Category Archives: Fall2018nccHSEPrep

Language learning, local education, and lots of ideas

Spanish has always been my favorite language, especially after moving to the bilingual South West. Technically, I was hired for my experience in Unix which led to my MAT in mathematics, but on the ground, my love of learning languages proved to be more important in the classroom. As an adult education instructor at the Continuing Education division of the San Diego Community College District, my fluency proved helpful for many of my students, and also, of course, the ESL classes help our students from many nations contribute in the USA.

Every local educational institution has room for improvement, particularly when seen from both faculty and student perspectives. I posed some questions recently about ideas for implementing low-cost projects that would have been helpful to our students when I taught in North campus involving

1.) a small library or study area,
2.) workshops by CA Promise Program graduates, 
3.) an on-site nurse paid for by medi-Cal, and
4.) access to public transportation:

1.) Many of my students told me they didn’t have a quiet place to study.  While I know that space is in very short supply on the North campus, I wonder if a small area, possibly in the multipurpose room when it’s not being used, could be set aside with cubicles or movable small desks and a small movable lending library like the tiny libraries?

  2.)   I wonder, on the assumption of course that having graduated and started a new career as a professional with a bachelor’s degree anyone can be found who will have time, if any students having graduated with a bachelor’s degree after getting their first two years of community college paid for through the California promise program or with the San Diego promise program, could be persuaded to come back either as tutors, mentors, or even just to give workshops in the areas in which they got their educations?  Particularly accounting majors or paralegal/pre-law majors who could give small workshops on dealing with debt in California including, California statutes of limitations, or financial planning workshops or how to do your own taxes if you only need to do the 1040EZ, etc?  One-on-one tutoring, and also mentoring,  that supportive help, especially for our high school equivalency students, could be both useful and inspiring.  Seeing successfully graduated professionals with a bachelor’s degree who came through the community college system and are willing to spend individual time with them, even if only a couple of hours a week, could make a difference.  Could interns or SCORE volunteers put a program like this together?  Do we track or stay in touch with students who finish the California or San Diego promise program once they finish their bachelor’s degrees?

3.) Many of my students worked two jobs or for other reasons never had time to see a doctor even when they were ill. I wonder if it is possible to pay, through the Medi-Cal system, for a nurse to be on-site, perhaps based out of the office  of each campus, a couple of days/evenings a week?

4.)  One of the biggest problem areas that I saw for my car-free students was that neither the Continuing Education division, nor the CE faculty Union was able to get the transit authority to enforce acceptance of CE student IDs for the monthly bus and rail pass discount.  In planning for post-#Covid-19 classes, will we have any resources to address public transportation discount and access issues?

I imagine that some of these ideas may be a little overwhelming, because I understand that time and resources are extremely limited, but once in a while, as Dr. Rivera-Lacey noted: we do have to dream.

Please share your ideas for improving local education, or for supporting any other parts of our critical Public Domain Social Infrastructure!

Let’s #EndPoverty , #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail starting by improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure 4:
1. #libraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Walk !

#PublicDomainInfrastructure #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19

May, 12020 HE

SD Continuing Education (NCC) HSE Prep Class notes, etc Here…

Thanks to Ariana for suggesting Lesson Plan post: S. D. Jones…
For my students: Fall 2018 HSE (GED/Hiset) prep courses NCC SDCE

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Updated SyllabusMs. S. D. Jones Fall 2018 HSE and Diploma Syllabus: a Syllabus tells you the course schedule, what the course will be about, and what materials you will need for the course…

(Lesson Plan/Class Schedule Note: Thursday of Week 3, we changed to using one Passage for all three lectures, 7-7:30pm…)

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Week One:     LessonPlanTue4September2018   en32tens-e3-w-find-the-verb   Khan Academy Identifying Verbs activity    Subject-verb agreement worksheet      Khan Academy Subject verb agreement activity    AbsValWrksheetPlatoma9dh  Khan Academy Absolute Value activity   Day1ExitSlips

LessonPlanWed5September2018  Verb Tenses: To Be  Khan Academy verb tenses practice  Number Line and Subtraction  Khan Academy Greater Than/Less Than 2ndDayExitSlips

LessonPlanThurs6September2018 Khan Academy conjunctions practice  Interactive lie/lay quiz   Khan Academy LCM practice 33×33 Times Table Chart helps, 33MultTable especially if you write it by hand!!   3rdDayExitSlips

Week Two:

