Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana MABLE Conference Agenda


Click here  to preview the MABLE Conference agenda.  Go to MABLE Conference website at to review final plans.


2.   MABLE Update


Click here .  Check out #9 on the MABLE Update page to see what new PAI information has been added!


3.   MTLINCS Review of 2010 Statistics


Click here . More people are accessing MTLINCS and are staying longer!  


4.   Montana ABLE ESOL Study Circle Update


Click here for recommended reading for the 1/24 conference call.


5.   Montana Content Area Websites:  New Websites Posted!


Click here to access the Montana Content Area Websites which is now a link on the Teacher/Tutor page at


In case you haven’t had a chance to check out the new ESL, Language, Math, Reading, and Technology from your Montana colleagues, go to the website above.


If you have any content area websites you would like to recommend to others, click here to email the website to MTLINCS.


6.   LINCS:  Basic Skills Collection


What’s new in the Basic Skills Collection?

Students need a strong foundation in reading, writing, math, and numeracy to be successful in GED preparation, in work readiness programs, and in post-secondary education and training.  The resources in the Basic Skills Collection that will assist in providing this foundation include research articles, materials and curriculum based on research, and discussion lists that can be used to ask questions and share ideas.  To subscribe to the Reading, Writing, Math and Numeracy, Health Literacy, or Diversity Discussion Lists, go to

Five new
Health Literacy resources have been added to the Basic Skills Resource Collection. One of them is the Research-based Health Literacy Materials and Instruction Guide. The materials include 18 sections with topics such as Talking to Health Professionals, Filling Out Medical History Forms, and Following Directions and Dosages for Medications. The teachers’ guide includes materials for each section to help students improve their basic skills.
At the beginning of December, the
Diversity and Literacy Discussion List hosted a discussion on “Fashion: A Source of Diversity, Controversy, and FUN in the ABE Classroom.” Cynthia Peters and Leah Peterson from the Change Agent were the guest facilitators and led discussions about what students and teachers wear in the classroom and why it matters. Visit the discussion list archives if you missed this discussion.

There will be a discussion on the
Math and Numeracy Discussion List during the week of January 10–14.  The topic is "Dealing with Students' Reactions to New Teaching Strategies" with Kate Nonesuch as the guest facilitator. This discussion will focus on recognizing student resistance and looking at strategies for overcoming it.

More Than Rules: College Transition Math Teaching for GED Graduates at the City University of New York by Steve Hinds describes how the College Transition Program (CTP) has attempted to strengthen GED graduates’ transition into The City University of New York (CUNY) through a semester of reading, writing, mathematics, and academic advisement. More precisely, this paper focuses on math teaching and learning in CTP. The document describes the rationale and practice needed to increase student success in college level math classes and includes classroom strategies that provide teachers with an opportunity to reflect on their own practices.

Teaching Challenged Spellers in High School English Classrooms by R. Sipe describes the experiences of challenged spellers based on Sipe’s work and interviews with them. She recommends a range of strategies for helping students take responsibility for their spelling. Although the words "high school" are in the title of this article, Sipe’s suggestions are suitable for use in the adult literacy classroom.


7.   Math Discussion from 1/10 to 1/14 on LINCS Math/Numeracy List: "Dealing with Students' Reactions to New Teaching Strategies"

Click here to access the article, Changing Practice, Expanding Minds.

Have you ever been excited about introducing a new research-based strategy only to have your learners meet it with resistance?  How do you overcome this barrier?  What strategies work best to awaken the child-like desire to learn something new?  Next week, you will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion on the Math and Numeracy List with Kate Nonesuch, an instructor in adult literacy and numeracy for nearly 30 years, on “Dealing with Student’s Reactions to New Teaching Strategies”.   The discussion will focus on recognizing student resistance and looking at strategies for overcoming it, making learners part of the teaching team, and in charge of their learning.  The suggested pre-reading resource is Kate’s article on page 20 of the Focus on basics issue at the following link:  Nonesuch, K. (2008). Changing Practice, Expanding Minds. Focus on Basics 9(A), 20.



To subscribe to the Math & Numeracy list, please send an e-mail with the word "subscribe" in the subject line to


8.   Persistence:  Resources for Intake and Orientation


If you go to the Intake and Orientation Strategies page ( of the Adult Learner Persistence website, you'll see several evidence-based strategies that support persistence during the intake and orientation process …

Andy Nash

World Education


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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101