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Ice breakers are the best way to help your students get to know each other, to break the ice on the awkward first day of school. If your students are adults, it's even more important to choose an ice breaker that won't backfire on you. Printable instructions.
Whether it's finding the money and study time or worrying about tests, going back to school can be stressful for adult students. We've got tips for making life easier.
Play People Bingo in the classroom to make introductions more fun or to energize your students. It's great fun at gatherings of all kinds. We'll show you how to make game cards and get you started with ideas.
Two Truths and a Lie is a favorite classroom ice breaker to use for introductions or to energize your adult students. We've got a list of truths and lies to get you started.
It's never too late to go back to school and start a new career! Theresa Turlis is proof. She writes about her experience for About Continuing Ed.
We put all our People Bingo resources into one fun collection for you--rules, how to make your own cards, lots of idea lists. This ice breaker game is perfect for adults in the classroom, at seminars, and at any other gathering of adults.
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The teacher of adults has a different job from the one who teaches children. If you're teaching adult students, it's important to understand the five principles of teaching adults. It's important to know how adults learn.
Two Truths and a Lie is a fun and humorous ice breaker for introductions in the classroom, at a meeting, anywhere.
Know what your teacher is looking for when your assignment is writing a personal essay.
In a classroom, seminar, or workshop, this ice breaker is a good adult game to play when the people gathered are strangers, and it fosters team building in groups that already work together. I have always found the choices people make to be very revealing about who they are. Printable instructions.
Begin lesson plans with a five-minute warm up or ice breaker and help your students focus more quickly on a new topic, open up creative thinking, and apply learning in new ways.
Should you go back to school? We've got 8 questions to ask yourself.
People Bingo, or Human Bingo, is one of the most popular ice breaker games for adults in the classroom and at parties. Get ideas for your own game cards. See our entire collection!
In the US, state GED/high school equivalency requirements vary. It can be difficult to locate the info you need on state websites. We have links.
Do you want to study for your GED/High School Equivalency at home? You can. For many, earning a certificate is a private endeavor. If you don't want to attend public adult education classes, you have options.
You can write an essay in 5 steps, and we'll show you how.
You've heard of 8-minute dating, where 100 people meet for an evening full of 8-minute dates. We modified the idea for the classroom. Get your students up and mixing. This is a great energizer.
When it's time to review material for an upcoming test, lighten up your classroom with a game that helps students study and remember. We've got five group games that work great for test review.
Need to get your students on their feet and moving? Try these exercises when you need to wake up your class.
Make your own people bingo cards with these easy instructions.
What is GED? Learn about what GED is, how to get started, and where to find testing info.
Engage the adults in your classroom on the first day of school by choosing one of these 10 fun introductions for the classroom. Students who are engaged faster, learn faster. Printable instructions.
Where do you get GED records? Every state in the U.S. has official GED records of everyone who earned a GED in that state. Learn where to get a copy of your own GED records or to verify the GED records of a job applicant.
What does CEU mean? Find out what CEU is and why it's so important to all of us.
You've decided to go back to school. Dare to be the best student you can possibly be. Here are 10 ways to be a great student.
How do you choose a health topic for a research paper when there are so many options? We've got 10 great ideas to get you started.
Learn how to change text size on your computer screen and save your eyes. I get mail every week from people thanking me for this simple way to change the size of font on your computer screen.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change? This is an ice breaker game for adults that opens minds, considers possibilities, and energizes your group when discussion is dead.
Lesson plans for continuing education don't have to be difficult. Follow these instructions for easy, effective course design for teaching adults, and see how effective you can be. Training design can be easy.
Expectations are powerful, especially when you're teaching adults. Understanding your students' expectations of the course you're teaching is key to your success. Make sure you know what your students expect with this expectations ice breaker game for adults.
Need ideas for playing Would You Rather...? We have lists of them! This is a great classroom game for energizing students or inspiring conversation. Come on over!
Need more ideas for your People Bingo cards? You'll find lots of them in our People Bingo Idea List No. 2! See our entire People Bingo collection.
We've added another list of lies to get you started playing Two Truths and a Lie. It's a favorite in the classroom for teachers of adults.
Here are 10 easy ways to read faster when you study. Even if you use only a few of these ideas, you'll be reading faster and studying more effectively.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Almost everyone has a photo or two in their wallet or on their phone, especially when you’ve got a room full of adults, or even better, baby boomers with grandchildren. The photo scavenger hunt is on!
Adults bring to your class or meeting room an abundance of life experience and wisdom. Tapping into their stories can deepen the significance of whatever you have gathered to discuss. Let the power of story enhance your teaching of adults.
The new 2014 computer-based GED test from GED Testing Service has four parts. Learn what's on the new test and how to prepare for it.
Most people know that GED has something to do with a high school diploma, but what does the acronym stand for? Look it up in the glossary!
