Classroom Practices that Work

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Questions about Classrooms and Research

  • Are there any recommendations for best practices on adult education class sizes?
  • Is there research on optimum learning groups size for basic literacy students?
  • How much consideration is given to the instructors who must provide instructions for all levels of learners? How much consideration is given to the instructor who is only paid for 2.5 hours two days a week (5 hrs) yet must do all the assessment, interpretations, provide multi-level instruction and prepare all reports/records? We do not have a lot of the luxuries being presented in this and other
  • What are good strategies for a multi-level classsroom?

Classroom Strategies and Ideas Based on Research

Transition from ABE/GED to College

Teacher Based Experiments in Progress



Focus On Basics This quarterly publication from the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) presents best practices, current research on adult learning and literacy, and how research is used by teachers to improve their classroom practices. Every issue has practical information to guide classroom practices in many different areas. See the link below for all 31 issues, which include topics such as math instruction, writing instruction, ESOL, curriculum development, first-level learners, multi-level classrooms, project-based learning and much more.

You can browse the issues and articles, or search the site for a topic of your choice.

NCSALL by Role: Resources for Teachers/TutorsThese self-studies from the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) assist pracitioners in accessing, understanding, judging, and applying research findings. Each self-study has three steps: (1) read the related research,(2) reflect on this research and your practice, and (3) focus on an aspect of your practice.

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Online Educational Comics for Literacy, ESOL by Author/Journalist Bill Zimmerman makebeliefscomix

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