Montana LINCS Update


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1.   Montana ABLE ShopTalk Summary


Click here  to access the ShopTalk summary for 11/16.


2.   Montana GED Initiative:  GED for the Future


Click here to access more information about the Governor’s State Workforce Investment Board Youth council’s statewide GED initiative.


3.   Montana ESOL Study Circle Update


Click here to see what is happening with the Study Circle.  


4.   Montana Content Area Websites:  Have a website to share? 


Click here to access the Montana Content Area Websites which is now a link on the Teacher/Tutor page at Check out a new Crossroad Creator at . Are you using a website that you think others may like?  Share it!


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


5.   Distance Learning:  Accountability and Assessment


Assessment and Accountability Issues in Distance Education for Adult Learners

This working paper frames the issues, poses possible solutions, and recommends several research studies to be undertaken to inform policy decisions in the area of accountability for distance education students.

Using Assessment to Guide Instructional Planning for Distance Learners

This working paper examines how assessment to gauge student progress can be used in distance education programs for adult basic learners with a particular focus on using assessment to guide instructional planning. This paper suggests that certain types of assessment can create a foundation for effective lesson planning at a distance.

6.   ESL:  Cultural Issues in the Classroom and the Workplace


November 15 - 19 was International Education week (IEW), and this year the theme was “International Education: Striving for a Sustainable Future.” For IEW 2010, the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) posted resources on a wiki at


The purpose of the wiki is to assist students and educators who want to prepare youth to be successful in the global workforce of the 2lst century.

·       The Center for Applied Linguistics  (CAL) built the section of the APEC wiki on Skills for Success in Multinational Business. This section explores some of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that young people need on their path to becoming the multinational business leaders of the future. Cross cultural and language skills are highlighted. (full disclosure – I worked on this section of the wiki with my colleague Amber Gallup Rodriguez.)

·       Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) built the section on Tips for Teaching 21st Century Workplace Skills:  This section is a collection of 30 teaching tips addressing the needs of the 21st Century Business English Learner. Many of these tips deal with addressing cultural issues in the classroom or at the workplace.


7.   Math:  Math Curse Word Problems


Click here to access Math Curse Word Problems.  Choose 3-5 to view the puzzle.  You may also create your own!

Crossword puzzles can be used in the classroom to support, extend, and enrich your literacy-based instructional goals. They help students develop word analysis and critical thinking skills and improve vocabulary and comprehension.

8.   Math:  Dyscalculia


Click here to read more about Dyscalculia.


Accommodating Math Students with Learning Disabilities 

Mathematics-based learning disabilities—or dyscalculia—are described along with common problems that learners with dyscalculia may encounter.  Some teaching strategies and accommodations are summarized for instructors working with adults with such learning disabilities.

9.   Reading/Writing/Thinking


Click here  to access calendar activities provided by the International Reading Association.  Here you can find important events in literary history, authors' birthdays, and a variety of holidays, all with related activities and resources that make them more relevant to students.


Taken from the ReadWrite LINCS Discussion List at


10.   Technology


The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies has posted their Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 List. This list was compiled on 17 October 2010 from 545 contributions from learning professionals worldwide and Twitter is listed as the number one tool!  Comments from the contributors on how they use Twitter in their practice (see below) mostly describe the use of Twitter as a tool to stay informed; to create a Personal Learning Network.

There was also a recent Education Week chat with Will Richardson on 21st Century Learning: Teaching Network Literacy during which Richardson speaks about using Twitter for personal learning as part of an Online Learning Network—for both himself as professionals but also for with adult learners to create their own Online Learning Networks.

Taken from the Technology/Distance Learning LINCS Discussion List at


11.   Writing


Two writing resources have just been added to the LINCS Basic Skills Collection.

·       Collaborative Writing

·       Teaching Challenged Spellers in High School English Classrooms

·       ..both linked from:


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