The Teaching Toolbox

Written Conversation [Video - 7:11] (2010)

Featuring Katie Gowan, Literacy Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Valley Network and literacy learners Evangeline Brown and Barry Blakeney of the Halifax Community Learning Network

This video features literacy instructors and learners in Nova Scotia, demonstrating how conversing in written form can build literacy skills.

The instructor might start by writing a question like “How are you?” on a piece of paper, then hand the paper over to the learner, who writes a response. The instructor can ask simple questions if the learner’s skills are basic or more challenging questions if the learner is more advanced.

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2012-07-31

Think Aloud in Mathematics [Video - 6:09] (2010)

Featuring Kate Nonesuch, Literacy Educator and Curriculum Writer

This video features literacy educator Kate Nonesuch, explaining how an instructor can use thinking aloud to help adults learn math.

She uses a math problem that involves determining what percentage one number is of another. As she looks at the problem, she discusses aloud the points the problem raises; estimates her answer; and draws a diagram to help in her calculations.

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2012-07-27

Think Aloud in Communications [Video - 5:49] (2010)

Featuring Kate Nonesuch, Literacy Educator and Curriculum Writer

In this video, literacy educator Kate Nonesuch explains a technique to help adult learners get more out of their reading.

When a person reads a text, some of the information is right there on the page, she points out. Other information emerges because the person thinks about the text and questions its meaning.

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2012-07-18

Teaching Fractions, Percents and Decimals Together [Video - 9:28] (2010)

Featuring Linda Thorsen, Instructor, Valley Community Learning Association

This video features Linda Thorsen, an instructor with Nova Scotia’s Valley Community Learning Association, offering strategies for teaching fractions, decimals and percents to adult learners.

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2012-07-09

Publishing Learners [Video - 13:01] (2010)

Featuring Kathy MacCuish, Instructor at the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County

This video features Kathy MacCuish, an instructor with the Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County, discussing the benefits of publishing learners’ writings. Since 2000, she has been involved in the publication of “Our Side of the Mountain,” an annual collection of writing by students in the association’s classes.

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2012-07-06

Pattern Spelling [Video - 5:04] (2010)

Featuring Kate Nonesuch, Literacy Educator and Curriculum Writer

In this video, literacy educator Kate Nonesuch explains how instructors can use word families to help learners build their spelling skills.

As an example, she uses the word family based on the letter combination “ail.” The students put a “b” in front of it to come up with the word “bail,” then add a variety of prefixes and suffixes to come up with other words, including bailed, bailing and bailer.

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2012-04-23

Marking for Confidence in Math [Video - 6:27] (2010)

Featuring Kate Nonesuch, Literacy Educator and Curriculum Writer

This video, part of a series prepared by Literacy Nova Scotia, focuses on ways to turn the marking of a math exercise into a learning situation.

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2012-04-16

Making Change: Using Money to Teach Math [Video - 5:01] (2010)

Featuring Allan Banks, Instructor at the Eastern Shore / Musquodoboit Valley Literacy Network

This short video features Allan Banks, a literacy instructor in Nova Scotia, showing ways to use money to teach both math and life skills.

He uses a web-based game that tests a learner’s ability to calculate the correct change when a purchase is made. However, if a computer isn’t available, the same game can be played using real or play money.

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2012-04-10

Marking for Confidence in Communications [Video - 6:19] (2010)

Featuring Kate Nonesuch, Literacy Educator and Curriculum Writer

This video features literacy educator Kate Nonesuch giving a practical demonstration of how an instructor can use the correcting of a student’s work to help build confidence.

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2012-01-26

The Blackboard in Your Mind [Video - 5:23] (2010)

Featuring Kate Nonesuch, Literacy Educator and Curriculum Writer

In this video, literacy educator Kate Nonesuch demonstrates a technique for helping a learner spell a challenging word.

She begins by writing the word on the board, then covering it up. Then she tells the student to imagine a board and fill in the details about it. For instance, the learner decides whether it is a blackboard or a whiteboard, and whether the board has a coloured border around it.

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2011-12-13

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