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NEWSLETTER / APRIL/98 V-15 NO. 3

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NAASLN

Mnemonic note paper

National Speaking Schedule

Pennsylvania Statewide Staff Development Project

 

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NAASLN

   Mark your calendars for the end of September, beginning of October.  Plan to attend the National Association for adults with Special Learning Needs Conference which will be held this year in St. Louis.   For those of you who have attended previous NAASLN conferences, you know that it is time well spent.  For those of you who do not know about NASSLN, you should!  To obtain information about NASSLN contact the national office at 202-216-9623 or for information about the 1998 Conference contact: Diane Glass at: 785-296-7159.

 

 

 

 

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Mnemonic note paper

   We have enclosed a sheet of Mnemonic Notepaper demonstrating how it might be used to take notes about Tic Tac Toe Math; click here to see an overview of the worksheet.  This notepaper was developed by Dr. Cooper for students who need alternative techniques for note taking.  The paper is designed to enhance organization, learning, memory and self-confidence.  The notepaper is printed differently on each side to ensure organization and provide space for specific information.

        Organization:  Since many students with learning differences have difficulty with organization, this notepaper has build-in help for students to improve their organization skills.  Specifically, there are spaces for name, date, note page number.  The notepaper can be used for class notes or reading assignments with space on top of the page to identify the activity.   Notes are made only on the front of the notepaper so that students can find information more easily.

        Learning:  Learning is enhanced when the students use the cross reference column to the right of the page.  Here students make reference to other notes, reading material, study cards and other sources of information.  By consciously linking information, students  improve their learning.  On the bottom there is a spot for a teacher, tutor or other helper to mark that the notes have been checked for accuracy.  This will reduce the students' frustration caused by studying and learning inaccurate information which might be recorded in the notes.  On the back there are spaces for re-writing key concepts/terms and a WorkNet for the collection of vocabulary or spelling words. 

       Memory:  The adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" is especially true for individuals who possess weak language skills.  The column on the left of the notepaper and a quarter of the back page are designed for students to translate their notes into mnemonics, illustrations, symbols or diagrams.  These visuals are often easier to remember than words, especially for students who have weak language skills or weak vocabularies.   On the back there is also space for jotting down questions as they come up, so the questions are not forgotten. 

       Self-Confidence is improved because, by completing the various parts of the notepaper, the students feel a sense of achievement, and the students can concretely demonstrate that by checking Mastered at the bottom of the page when they feel confident that the material on that page has been mastered.  

 

 

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National Speaking Schedule

   Dr. Cooper will be on the road to make a number of presentations in addition to the training he does for the PA Statewide Staff Development Project.  On April 27th he will talk about Attention Deficit Disorder to a chaper of Tough Love in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  On May 2nd he will be the featured speaker at the Western North Carolina Literacy Conference in Ashville, NC.  On May 7th he will be the featured speaker at the Pennsylvania Practical Nursing Coordinators' Conference in Lewisburg, PA.  He will be conducting trainings for adult literacy teachers at two technical schools in Georgia: May 16th at DeKalb Technical and May 22nd at Swainboro Technical.  On June 1st Dr. Cooper has been invited to be the Commencement Speaker for college graduates at Inglis House, A Wheelchair Community, Philadelphia, PA.  

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Pennsylvania Statewide Staff Development Project

    Space does not allow for a listing of the training sessions which Dr. Cooper conducted since the last newsletter.  The following is a list of the training sessions he will be conducting in April.  The training he conducted in January, Februrary and March as well as the May and June schedule are listed on the web site.

April 3 York Literacy Council York
If They Learn Differently, Shouldn't They Study Differently? 9:00 - 12:00
April 3 York Adult High School York
Avoidance Styles and the Fear of Success 2:00 - 5:00
April 6 Norristown Literacy Council Norristown
Roundtable Discussion about Reading Techniques 7:00 - 8:45
April 7 Susquehanna Co. Literacy Council Montrose
Techniques for Teaching Adults with Learning Problems 5:30 - 9:00
April 8 Franklin Co. Literacy Council Chambersburg
Techniques for Teaching Adults with Learning Problems 2:00 - 5:00
April 15 Jewish Family Services Philadelphia
Teaching ESL and Reading 2:00 - 4:00
April 20 New Castle Public Library New Castle
Cooper Screening for Information Processing (C-SIP) 5:30 - 9:00
April 21 Adult Literacy Action Beaver
Demonstration of the C-SIP 9:00 - 12:00
April 21 Adult Literacy Action Oil City
Test Anxiety and Teaching Reading, Writing and Math 5:30 - 9:00
April 22 Titusville School District Adult Education Titusville
Designing Adult Education Programs To Meet the Needs of Adults with Learning Differences 9:00 - 12:00
April 22 Crawford Co. Read Titusville
Techniques for Teaching Adults who Learn Differently 1:00 - 4:00
April 22

 

Crawford Co. Read Meadville
Teaching Reading, Writing and Math 5:30 - 9:00
April 23

 

Intermediate Unit # 9 Smethport
Designing Adult Education Programs to Meet the Needs of Adults with Learning Differences 5:30 - 9:00
April 24

 

Northwest Professional Development Center Erie
Cooper Screening of Information Processing (C-SIP) 10:00 - 2:00
April 25

 

JCCEOA Punxsutawney
In Depth Session on Teaching Math 9:00  - 2:00

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