachers able to ignite a love of learning and change students’ lives? What are the keys to accelerating learning for… Read more

The Free Math Tutor

The Free Math Tutor is a website offering free math tutoring through short video math lessons, examples, and exercise sheets with answer keys. It can be used to review math concepts from elementary through high school. There are also some lessons on math for carpentry students and math for health sciences.

Sustainable Essential Skills

New in the library from SkillPlan and BuildForce Canada! Sustainable Essential Skills is a set of three workbooks and an accompanying instructor’s guide, designed to encourage integrating Essential Skills into technical training. The worksheets in the workbooks address competencies that are part of every trades training curriculum, enhanced with features that emphasize reading, document use… Read more

Avoid digital eye strain

Do your eyes feel tired when you’re working on the computer? You’re not alone. Here are some tips to avoid digital eye strain.

Strategies for student success

The New England Literacy Resource Center has created a workshop presenting five strategies that students at any level can use to improve their memory and academic performance. The five strategies were developed from neuroscience research on how long-term memory works; research on self-affirmation and self-efficacy theory; and study habits of successful students. There’s a facilitator’s… Read more

You can learn anything

Here’s a new video from Khan Academy.

Curiosity Box

There’s an idea for a first day of class activity shared on Kate Nonesuch’s blog, Working in Adult Literacy. It makes the point that paying attention, focusing, trying to remember and putting in a little effort produces results. All you need for a Curiosity Box is a box with 15 random items in it. To… Read more

UPSKILL project results

Earlier this week, SRDC released the results of the UPSKILL: Essentials to Excel project. Working with 110 firms and 1,438 workers in eight provinces in the accommodations and food services sector, this study found significant benefits from well-designed Essential Skills training programs delivered in the workplace. Benefits to employers included: Significant improvements in customer satisfaction… Read more

Robo-readers and writing

Robo-readers are computers with programs that scan and evaluate student writing. Their use in assigning grades to student work is controversial – praised by some as individualized and efficient, criticized by others as unable to evaluate truth and creativity. Evidence shows that robo-readers can be effective basic writing tutors, providing non-judgmental feedback on writing drafts… Read more

Measuring health literacy

Can you measure health literacy? There are tests and tools, and here are three of them: The Newest Vital Sign (NVS) Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM) Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (TOFHLA) They all vary in what they measure and how long they take to administer. You can find brief… Read more