Day 4 Lesson Plan: Monday, 10 September, 2018

Khan Academy Subj Obj practice PRONOUNsPgs1to4
Khan Academy Prime Factorization practice FactorsPrimesWksheetDoPgs1and2 optional Fun ExtraSolving Multiplication Story Problems

Day 5 Lesson Plan: Tuesday, 11 September, 2018:

Khan Academy Indefinite Pronouns Interactive Indefinite Pronouns Worksheet Online IndefPronouns Prntable WrksheetWoutAns IndefPronouns Printable WksheetAnswers
Khan Academy Basic Adding negative integers BasicNegativeIntegersJustPg1
Day5 ExitSlips

Day 6 Lesson Plan: Wednesday, 12 September, 2018

Khan Academy that/which, who/whom practice Khan Academy fractions practice, Day 1 of 3
Day 6 ExitSlips


Day 7 Lesson Plan: Thursday, 13 September, 2018

Khan Academy Using modifiers: Adverbs vs. Adjectives Khan Academy fractions practice, Day 2 of 3

Week Three: Happy Constitution Week!

Day 8 Lesson Plan, Monday, 17 September, 2018
Today’s Grammar activity is with tomorrow’s lesson:
Comparatives & Superlatives
Khan Academy activity: subtracting fractions with unlike denominators Day8ExitSlips
Day 9 Lesson Plan, Tuesday, 18 September, 2018
Khan Academy Comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs optional extra activity: Comparatives & Superlatives Khan Academy Multiplying Fractions Khan Academy fractions-decimals Day 9 ExitSlips
Day 10 Lesson Plan, Wednesday, 19 September, 2018
Grammar activity (fewer vs. less): Khan Academy activity: Order of Operations powers of 10 Day 10 ExitSlips
Day 11 Lesson Plan, Thursday, 20 September, 2018
Khan Academy practice activity on intensifiers and adverbs of degree Khan Academy Subject-Verb agreement if you need more practice optional Khan Academy Challenge: Perspective Khan Academy activity on Dividing by 10, 100, 1000 Day11 ExitSlips
Day 12 Lesson Plan, Monday, September 24, 2018 Grammar online worksheet Math online worksheet Day12ExitSlips
Day 13 Lesson Plan, Tues, September, 2018 Grammar online worksheet Khan Academy Basic ratios online worksheet Day13ExitSlips
Day14, Lesson Plan, Wednesday, 26 September, 2018 Grammar online worksheets to choose from easy/medium/hard, Khan Academy Estimating online worksheet, Part 1 Khan Academy online worksheet for Estimating, part 2 Day14ExitSlips
Day 15 Lesson Plan, Thur, September, 2018 Grammar: Ending a Sentence… Math: US measurement conversions Day15ExitSlips
Day 16 Lesson Plan, Monday, October 1st, 2018 Week5 What is a Proper Noun? (“A proper noun is the name of a particular person, place, organization, or thing. Proper nouns begin with a capital letter. Examples are ‘Peggy,’ ‘Tucson,’ and ‘the United Nations.'”) Capitalizing, Pt. 1, online activity Using Multiplication Tables for Exponents: Perfect Squares Diagonal Khan Academy Intro to Exponents online worksheet Day 16 Exit Question slips
El 2 de Octubre no se olvida Day 17, Week5, Tuesday, 2 October, 2018 Caps, Part 2 online worksheet Multiplication Tables: Square Numbers/Radical Diagonal Review of yesterday’s intro. Khan Academy continuing Exponents online worksheet Day 17 ExitSlips
Day 18 Wk 5 Wednesday 3 October 2018 Capitalizing (Use CHROME browser for this site) Exponents, part 2 The Radical Square Root!! Day 18 ExitSlips
Day 19, Week 5 Lesson Plan, Thursday, 4 October, 2018 Grammar: Caps Review, Intro. to Essay Writing Math: Exponents ARE Radical!! Day19ExitSlips
Week six
Day20Wk6Monday8October2018 Scheduling example: how to use a spreadsheet to plan big writing project, like a long research paper, or a novel Exponents: Pwrs of Zero and 1, -1 raised to even/odd powers Day20ExitSlips
Day21Wk6Tuesday9October2018 Grammar:essay writing (on paper): today, the Reading is via Closed Captions: Math Warm-up: Area and estimation on Khan Academy Practice Multiplying Powers: the Product Rule Practice Dividing Powers: the Quotient Rule Day21ExitSlips
Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 (Day 22, Week 6 of the 18 week Fall 2018 semester…) Grammar: Essay writing 3/4: on paper Easiest: Power of a power practice using the Power Rule Day22ExitSlips
