Teaching Strategies: Resources for Adult Educators

Expand/Collapse Teaching Strategies: Resources for Adult Educators


This collection of resources features strategies to facilitate learning in the adult education classroom. Included are techniques for promoting group discussion, encouraging critical thinking, and managing the classroom environment.

In addition to videotaped segments from actual classroom settings, you will find interviews with the classroom teachers who discuss the model lessons and their teaching approaches.

  • Model Lesson: Pre-Teaching

    In this pre-teaching scenario, adult education instructor Duane Lambert gets his learners involved in understanding elements of persuasion while introducing some basic concepts and essential questions. Effective pre-teaching sets the tone for your class and lets learners know what to expect. Pre-teaching can act as a "hook" to get your learners' attention. It lets learners know what to expect and helps begin the process of connecting prior knowledge with new concepts.

    These resources are part of KET's Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Model Lesson: Using Music to Make a Connection

    In this video, adult education instructor Duane Lambert uses a song to demonstrate techniques of persuasion. Learners work in groups to discuss persuasive techniques used in the song's lyrics to deliver its message.

    These resources are part of KET's Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Model Lesson: Graffiti Fence

    In this video, viewers learn about working with a "graffiti fence". Adult education instructor Duane Lambert asks learners to think about current issues important to them. Learners write the issues on a "graffiti fence" and consider how to persuade others to agree with their point of view.

    These resources are part of KET's Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Model Lesson: Working In Groups

    In this video, adult education instructor Duane Lambert puts learners into groups to formulate arguments for and against a specific issue. Each group discusses their position and prepares to deliver a persuasive argument.

    These resources are part of KET's Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Model Lesson: Using a Graphic Organizer

    Using the persuasive arguments developed in learner groups, adult education instructor Duane Lambert demonstrates how a graphic organizer can help learners organize their thoughts.

    These resources are part of KET's Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Model Lesson: Closure

    In this video, viewers watch the conclusion of a lesson where instructor Duane Lambert asks learners to identify something they learned, the questions they have, and the concepts that connect with something they already know. At the conclusion of a lesson, it is helpful to have students reflect on the topic and consider how, or if, it relates to prior knowledge. Having an activity or a short questionnaire to complete at the end of every class will help them with this process.

    These resources are part of KET's Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Model Lesson: Teacher Interview: Parts of the Lesson

    Adult education instructor Duane Lambert discusses his approach to designing lessons for adult learners. He describes how his lessons transition through the stages of pre-teaching, teaching, and closure. 

    These resources are part of KET's Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Differentiation in the ABE Classroom: Pre-Teaching

    In this video, adult education instructors Pat Marshall and Elizabeth Dinkins use pre-teaching techniques and everyday items to introduce a lesson on fractions and ratios. They review the work that learners completed in several pre-teaching activities.

    These resources are part of KET’s Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Differentiation in the ABE Classroom: Teaching

    Adult education instructors Pat Marshall and Elizabeth Dinkins demonstrate a teaching style of explicit instruction while using real-life examples to demonstrate ratio and to illustrate the relationship between fractions and ratios. Team teaching can also be an effective approach in the adult education classroom. Having more than one teacher allows for more individualized instruction and makes it possible for information to be presented in different formats.

    These resources are part of KET’s Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Differentiation in the ABE Classroom: Differentiation of Activities

    In this video, adult education instructors Pat Marshall and Elizabeth Dinkins give learners several out-of-seat activities to illustrate and practice the concepts in the day’s lesson.

    These resources are part of KET’s Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+
  • Differentiation in the ABE Classroom: Closure

    Adult education instructors Pat Marshall and Elizabeth Dinkins review the day’s lesson using a series of closure activities including  a series of "I can" statements, questions about the lesson, and exit slips. At the conclusion of a lesson, it is helpful to have learners reflect on the topic and consider how, or if, it relates to prior knowledge. Having an activity or a short questionnaire to complete at the end of every class will help them with this process. Framing the concepts in a series of “I can” statements can give learners a sense of accomplishment.

    These resources are part of KET’s Teaching Strategies collection.

    Grades: 13+

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