Conflict resolution in the corporate world can mean the difference between good business and no business. Teach your managers, supervisors, and employees how to manage conflicts in the office and watch morale, and business, improve. Teachers, these techniques work in the classroom, too.
What's correct usage: 1. Me and Tim/ Tim and I. 2. We Was/We Were. 3. Had Ran/Had Run. 4. She Don't/ She Done. 5. It's Broke/It's Broken.
Carl Jung called archetypes the ancient patterns of personality that are the shared heritage of the human race. An understanding of these forces is one of the most powerful elements in the storyteller’s toolbox.
Is a party game appropriate in the classroom? If it isn't raunchy and you use it as an energizer, it can be. The trick is to choose an ice breaker that won't drive your adult students out of the room, but will energize them. Printable instructions.
Would you rather find true love or win the lottery? Would you rather be bald or completely hairy? This party game is perfect for adults in the classroom, workshop, or seminar. Printable instructions, and ideas to get you started.
Writing down your goals and objectives is often the most important first step you can take when learning something new. Writing SMAART goals and objectives is even more important.
We have a new list of ideas for the People Bingo cards you make yourself. It's sometimes called Human Bingo, and it's the most popular ice breaker game for adults in the classroom or at a party. See our entire collection!
If you could have taken a different path in life, what would you have chosen to do, knowing what you know today? Find out if your students are in your classroom to change their lives. It happens.
Do you know the secret power of the mind? Do you know how to create the life you want? It's really not a secret. The power is available to every single person, including you. Find out how to get what you want.
The GED test will be computer-based in 2014! That's a major change. What does it mean to you? We've got the scoop.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, which three would you choose? Learn more about the people in your classroom.
Learn six speed-reading techniques from the former business partner of the famous Evelyn Wood, founder of Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics. H. Bernard Wechsler, Director of Education at speedlearning.org, shares six of the techniques successful speed readers use.
Table Topics make a wonderful classroom game for adults. Use them any time you want to stimulate creative thinking and meaningful conversation. We'll show you how.
Professional certification is a process in which a person proves that he or she has the knowledge, experience, and skills to perform a specific job. The proof comes in the form of a certificate earned by passing an exam that is accredited by an organization or association that monitors and upholds prescribed standards for the particular industry involved.
Have a little beach fun without leaving your classroom. Beach Ball Buzz can be as fun as you choose depending on the questions you write on the ball. Make them related to your topic or completely frivolous and fun.
The more technology brings us together, the smaller the world becomes. Where in the world are you from? Or, where in the world is your favorite place?
Be ready for the GED reading test. Find out what you need to know, what kind of questions to expect, how much time you'll have, and where you can find learning resources.
You may have people in your group who hate the name game so much they’ll still remember everyone’s name two years from now! Ha! You can make it harder by requiring everyone to add an adjective to their name that starts with the same letter (e.g. Cranky Carla, Blue-eyed Bob, Zesty Zelda). You get the gist.
If you think earning a GED makes you a loser, take a look at our list of celebrity dropouts who earned a GED. You, too, can be successful with a GED.
People Bingo is the most popular classroom ice breaker game for adults. Modify it for your next girls' night out with this easy-to-make game card.
What's on the new 2014 GED mathematical reasoning test? Find out what kind of questions to expect and how much time you'll have.
You want to go back to school, but what should you learn? If you're going back to school to get a job, or a better job, go back in one of these high-growth job industries.
What is adult education? So many adults are returning to the classroom that the term adult education has become somewhat confusing.
How do you know which online GED and high school diploma websites are trustworthy? The most important thing to remember is that there is no GED online test. There are reputable sites to help you study and practice. High school diplomas online are another matter. Don't get scammed.
Where can you find free online GED testing? Get the straight scoop.
A brainstorm race is a great way to review topics you've already covered, and have some energizing fun in the process. Teams race to brainstorm and list as many items as they can in a certain amount of time---without speaking!
Definition? Meaning? Pronunciation? No doubt you've got questions. It's a weird word. Look it up in the glossary!
Khan Academy Can Help You with Math, and Almost Every Other Subject
What's on the 2014 GED social studies test? Find out what you need to know and how much time you'll have to take the test.
A snowball fight in the classroom is pure fun, and it's also a great way to introduce students or review a topic. Using paper from your recycle bin makes it even better.
People Bingo, or Human Bingo, is one of the most popular ice breaker games for adults in the classroom and girls' nights out. Get ideas for your own game cards. See our entire collection.
Need a topic concerning women for your essay or research paper? We've got 10 good ones to get your creative juices flowing.
The information you need to pursue your GED credential in the state of California. Learn about how and where to take your GED test.