Thursday, 11 October, 2018 Grammar: Essay writing 4/4 on paper more Power practice: powers of products and quotients practice Challenging exponents practice using The Power Rule Day23ExitSlips
Week Seven
Monday, 15 October, Lesson Plan Grammar: Essay Writing practice -Finish your Thesis Sentence, general Essay Outline, and detailed Intro. Paragraph Outline Negative Exponents: Intro. practice activity Monday, 15 October, Day 24, Week 7 Exit Slips
Tuesday, 16 October, 2018 lesson plan Grammar: compound sentences Converting Exponents to Radicals: Easy activity Converting Exponents to Radicals: Challenging activity day25ExitSlips
Wednesday, 17 October, 2018 Lesson Plan Grammar: commas and clauses Easiest math: area of rectangles & squares WedDay26ExitSlips
Thursday lesson plan, 18 October, 2018 Grammar: commas in intro./direct address How to find the height of a triangle Perimeter and Area of Triangles ThurExitSlps
Week Eight:
Lesson Plan Monday, 22 October, 2018 Day 28 Grammar: Essay Writing -write your Introductory Paragraph Three kinds of triangles Monday Day 28 ExitSlips
Tuesday, 23 October, Day 29, lesson plan Grammar: colons Math: similar triangles Tuesday, 23 October, Day 29, ExitTicket
Lesson Plan, Day 30, Week 8, Wednesday, 24 October, 2018 Grammar: semicolons and colons Math: solving similar triangle ratios Day 30, Week 8, Wednesday, 24 October, 2018 ExitTix
Thursday, 25 October, 2018, Day 31, Lesson Plan Grammar: Independent clauses Math: 2nd Intro. to Cartesian Coordinates Day 31 Exit Ticket
Week Nine:
Monday, 29 October, Day 32 Lesson Plan Grammar: Essay Writing -keep working on your Introductory Paragraph Math: Drawing polygons in the coordinate plane Day32ExitTix
Day33Wk9Tuesday30October2018 Grammar: coordinating conjunctions Math: Area of polygons on a grid/coordinate plane Day 33ExitTix
Lesson plan, Day 34, Wk 9, Wednesday, 31 October, 2018 Grammar: semicolons and colons How to find the height of a triangle Math: Circles and Pi See Computer Model with today’s reading Day 34 Exit Tix
Day 35 Lesson Plan, Week 9, Thursday, 1 November, 2018 Grammar: plural nouns ending in ‘f’ Math: Area of a circle Day 35 Exit Tix
Week Ten:
Day 36 Lesson Plan Monday, 5 November, 2018, Week 10 Grammar: Essay Writing -finish working on your Introductory Paragraph or start your Pros paragraph Math: area of Rectangles & Triangles together Day36ExitTik
Day 37, Week 10, Tuesday, 6 November, 2018 Grammar:Possessives -the apostrophe Math: Congruent and similar regions Day37ExitTicket
Day 38, Week 10, Lesson plan Wednesday, 7 November, 2018 Grammar: using a simile Math:Slope as ratio of Y:X Day 38 Exit Tix, Wednesday
Day 39 Lesson plan, Week 10, Thursday, 8 November, 2018 Reading Grammar:similes and metaphors Math: Area of circles and parts of circles Thursday Day 39 Exit Ticket
Week Eleven:
No Classes Monday: Veteran’s Day Homework: Grammar: Essay Writing -Start or continue working on your Pros paragraph math monday exit tix
Day 40, Week 11, Tuesday, 13 November, 2018 Grammar: Frequently confused words: affect/effect and here/hear Math: Pythagorean Theorem!!! Day 40 Exit Ticket
Day 41 Wk 11 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 Grammar: writing a paragraph more Pythagorean Theorem Day41ExitTicket
Day 42, Week 11, Thursday, 15 November, 2018 Grammar: Context and confusing words Area and the Pythagorean Theorem Day 42 Exit Ticket
Week Twelve:
Day 43, Lesson Plan: Monday, 26 November, 2018, Week 12 Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Pros paragraph Common Core Math, Skill practice #s4-6: Area and Circumference of Circles Day 43, Monday, ExitTix
Day 44, Week 12, Tuesday, 27 November, 2018 Grammar: Quotes and more Math: Using Exponents Day44ExitTicket
Day 45 lesson plan, Week 12, Wednesday, 28, November, 2018 Grammar: Coordinating conjunctions Simplify Roots Day45ExitTicket
Day 46, Week 12, Thursday, 29 November, 2018 Grammar: subordinating conjunctions Math: simplifying cubic roots Day46ExitTicket
Week Thirteen:
Day 47 Lesson Plan, Monday, 3 December, Week 13 Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Pros paragraph Common Core Math: Scale and Similarity Day 47 Exit Ticket, Monday, 3 December, Week 13
Day 48 Week 13, Tuesday, 4 December, 2018 Grammar: Dangling modifiers Math: Percent Increase Day 48 Exit Ticket
Day 49 Lesson Plan, Week 13, Wednesday, 5 December, 2018 Grammar: parallel structure in sentences Math: Simple Interest Day 49 Exit Ticket
Day 50 Week 13 Thursday, 6 December, 2018 Grammar: more practice with parallelism Math: Translating words into mathematical language Day 50 Exit Ticket
Week Fourteen:
Day51LessonPlanMonday10DecemberWk14 Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Cons paragraph Math: Linear expressions Day 51 Exit Tix
Lesson Plan for Tuesday, 11 December, 2018 Day 52 Grammar: Misplaced Modifiers Math: Solving one-step equations Please see Lesson plan for Day 52 ExitTix
Day 53 Week 14 , Wednesday, 12 December, 2018 Grammar: Prepositional Phrases review Math: Combining like terms Please see Lesson plan for Day 53 ExitTix
Day 54, Week 14, Thursday, 13 December, 2018 Grammar: Compound Prepositions Math: Solving linear equations Please see today’s Lesson plan for Day 54 exit tix
Week Fifteen:
Day 55, Week 15, Wednesday, 2 January, 2019 Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Cons paragraph math: Graphing linear inequalities Please see today’s Lesson plan (for Day 55 ) ExitTix
Day 56 Week 16, Thursday, 3 January, 2019 Grammar: Compound subjects Math: translating and solving simple inequalities Please see today’s Lesson plan exit tix Day 56
Please do Adult Learner Technology Survey, due by Friday, January 11. password: sdcestudent Week Sixteen:
Day 57 Lesson Plan, Monday, 7 January 2019, Week 16 Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Cons paragraph Math: review of slope and introduction to Slope-intercept form Please see today’s Lesson plan for ExitTicket
Day 58, Week 16, Tuesday, 8 January, 2019 Lesson Plan Grammar: Subject verb agreement with indefinite pronouns as subject Math: practicing graphing with slope-intercept form Please see today’s Lesson plan for Day ExitTix
Day 59 Lesson Plan, Week 16, Wednesday, 9 January, 2019 Grammar: individual help to finish essay Math: review linear inequalities Please see today’s Lesson plan for ExitTix
Day 60 lesson plan, Week 16, Thursday, 10 January, 2019 Grammar: Review of compound subjects and coordinating conjunctions Math: Write an equation given two points Please see today’s Lesson plan for exit tix
Week Seventeen:
day61lessonplanmonday14januarywk17, Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Cons paragraph math: Identifying and evaluating functions Please see today’s Lesson plan for ExitTicket
Tuesday, 15 January, 2019, week 17, Day 62 lesson plan Grammar: Sentence Fragments Reveiw Math: Systems of equations with graphing

Day 62: Please see today’s Lesson plan for ExitTicket
Wednesday, Day 63 lesson plan, 16 January, 2019 week 17 Grammar: Adverbs Math: Linear relationships from a table of data see lesson plan for Day 63 ExitTix
Day 64 lesson plan, Thursday, 17 January, 12019 HE, week 17 Grammar: Compound sentences Math: comparing slope of two or more lines Please see today’s Lesson plan for exit tix
Week Eighteen:
Day 65 Lesson Plan, Tuesday, 22 January, week 18 Grammar: Essay Writing -Continue working on your Conclusion paragraph Math: parabolas and the axis of symmetry Please see today’s Lesson plan for ExitTix
Day 66 lesson plan Wednesday, 23 January, 12019 HE, week 18 Grammar: run on sentences Math: Averages (Mean, Median and Mode) Please see today’s Lesson plan for ExitTix
day 67 lesson plan Thursday 24 January, 12019 HE, week 18 Grammar: Concluding sentences Math: Range Please see today’s Lesson plan for exit tix

MindMap: Why…

CornellNotes Cue is Things to Recall
CornellNotes Cue is Things to Recall

how to organize an essay
how to organize an essay

Eight different forms to express the same quantity
Eight different forms to express the equivalent quantity

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