The GED® test webinar archive


"Tuesdays for Teachers"  Webinar Series

“Tuesdays for Teachers,” is a free professional development webinar series for educators. Presented by Bonnie Goonen and Susan Pittman, this webinar series will take a deeper dive into classroom strategies and techniques for the GED® test’s four test subjects. Sessions are designed for educators who have already completed foundational-level training, either by attending in-person training or by using self-guided professional development resources.

Thinking Strategies for Crafting Constructed Responses: One Step at a Time (Part 2) (June 28, 2016)

Analyzing the prompt and the evidence in source texts is a highly important first step in the writing process. However, there is more to crafting an effective piece of argumentative writing. Join the Tuesday for Teachers team as they explore routines to teach each step in the drafting of a constructed response. Access a variety of graphic organizers and strategies that you can use in your classroom to assist your students in taking their writing from a scorable 0 to a 1 or even to a 2 level. This webinar builds on the tasks introduced in the May webinar and provides new resources and ideas for the classroom.


Thinking Strategies for Crafting Constructed Responses (Part 1) (May 24, 2016)

The Reasoning through Language Arts section of the GED® test requires that test takers craft an extended response. Because writing is a complex thinking process, students need to learn many different skills and strategies to become more proficient writers. Join the Tuesday for Teachers team as they explore visible thinking routines for crafting an extended response. Experience how to make thinking processes visible in your writing classroom as we engage in activities and discuss the impact of integrating thinking routines into crafting a constructed response. Learn about some specific thinking routines and test-taking tips to assist your students in becoming more confident in their writing skills.

Making Mathematical Thinking Processes Visible (April 26, 2016)

The Mathematical Reasoning section of the GED® test challenges students to think differently and more deeply about mathematics. Join the Tuesday for Teachers’ team as they explore visible thinking routines. Experience how to make thinking processes visible in your math classroom as we engage in activities and discuss the impact of integrating thinking routines into mathematical reasoning. Learn about some specific thinking routines and test-taking tips to assist your students in becoming more confident in their mathematical reasoning skills.

Hitting the Mark - Taking a Deeper Dive Into Reading (March 22, 2016)

The GED® test requires that students possess strong reading skills across all content areas, including mathematics. Join the Tuesdays for Teachers team as they explore close reading strategies that will assist your students in meeting the standards for the GED® test. This session will focus on reading strategies for working with informational text, as well as strategies for interpreting problems on the Mathematical Reasoning test. Learn about specific test-taking tips and resources that will assist your students in hitting the mark and earning a high school credential.

Staying on Track and Hitting the Marks (February 23, 2016)

What does the re-calibration of the GED® test scores mean for instructors and students? Join us for an insightful conversation about what the score changes mean for adult learners and instructors. The webinar will focus on how to stay on track with what you’re doing in the classroom and why now is actually the best time to pull out all the stops in preparing your students to test successfully.

Putting It All Together: Looking at Skill Sets (December 8, 2015)

Join us for our last Tuesdays for Teachers webinar in 2015 as we look at selected skill sets of the High Impact Indicators. During this webinar, we will explore different ways to integrate similar skills across the different content areas. Revisit selected research-based strategies as we discover ways to enhance instructional practices across the different content areas.  During this webinar, we will also provide a GED® test update, including national statistics and new resources.

Scientific Minds Want to Know: Strategies for Addressing High Impact Areas of the GED® Science Test (November 17, 2015)

Dig deeper into the high impact areas of science and explore some strategies, activities, and even a few experiments that you can use in the classroom. Join us as we use the 5E Instructional Model to promote scientific learning. Take a closer look at how short answer questions are crafted and how to help students make a deeper connection with the wonderful world of science.

All About Scoring (September 22, 2015)

* Update - As of March 1 2016, Extended Response is no longer included on the Social Studies test.

A must-have for educators, this webinar will focus on providing effective tips for getting test-takers higher scores on the extended response questions in RLA. Become more familiar with the performance expectations for these tasks and gain insight into what is needed to improve student responses. With a focus on Trait 1 of the scoring rubric, look at actual student responses and how to work with the scoring tools and rubrics. This webinar will also include a review of tips to quickly improve test-taker performance on constructed response items.

Argumentative Writing: A Key to Teaching Constructed Response (June 23, 2015)

* Update - As of March 1 2016, Extended Response is no longer included on the Social Studies test.

It’s not just about Reasoning Through Language Arts! This webinar will focus on the process of teaching argumentative writing – one step at a time. Dig deeper into the different parts of argumentative writing and how to integrate this process in constructed responses for Reasoning Through Language Arts and Science. This webinar will provide you with strategies, frames, and graphic organizers for teaching argumentative writing – both in extended responses and short answers. Remember, it’s all about assisting our students in becoming more effective writers.

Close Reading: A Key to Teaching Constructed Response (May 26, 2015)

* Update - As of March 1 2016, Extended Response is no longer included on the Social Studies test.

Close reading is an important skill for our students to acquire. This webinar will concentrate on the importance of close reading skills for the GED® Reasoning Through Language Arts and Science tests. Learn about strategies that you can use to help students more effectively gather evidence, knowledge, and insight from what they read. This webinar will concentrate on the steps that you can integrate in the classroom to teach the skill of close reading using non-fiction text.

Improving Students’ Mathematical Problem-Solving Skills  (April 28, 2015)

As in the past, the lowest scores and passing rates on any GED® content area test are on the Mathematical Reasoning test. Students struggle with mathematics in part due to their lack of conceptual understanding and their reliance on rules and shortcuts to solve problems. This webinar will focus on strategies and resources that can be used in the classroom to enhance students’ mathematical reasoning skills, whether the focus is on quantitative or algebraic reasoning. During this webinar, explore different strategies and graphic organizers that will enhance your students’ mathematical problem-solving skills.

Mathematical Reasoning (March 24-26, 2015)

In this webinar, we’ll take a deep dive into the content covered on the 2014 GED® test - Mathematical Reasoning. We’ll take a look at the types of questions that students are missing on the test and examine the skills students need in order to answer these question correctly. We’ll also explore teaching strategies and techniques that you can use in your classroom to help students develop these skills. 

Read Frequently Asked Questions about the 2014 GED® test.