What’s The Story

‘What’s the Story?’ – Galway Adult Basic Education Service by Elaine Clifford at Killarney ABE It all began when I read an article by Alison Jones, Galway ABES, in Literacy Matters – Winter 2015.  My ALO, Mary Concannon, gave me a copy of this article – ‘Making the connection: some ideas for blended learning’. The article was interesting and informative.  I was particularly interested in trying out ‘What’s the Story?’ www.gabes.ie web-based programme in my teaching.  I emailed Alison Jones who provided whatever support I needed to get started on this project. ‘What’s the Story?’ is a web-based programme...

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Word Clouds App

Work together with your learners to make your brainstorms into word clouds Answergarden is a web based app to bring together your learners’ answers into a word cloud – right before your eyes. We are all familiar with the idea of brainstorming, where we pose a question or a topic and jot learners’ answers onto the flipchart, as they come up. AnswerGarden is a new way to do this, online. It puts learners’ answers into a word cloud instantly, as they enter them. If an answer is entered more than once, the text of that answer gets bigger. So...

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Three Ways to Integrate Numeracy into Your Literacy Lesson

Teach maths vocabulary Maths has a language – enough to create its own dictionary. Students need this terminology to make progress with maths. Get familiar with maths vocabulary and jargon so that maths words in your topic jump out and beg to be explored with your students. Teach their pronunciation, meaning and spelling. Put them into context and give practice in using them. It may be only one word in the lesson but that’s OK. Many people have a narrow view of what maths language is. Some ideas for putting this into practice. Opposites that we use in everyday...

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Mindfulness in Adult Literacy Programmes

Mindfulness Mindfulness in Adult Literacy programmes – My Experience, by Elaine Clifford I would like to share my experience of using Mindfulness with some of the groups I work with. I started using Mindfulness after an In-service within Killarney ABE in December 2015 where one of the tutors presented a session about Mindfulness. Her words will always remain with me; ‘We charge our phones but we do not always charge our bodies and minds’. Some of the groups I work with find it challenging to focus and concentrate so I decided to try Mindfulness with them. I discussed with...

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Erasmus + – Trip to Italy

Erasmus Plus Trip to Sicily Our recent Erasmus Plus trip to Sicily was certainly well worth the journey. I found the trip to be a very safe place for us all to discuss and share our ideas. As well as expressing our concerns and resolving some of our challenges as a group, this trip gave us all the opportunity to gel more as a group and also to bring back a lot of new and exciting learning materials. We studied many topics including Motivation, Multiculturalism, Leadership and Professional Challenges, and I would like now to share with you some...

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AONTAS STAR Awards

National Winners of AONTAS STAR Awards Announced A programme supporting refugees to integrate into Irish society; a horticultural training programme supporting socially disadvantaged adults; and a fashion show supporting women at all stages of addiction recovery were just some of the winners at today’s AONTAS STAR Awards. The STAR Awards are organised by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, as part of its annual Adult Learners’ Festival. They recognise outstanding work in adult education and took place today (06.01.2017) in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Six national winners were announced, including: •SAOL Fashion Show: SAOL Works with women at...

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Storybird – Creative Writing Inspired by Art

Setting out to create a story or poem can be a daunting task for many adult literacy students. They may not have confidence in their ideas or they may simply find it difficult to find inspiration. Fortunately there is a web application to help. Storybird is a an excellent example of social entrepreneurship offering a unique website aimed at inspiring creative writing.

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NALA Forum for Adult Literacy Tutors 2017

NALA National Forum for Adult Literacy Tutors 2017 Saturday 28th January I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the NALA conference in the Ashling Hotel last Saturday. It was my first time attending the conference and I was very impressed with all of the speakers, especially Maggie O’Sullivan Graham and Paula Tiller. They did a great presentation on “The Seven Habits Tree”. I will certainly be purchasing “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teenagers” which is available through the Book Depository. I attended the “Cook it” workshop which was presented by Dr. Kate Cassidy, Health Promotion Office and Deirdre Howling, Senior Community Dietitian with the HSE South. The purpose of this workshop was to explore fun, innovative ways of delivering community nutrition. The book they were promoting was called “Cook it”.  I was amazed by the amount of sugar that we consume on a daily basis. Can you believe that one can of Club Orange has fifteen spoons of sugar in it? It is water all the way for me from now on. Each cube of sugar represented a spoonful. They used the powerful imagery of sugar cubes to get their message across. This could be incorporated into a numeracy class with highly effective learning outcomes. Dr. Cassidy spoke of building on the positive. Her theory was, instead of telling us not to consume more sugar, she...

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Erasmus+ Experience

Reflection on my Erasmus + Mobility – “Motivate me, Motivate my Learners”, June 1st – June 5th 2016 By Eileen O’Flaherty It was my first time participating on an Erasmus programme – I found it to be a very enriching experience; it was experiential learning at its best. We had a full agenda for the three day course and it would be impossible for me to do it justice in a short paragraph. Our course began at 9 am each day and ended at 5 pm. It was very intense but most worthwhile. We covered some team-building exercises from the simple to the more complex “Tree of Expectations”. In this exercise we were asked to reflect on our contributions, obstacles and fears about taking part in this course. Our tutor had each one colour-coded – a green sheet for our expectations, blue for our contributions and orange for our fears/obstacles. The idea was that we would draw each one in the shape of a leaf and then present ours to the group by putting leaves on a tree that had been drawn by the tutor. This proved to be an invaluable tool in creating a safe learning space for us in a foreign country. It was good for the group in that it helped us get to know one another and it was a good tool for the tutor....

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Kahoot

Kahoot! Looking for a new, fun and innovative way to engage with your learner? Then look no further than Kahoot! In this section, Jane Savage from the Killarney centre explains how this innovative App allows individual and group learners to play tailor-made Quizzes and take part in Surveys or Quick Polls all in a fun and safe environment… A Kahoot is a collection of questions on specific topics that can be designed as quizzes, surveys and even quick polls. There are a number of Kahoots already created but, as a tutor, we can create our own sets of questions designed to meet the individual needs of our learners or groups. I have, for example, created various quizzes on Kahoots where the learners choose the correct spellings of frequently misspelt words or the answers to simple sums from a selection of suggested answers. All you need to do is create your question, or as many questions as you like, providing four answers for the learner to choose from, only one of which will be correct. The learner or learners simply go online to play using their own smartphones, centre iPads or tablets. The questions are displayed on the IWB or a PC (the latter is difficult for the whole class to see) and the learners respond by tapping the colour on their device that corresponds to their chosen answer on...

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