writing on text

Purpose: to have students think about their reactions to a text as they read it

Prep Time: 10-20 minutes

Materials: a level appropriate reading text, a projector

Prep: read the text and decide on the purpose for reading the text, such as finding key details, summarizing, or building background knowledge about a topic


1)     Based on the purpose for reading, choose one to three marks for students to use while they read.

Evelyn Browne began volunteering at the International Education Center (IEC) when she moved to Minneapolis several years ago. She teaches English Conversation twice a week for an hour over lunch, a time when students learn about each other’s and U.S.


Purpose: To use listening skills while practicing vocabulary

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Materials: A whiteboard, pens and paper, and a list of vocabulary

Prep: Choose a list of approximately ten vocabulary words that the students have been studying

They say that public speaking is one of the things people are most afraid of. For me it is heights. I do still go on scary amusement park rides but the thought of standing on a tiny rock on top of a moutain scares the begeezes out me. I also belive in our modern office culture one of the new things people dread, is the request to sponsor someone else's cause. Be it via Girl Scout Cookies or band trips, many people find asking to give to someone elses charity a bit discomforting. If this is you STOP reading right now.

This the season for sharing and showing love to others so as an update to my last post let it be known that the Hennepin County Library System also allows for access to and it's 3000+ business, technical and creative videos. In addition many libraries offer other online resources that can be useful to our students including language programs like Rosetta Stone and Transparent Language all for the price of a library card.



vegetable vocabulary cards

Picture cards are a valuable, fun and flexible teaching tool. The tutor tip a couple weeks ago explained how to make them. This week we’ll look at ideas for using them.  Many of the suggestions work with words cards as well as picture cards. Here are twenty ideas to get you started:

So how is this small image related Tech+ Literacy ?  Besides acknowledging the accomplishments of the last month, it is simply formated and perfect for posting on social media.


When your staff, students, donors and volunteers wonder how things are going and what have you been up to, this picture can answer all their questions and is easily shared and read. logo

If you have been wanting to learn something new but your school blocks YouTube and there is no money in the budget to send you to TIES or the Science Museum, check out via  the Ramsey County Library. Along with their own great computer help programming, they are now offering access to high quality training videos accross 12 different topics.

"When I start to feel overwhelmed with how much I have to get done in a given day, I change my perspective and think of how lucky I am to be given this opportunity to independently run a program. I remember that after my year of service is complete, it will take a while to climb my way up the nonprofit ladder and be given the freedom to make as many choices for a program as I have this year."

Date: 09-Dec-2015

Time: 1:00-2:15 pm


Address: WEBINAR, GoToTraining,