Once you make the decision to go back to school, you want to make sure you'll be successful. We chose 8 ways to be successful at school from Lynn F. Jacobs's and Jeremy S. Hyman's book
Remembering math can make going back to school scary. We've started a collection of math help to ease your fears.
How is adult learning different from traditional learning? Knowing the principles of adult learning can make going back to school easier, whether you're going back for your GED, degree, continuing education, or personal development.
In the second part of the hero's journey, the hero is presented with a problem or challenge. For readers to be involved, they need to know the stakes.
Are you ready to teach your adult education class? We've got 5 crucial skills to help you, and lots of supporting information.
Teaching adults can be challenging if you've got a student who is consistently disruptive. Learn some effective classroom management techniques.
What's on the new 2014 GED science test? Find out what you need to know and how much time you'll have.
There are many different types of degrees out there. Which one is right for you? It depends on what you want to do with your education.
Creative students excel. Play a game in the classroom that helps your students be creative. Based on Al Beck's Imaginative Symbol-Association, or I S-A (eye-say).
Change the size or look of your screen font with these easy instructions.
What is asynchronous learning? What is the difference between asynchronous and synchronous learning?
Does speaking in class freak you out? Improve your public speaking skills with these seven tips.
What's your learning style? Find out with our collection of learning styles inventories.
Do you know when to capitalize letters? Capitalizing the wrong words can give people the wrong impression of your writing ability. There are only three times when you use uppercase letters.
The information you need to pursue your GED credential in Texas.
This is your GED/High School Equivalency overview, with info about prep, online resources, courses, practice, and the big test - everything you need to know.
A learning contract is a document to compare current abilities with desired abilities, and determine the best strategy for bridging the gap.
Ice breakers and party games for adults can be a teacher's best friend. Why? We'll give you five good reasons.
If you’re the type of person who does well with self-study, there are many resources available to help you prepare for the GED exam on your own. Classes, online or on campus, are great, but they’re not for everyone. Here’s a list of GED books available at most book stores, or online. Many of these study guides are also available in Spanish.
You know the song. These are a few of my favorite things... Use this ice breaker just for fun, or customize it to your topic.
Writing can make non-traditional students a little nervous. If you're going back to school after decades, we've got 6 tips for improving your writing skills.
What are the pros and cons of MOOCs? We culled pros and cons of massive open online courses from Nathan Heller's article for The New Yorker, Laptop U.
Before you spend your money to return to school, and your employer’s money, ask these five questions about tuition reimbursement plans.
If you continue to wish you had your college degree, stop wishing. It's not too late, no matter how old you are. You don't have to do it on your own. All kinds of help is available for the asking.
Be sure your school or program is accredited or your diploma could be meaningless. There are bogus accreditation agencies out there, and bogus schools all too willing to slap a fake logo on their website and take your money.
Learning styles are as important in the workplace as they are in the classroom. Find out why.
Rent your textbooks instead of buying them and you'll not only contribute to saving the environment, you'll save enough to buy a skinny venti mocha no whip every morning.
Should you buy a diploma? A fake certificate? Fake CEUs? You can. You can buy fake diplomas, fake professional certificates, fake CEUs, but should you?
Adult students often worry about their writing skills. You'll find help with writing here, whether you're a student or not.
You've probably heard people talk about experiential learning. What is it exactly? Look it up!
Do you know the elements that make stories successful? Satisfying? They're the elements of the hero's journey. What are they? We'll show you. Understand the hero's journey and get a better English grade.
What is a non-traditional student? They're increasingly in the news. Find out what makes a student non-traditional.
Begin with the end in mind is one of Stephen Covey's seven habits of highly effective people. For non-traditional students, starting the year with graduation in mind can be a good way to get over the jitters of going back to school.
Nobody wants to attend a boring conference. Make your next conference memorable by following these eight suggestions from Thom Singer, the Conference Catalyst.
Listening is a study skill most of us take for granted. Test your listening skills and then start practicing active listening in the classroom. It's where your studying begins.
The resurrection in the hero's journey is the climax of the story, the last dangerous meeting with death. The hero must be cleansed from the journey before returning to the Ordinary World. Upon his return with the elixir, life is different, truly changed.
Should you buy a diploma? A fake GED? You can. You can buy fake diplomas, fake GEDs, fake degrees, but should you?
The hero, armed with the mentor’s gifts, agrees to face the journey. This is the turning point between Act One and Act Two, the crossing from the Ordinary World into the Special World. The hero is wholeheartedly committed and there is no turning back.
Do you know these 10 facts about financial aid for non-traditional students? Money for college is available for everyone.
Students looking for home health aide training in New York to enter the medical field can enroll in Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York. The FLCC HHA certification program provides all the preparation needed for the HHA exam, while home health aide training gives graduates access to caregiver jobs in a growing field.
Are there really free GED classes? There are, but read websites carefully. Many offer free practice tests but charge for classes. Here are three truly free resources. We like free. We especially like free GED classes.
