What are some good materials to use with adult learners?

01 Dec 2018 1:37 PM | Kathaleen R. Burke

I am a teacher in a workplace development center. My students range in age from 16 to 24 years and are preparing to take the TASC Exam. Do you have any advice or suggestions about curricula that I could use to help them be successful on the exam?                                                B. Milks

The Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) was selected to replace the GED. The test is designed to measure content and skills matched to contemporary high school curriculum.  Having said that, it’s important to note that the majority of students I have worked with on the TASC have below grade level reading skills.  My approach to that has been to use middle school materials to teach the content and then practice the test with TASC materials. The students are able to use the middle school materials to build understanding and gain confidence.  We use TASC review and practice materials prepare them to sit for the exam based on the content they learned from readable activities.

My experience has been successful in terms of student participation and engagement. No exam results yet.  

Comments are welcomed to expand this response with suggestions based on more experience.

Kathy Burke


  • 08 Dec 2018 8:18 PM | John Cunningham
    Regarding Beth Milks' TASC query:

    The TASC Test Advantage group has plenty of good stuff; study.com shows numerous strategies and Test-Guide.com has an equally good battery of prep tactics for this high school equivalency assessment.

    Running into individual hurdles in prep though, you might consider the 3-D approach, in which you identify a phenomenon (not easy, but worth it) that will permit you to challenge the student to ask questions leading to eliciting understandings of several core ideas at once. STANYS has recommendations for many phenomena-based lessons in this regard, and it's a good intro to the use of the NGSS in tutoring.

    --John Cunningham
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