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.
- Teachers at all levels of math ability and comfort working in ABE, HSE, and Corrections
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
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.
- 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
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to: