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Kristy Nielsen

A great teacher learns from their students. This month’s Literacy Leader, Kristy Nielsen, says she values her students because she is able to learn from them as much as they learn from her. Kristy is an ESL tutor at the Open Door Learning Center in Northeast Minneapolis. She’s been there for over a year and a half. On a typical day, she goes to her class right after work, with a prepared lesson plan, and doesn’t get home until after 9 p.m. She chose to teach beginning level ESL because she loves the liveliness of the large class size.

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Purpose:  To review grammatical structures in a fun and collaborative competition

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  Handouts with 10-15 correct and incorrect sentences (use grammar structures that the class is familiar with to modify for your level of learners), play money

Procedure:

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Activity Name: 

Purpose:  An innovative activity to help learners develop their writing skills and improve their writing focus in 140 characters or less!

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  index cards

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As part of a new initiative to promote the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs), the Minnesota Literacy Council is looking for ABE or ESL teachers to try out free teaching materials or lesson plans in their classrooms, evaluate them, and share their evaluation with other teachers online.

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One of the things I believe hinders educators in feeling confident about teaching computers and technology is the overwhelming feeling that there is just too much to know and we feel the pressure to have the perfect answers for our learners. Thus, in a world of Siri, Cortona and YouTube I still have people come up to me and say ... "This is a dumb question but ..." while I am always happy to answer sometimes pictures are better and I think this time a video is even better. To answer the question, " Where is the cloud?

At Goodwill’s FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project, Wednesday morning math lessons are filled with fun thanks to this month’s Literacy Leader, Anoop Mathur. What’s his secret to getting learners to enjoy math as much as he does? Anoop says it’s helping students understand how math affects their lives. “Many students are afraid of math. So I try not to just teach the fundamentals without any context, but make mathematics fun and necessary,” shares Anoop, who adds that he tries to get students to, “see the value of math in their everyday life.”

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Winter is a huge part of life in Minnesota, and the snow and cold is everyone’s favorite topic of conversation. Help your students learn how to talk about winter and have fun doing it! Follow the links to the resources below to find hundreds of classroom resources about winter in Minnesota.

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In the wake of the recent executive order that was recently passed that severely restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars all Syrian refugees indefinitely, there have been numerous online and in-person conversations around this topic. When looking for information regarding refugee resettlement, it can be frustrating and time-consuming to sift through the massive amount of information that is available to us online.

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