Tuesday, November 24, 2009

GED Book Basket

To put together a GED book basket, you must first know your audience. Who are your students and what are their reading levels?

Once you have determined your reading level and interests, take a look at your GED book library and select 6 books. The books should be of different reading levels and genres.

Display your books in a basket somewhere visible in your GED room. You may also want to take some time and give a quick review of each book. If you teach a class, do it with the entire class. If you can't do it in a group, you can always do it with individual students.

The goal is to get students reading and learning.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

GED Small Group Math Instruction

Many students can successfully prepare for the GED Tests on their own. But there are equally as many, if not more, that require at least some instruction.

I have found some success in small group math instruction. It is, in a sense, a GED Math support group. There is a group of students that meet 3 mornings a week for about an hour and a half. We work through the Steck Vaughn GED Math book. Most days there is about 3-4 students. New students join on a regular basis. Some do not come every day, but for those who are able to... it really pays off. Two students have recently taken their GED math tests, and both passed with scores in the 500+.

If you can, join or start your own GED Math Small Support Group. Have a "math conversation" every day and have fun!

Remember.... math can be fun!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

GED and Reading Skills

Taking the GED requires adequate reading skills. You need the reading skills to comprehend and analyze what you read to help you find the answer.

This is not always easy! If you find that you lack the necessary reading skills, you will want to do something about it.

First, start reading and stop watching tv! Try this. For every 10 minutes of tv you watch, read at least 5 minutes. If you are like many people, you watch about 3-4 hours a day. Pick up a book instead of a remote!

Second, find a good tutor. Check out the Literacy Council in your area. Many times they will work with you one on one.

Third, take a reading class. Check out your technical college. They may have reading refresher courses or a learning center where a qualified teacher can help.

Every GED test will have reading.... so you want to brush up your skills!

Good luck!