If they made a movie of your life, what kind of movie would it be and who would be cast as you? Are you Bond...James Bond? Or more the Ahnold type? Maybe you’re like Scarlet in Gone With the Wind. Or Cat Woman. Is your life an adventure, drama, romance, or horror flick? Entertain us.
The GED Writing Test has been replaced by the new 2014 GED Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) Test.
The information you need to pursue your GED credential in the state of Florida.
The information you need to pursue your GED credential in the state of Georgia.
Meditation can help you manage the stress of going back to school as an adult. Learn how and your stress will start melting away today.
Are you ready for the beginning of your online course? These 5 tips about computers will help you be prepared to learn online.
Adult literacy is a global problem. One in five adults cannot read. Here are 5 ways you can help improve adult literacy.
A collection of inspirational quotes from famous figures throughout history, focusing on the craft of teaching for adults.
It's easy to get stuck in a routine, but is that the life you want? Be inspired to change your life with 8 motivations to create the life you want.
Applying for a FAFSA loan at fafsa.gov, the U.S. Department of Education's website, is free. It's also complicated. Should you pay someone to help you?
Contrary to popular belief, research proves that studying several subjects in one sitting, studying those subjects in different settings, and frequent testing helps students improve memory.
A list of ideas for making the most of study time if you have a tactile, kinesthetic learning style.
Don't rely on the Internet alone when researching your papers. We put together a list of 10 places you'll find information that will make your paper stand out.
Your assignment is to write a research paper. How? I'll walk you through the process in 10 steps. Writing research papers just got easier. Ready? Let's get started.
The information you need to pursue your high school equivalency diploma in New York.
It can be especially difficult for adult students to stay motivated when they're balancing school, work, and life. Offer an inspirational quotation to keep them going.
What credentials do you need for the dream jobs out there? We have 10 ways to find them.
You're busy. You work. You have a family. Maybe a garden or some other great project. And you're a student. How do you balance it all? Try our five time management tips.
Scholarships are the very best way to pay for your return to college, but where do you find them? We've got a list to get you started.
This is your GED/High School Equivalency information center. What's involved in earning your high school equivalency certificate or diploma?
Certified nurse assistants (CNAs) help registered nurses manage a variety of medical tasks related to patient care. This entry-level health career requires 130 to 160 hours of training and can be completed without a GED. With steady, strong job growth predicted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics through 2018, finding free CNA training or low-cost nurse aide classes at schools like Finger Lakes Community College makes sense for workers looking for job stability.
P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) has championed the education of women since it was founded in 1869. It's a finalist for Best Scholarship for Adult Students in the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.
Make your speech a great speech, one people remember, one that sticks. Six sticky principles by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.
Information you need to pursue your high school equivalency diploma in Indiana, formerly GED.
What time of day do you learn best? Take Ron Gross's learning styles inventory to discover your peak learning time.
What's on the new HiSET high school equivalency test offered by some states? We'll tell you which states offer the test and what's on it.
Are you good at listening? Find out with this free, printable listening quiz. Test your perception of your own listening skills.
Meaningful conversation is one of the most important aspects of learning, especially for adults. Sadly, it doesn't happen very often anymore. Whether you're the teacher or the ageless learner, following Ron Gross's suggestions for stimulating meaningful conversation will enliven your classroom and your dinner table.
Once you've identified what you want to go back to school to learn, how do you find the right school? Clearly, location and cost are big factors. If you live in a metropolitan area, you've got a lot more choices. Sometimes there can be so many schools to choose from that it's difficult to know which one is best for you.
We've added to our list of celebrity dropouts who earned a GED. If they could do it, so can you. Be inspired by others like yourself who didn't finish high school and went on to be successful.
Ron Gross and Sue Salko discuss the popular life review classes that have become so popular. They show you what a class is like, give examples of popular works, and tell you how you can learn to teach life review classes yourself.
Wouldn’t it be great to have super powers? If you could have one super power, which one would you choose?
A goal like being a better employee or getting a raise is easier to reach when you have a personal development plan.
When you see a wise old man or woman in a story, think mentor. The mentor represents the bond between parent and child, teacher and student, doctor and patient, god and man. The function of meeting with the mentor is to prepare the hero to face the unknown, to accept the adventure.
The hero has adjusted to the Special World and goes on to seek its heart, the inmost cave. She passes into an intermediate zone with new threshold guardians and tests. She approaches the place where the object of the quest is hidden and where she will encounter supreme wonder and terror. She must use every lesson learned to survive.
Information you need to earn your high school equivalency diploma in New Jersey, formerly GED.
Money is pretty powerful. How’s that for an understatement! It’s easy to think having a lot of it would solve all our problems, but history shows otherwise. If you won the lottery, what would you do with all the cash?