Summertime! How might we encourage our adult learners’ natural motivation to learn, outside of dedicated and supportive class time?
One answer, of course, is to share websites with our students. Some, like Khan Academy, are well known. Here are a few sites you may not know about that I will be sharing with my students.
BBC Bitesize GCSE exam prep: I find the revision units for Edexcel to be challenging but accessible for my HSE students. (Note: I have not been able to access the videos that are part of some of the units.)
If more background content knowledge is needed, I suggest the BBC Bitesize KS3 level instead, such as this revision and test for Solids, Liquids, and Gases.
If their work and family schedules permit, they may like to go on some "field trips":
Most public libraries have GED/HiSET/ABE practice books, which can be used onsite; a working library card would only be needed to check them out. Several (all?) have summer reading programs.
Lastly, the National Park Service offers free admission to many national historic parks, sites, and scenic trails within Massachusetts. Several are accessible by public transport.
Summary of Suggestions
What website, field trips, ideas, and resources would you suggest?
Do your students like podcasts?
Do they like to write?
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Lakshmi Nayak is the coordinator of the SABES PD Center for English Language Arts. She taught adult education classes for six years in Boston, where she focused on bringing science and social studies to life for her students, as well as teaching writing, reading, math, "Health and Wellness," and "Science of Learning." She still teaches an evening ASE Science class in Cambridge. She has also taught, coached, and tutored people of various ages, on various topics (from singing to working in India to writing essays), and in various settings (including a boat).
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