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3 High Performance Tips to Learn from Tiger Woods’ Win at the 2019 Masters

You want to be a high performer —or a linchpin— in your field or business. Why wouldn’t you? Who does not like to look cool and smart?  But becoming a linchpin won’t happen overnight. Why, you may ask?

Because it requires hard word and learning from the champs. Really? Yes, indeed. Let’s use Tiger as an example. What can you learn from his win at the 2019 Masters Golf Tournament?

He is 43 and has had multiple surgeries. So, the cards were stacked against him in several ways. However, he knew one secret. He has probably heard Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s trainer,  repeat the secret over and over again: “The body has physical limitations. The mind does not.”

And that leads us to high performance tip # 1.

1- Using mental toughness. 

What does that mean? I am glad you asked. Let me explain. According to ,“ Mental toughness is the state of being strong enough to withstand adverse conditions or rough handling.”

Tiger exemplified this toughness on the golf course by managing the pressure with class and that led him to a one-shot victory.

Takeaway: To reach high performance you shouldn't spend energy on whining and complaining about your situation. Instead, you should remain focus and use your energy to take actions that will move you forward —or closer to your dreams.

Now let’s look at high performance tip # 2.

2- Learning from past mistakes to maximize future performances. 

Last year Tiger had a lead at the British Open but he made a few mistake that cost him the tournament. This year he’s worked hard to be consistent and reduce his margin of error.

For example, he says it himself, “ You can always become better.”  

Takeaway: To become a high performer you should reflect on past performances and mistakes and use the insights to do better next time. We both know that leaving future performances to hope and chance might lead to costly mistakes.

Ready for high performance tip # 3. Keep on reading...

3-  Keeping high concentration. 

Being able to focus on a task without getting distracted is what separates the pros from the average professionals. 

For example, the crowd at the Masters got excited and made some noise but Tiger kept his eyes on the golf ball and the fairways.  He also controlled and saved all his energy and released it at the last minute, after his winning shot.

Takeaway: Becoming a high performer requires high concentration. That is the ability to concentrate on tasks or projects and get them done in a timely manner. But celebrating small wins might be distracting—making you lose traction.

Want to read more about high performance tips and strategies? Check theses books out:

    1- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by  Cal Newport

    2- Peak: How to Master Almost Anything by K. Anders Ericsson

    3- The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

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15 Tools that Make the Adult-ed Math Class More Interesting and Engaging

You want to help your adult students to learner math. You want them to participate and try.... but it’s not happening. Rather, learners are reluctant to take risks. As a result, they dread your adult-ed math class. So, what I can do, you may ask?

See, your adult-ed math class does not have to be boring if you know what to do. Really? I am not kidding...

To quote Shakuntala Devi, “Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.”

Making your adult-ed math class interesting and engaging is the way to go. How? Let me explain.

The secret is to make the activities of your adult-ed math class practical, tangible and concrete. That way, the content and skills will be more attractive and accessible to your learners. But how do I do that?

I am glad you asked.  Start by using manipulatives that will make the math content come alive!  Before you ask what type of manipulatives, below is a list I’ve put together for you( and for your learners, of course)....You are welcome!

Tools to make an adult-ed math class engaging

1- Number lines to develop number sense

2- A double Sided X-Y Axis dry erase grid to practice with numbers

3- Wind-up tape measure 10 Meters/33 feet to practice using unit of measurements

4- Durable transparent 12 inch rulers shatterproof plastic to practice using unit of measurements

5- Graph Paper Notebook: 1 cm squares to practice calculating distance, perimeters and areas

6- Wiz dice random polyhedral dice in multiple colors to practice with numbers

7- Math addition, substraction, multiplication and division flashcards to practice and review the 4 operations

8- Activity cards for teaching place value

9- Flashcards for teaching currency and using numbers in context

10- A set of fake money to practice operations and the use of decimals in context

11- A bingo game to practice using Integers

12- Dry erase board to practice using basic place value and writing numbers:

13- A flip stand to practice using place value

14- Magnetic number lines to work on decimals and fractions

15- A poster with math keywords or a math word bank

Please do me a favor. Share these tools with adult-ed math teachers in your network. And go change your learners for the better!

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How Talented Adult Ed Teachers Prepare Students for TABE 11&12

Prepare students for TABE 11 & 12 is crucial to your class performance on the test.

Good adult ed instructors know how to utilize target standards, develop students’ skills and use testing materials to set students up for success.

You care for your students and want them to perform well on the TABE. But finding the right materials and tools to support your class is hard work.  

As you probably know, understanding the TABE is one thing but how you prepare your students for it makes all the difference.

That leads us to the top 3 tools below that guides the way competent teachers prepare students for TABE 11 & 12.

1. Sample Practice Questions for TABE 11 & 12

Competent teachers use the new sample practice questions. These questions are available online. There are not a lot of them. But the question stems allow students to understand TABE test format and structure.

For example, some teachers even use these questions to develop or find practice materials that mimic TABE 11 & 12 format.

2. The Objective Structure of TABE 11/12

Teachers who care for their students make sure they understand the objective structure. This document presents the core content that should be taught and assessed in the classroom per subject area (Reading, Language, Math) and per levels (L, E, M, D, A).

This is a tool that allows responsible teachers to design lessons that cover key concepts and address essential skills that students need so they can perform well on TABE 11 and 12.

If you think this is important, wait till you see the test blueprint for reading, language and math.  

3. TABE 11 & 12 Test Blueprint

Almost all proficient teachers  utilize the TABE blueprint. Why shouldn’t you? Don’t stop reading now…

The test blueprint describes the percentage of content and the skills covered in each test per each level (L, E, M, D, A) and per subject matter (Reading, Language, Math).

In addition, this tool matches the content area with their appropriate standards.  For example, Math level D test should  cover the following:

  • 11% functioning

  • 18% geometry

  • 18% expressions and equations

  • 10% ratio and proportional relationships

  • 22% statistics and probability

  • 21 % the number system  

Resources: TABE 11 and 12 Test prep books for adult-ed  

  • TABE Test Study Guide: Prep Book & Practice Test Questions for the Test of Adult Basic Education 11 & 12 Fundamentals Level A: by Test Prep Book
  • TABE Test Study Guide 2018-2019: Exam Review Book and Practice Test Questions for the Test of Adult Basic Education 2018-2019 Edition by TABE Exam Prep Team

What tools would you like to add to the list? Feel free to add your input in the comment section. Thanks in advance for commenting and sharing this post in your adult ed network.

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