The first-ever Family Night event organized by my colleagues in the night program in San Marcos was a smashing success, combining nine non-credit classes for a gathering. Kudos to Susana, Angela, Carole, Elizabeth, Katrina, Kevin, Deidre, and Trevyan for working together for months to make this event happen. A special thanks to Marcel for volunteering to take pictures and videos at the event and produce the very professionally done movie that you see here. I hope this starts a "family" tradition that we can follow, as we-the family of us ESL faculty-believe in our hearts that we are not just having fun; we are doing what we are called to do for the families of our many students, too.
Monday, December 16, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
The current round of new student intake is already underway, but in San Marcos, responses are painfully slow. Two full weeks into the new student registration period, we have not been able to fill even two of the only eight testing sessions planned for the spring semester! Maybe, with more of us posting, passing out, or otherwise distributing the following bilingual flyers everywhere, the situation will improve.
Monday, November 25, 2013
A free San Marcos Community Thanksgiving dinner will be served mid-day this Thursday. We have many students whose families reside around the Senior Center, which is the site of the event, and can thus share the holiday meal. Thanks to Tami for volunteering in the event and for sharing this flyer.
Monday, November 18, 2013
People are different, but the grittier ones succeed. As the semeseter comes to a close, struggling students are what we might call those who tend not to follow through for whatever reason. You might find the following short TED talk of interest. Many ESL students we have need to have more of a growth mindset, not necessarily a higher level of intelligence.