Spring Tutoring Refresher 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Open Door Learning Center - Lake Street
2700 Lake Street (above Denny's)
Minneapolis,, MN 55406

2017 Spring Tutoring Refresher

Join over 100 other tutors and teachers to share experiences and pick up new ideas for tutoring.

This free mini-conference will feature a variety of 50-minute sessions designed to give you practical ideas and activities. The will be sessions appropriate for 1-1 tutors, classroom assistants, and small group leaders.

(Please note that this event is intended for tutors who are working with ADULT students.)

8:30 - 9:00               Registration, Bagels and mingle

9:00 - 9:50               Concurrent sessions

10:00 - 10:50           Concurrent sessions 

11:00 - 11:50           Concurrent sessions

11:50 - 12:00           Evaluation and Wrap Up

Sessions (as of 4/4/17, subject to change)

9:00 – 9:50
Teaching Conversation Skills
Andrea Echelberger
Ask your learners what they’d like to work on and the majority of them will say, “conversation”. In order for our learners to feel comfortable engaging in conversation outside the classroom, we need to give them explicit instruction and opportunities to practice conversational strategies. Learn fun, interactive ways to help your students build fluency in English conversation.

So You Think You Know Your Verb Tenses 
Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt

Can you tell the difference between the present progressive and the present perfect?  Is present progressive the same thing as present continuous, or not?  Why does English have two completely different ways to mark past tense?  If questions like these perk up your ears, come talk English grammar with us!  If your learners ask you questions about English verb tenses, and you feel inadequately prepared to answer them, then this is the session for you!  We’ll take a comprehensive look at the English tense and aspect system, so the next time a student asks you what the past participle of “think” is, you’ll be ready!

What are the CCR Standards and Why Do They Matter? 
Burgen Young

There is a new acronym in town. The College and Career Readiness Standards are coming to an adult learning center near you. What do they look like? Why is the field adopting them? How will they affect adult literacy volunteers? Join us for an introduction and overview.

Are You a Good Stage Manager?  Rehearsing Best-Practice Lesson Stages that Help Students Take the Lead
Erin Cary
What does an effective, student-centered lesson look like?  How do teachers know how to sequence activities that will build conceptual understanding, introduce new language or tasks, allow students to practice learning targets in a supported environment and demonstrate their learning?  In this session, we'll go over the 7 stages of an engaging, impactful lesson driven by students (with examples at different levels of proficiency), according to ACES best practices (state recommendations for ABE professionals). 

High-Impact, Low-Prep Activities Debbie Cushman, Christian Preston
Have you ever needed to substitute teach at the last minute in a classroom you’re not familiar with? Have you ever run out of lesson activities before the end of class? This session will look at time-tested no- and low-prep ideas for meaningful lessons at different levels. 
10:00 – 10:50
Making Grammar FUNctional  
Sheri Lear

Transform your grammar instruction by helping learners move from structure to meaning. This session will present a different way to view grammar - one that allows learners to interact with the grammar to discover patterns and rules. Several low prep/high FUNction activities will be presented, and, time permitted, we'll work together to design new ones.  This session is geared toward tutors working with beginning to intermediate level ELL learners.

Fun Activities for Practicing Vocabulary 
Rob Podlasek
ESL students need ample opportunity to revisit the vocabulary they are learning. Come pick up some fun ways to review and practice vocabulary words.

Keep Them Coming Back! Classroom Strategies to Increase Student Retention 
Theresa Sladek
In this session we will discuss easy ways to encourage students to stay and progress in ESL and GED educational settings. Come and learn how to implement current educational research on creating "persistence learners.” We will discuss and practice simple and effective strategies that have been shown to have a significant impact on helping students stay in school to achieve their educational goals.

Adayg Badanaa!  (It’s Hard!):  The Challenges of English for Somali Speakers
Ebyan Abdulle, Wendy Roberts
Put yourself in your students’  shoes by learning some Somali vocabulary about spring, learn about a few key linguistic differences between Somali and English, and talk about cultural differences that you may observe in your classrooms.

Hidden Pronunciation Opportunities    Suzanne McCurdy
You don't need to plan a separate pronunciation lesson in order to help your learners with their intelligibility. In this session, we will explore ways to integrate pronunciation into already existing plans and common classroom activities.
11:00 – 11:50
Fun and Interactive Grammar Games 
Andrea Echelberger

Grammar is a central part of many ESL classes; with a little creativity, it can also be a lot of fun! Participants in this hands-on workshop will get to try out five grammar games that work with a variety of grammar features, and can be adapted for beginning to advanced level classes.

Tutor Tips Live!  
Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt

The literacy council Tutor Tips blog (mnliteracy.org/tools/tutor-tips) brings fun, easy to use, and practical teaching & tutoring ideas to your email inbox every week.  If you’re not familiar with Tutor Tips (or would just like to pick up some fresh ideas for tutoring) come to this session for a hands-on demonstration of five favorite Tutor Tips to practice speaking and pronunciation skills.

That’s Not the End of the Story:  Activities for Retelling and Summarizing 
Rob Podlasek

Retelling and summarizing are two key reading comprehension skills. Come learn (and try) a few fun ideas for teaching and practicing each of these two important competencies. Activities will be adaptable to all levels of reading students.

Ask the Executive Director: Advocating for Students and for the Cause
Eric Nesheim

Minnesota Literacy Council Executive Director Eric Nesheim will discuss advocacy efforts that are currently underway, and where the field stands in terms of funding/policy changes for the coming year. Discussion will include thoughts on how volunteers and students can get involved in the process. He is also looking forward to your questions.

Effective Teacher Talk: Slow Down and Bite Your Tongue 
Meghan Boyle

Learn the art of saying so much with so few words.  No matter your level of experience, examine the fundamental strategies that maximize learner understanding and participation. This session is for volunteers working in ESL classrooms, low-literacy to intermediate level.