Classes with unpredictable attendance are the norm in adult ed, and some settings are more of a challenge for teachers than others. For example, many classes have open enrollment, and most students are not required to attend class. Students with a wide variety of experience—testing at different levels—are often in one class. Some classes, such as those in correctional settings, regularly have students for only a short duration because of their unique circumstances. If you are looking for ideas to teach a class with unpredictable attendance, this is the session for you! We’ll share ideas and experiences and invite you to share your ideas to support teachers in giving students a positive education experience.


    This professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • Teachers at all levels of math ability and comfort working in ABE, HSE, and Corrections

In this 1.5-hour workshop, we will share ideas for addressing the challenge of irregular attendance. These ideas were collected from actual teachers who have experience serving students who attend classes for a short duration or where attendance is unpredictable. During our time together, we'll also collect your thoughts, reactions, and ideas and share resources for support.

    Learning Objectives

    Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • Identify a new way to create a welcoming environment
  • Explain several ways to structure the class flexibly and support students in managing their goals and directing their learning
  • Discuss instructional approaches and content that center student reasoning and focus on the big ideas of mathematics
Presenter(s) / Facilitator(s)
02/07/2024 - 1:00 pm to 02/07/2024 - 2:30 pm

United States

PD Center
SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum and Instruction PD Team
Topic Area
ADEI (anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion)
Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Teaching
Curriculum Development
Distance and Blended Learning
High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED)
Mathematics and Adult Numeracy
Transitions to College
PDP Eligible