The monthly meeting of the teachers’ Professional Learning Community (PLC) was held at Centennial Education Center from 2:00 to 4:30 pm on October 4, 2018. The purpose of the meeting was development of listening rubric to be used for formative assessment. Rob Jenkins began the meeting by sharing a jigsaw writing strategy that he used with his Intermediate 2/3 ESL students at Remington to create a class essay. The essay was composed with student research and group writing of paragraphs which were combined to form essays on a variety of interesting topics.
Eric Glicker invited his former student (Luis) to speak and take questions on his journey from Beginning One ESL at Centennial to transfer student at Cal State University Los Angeles. Luis identified successful strategies that had enabled him to develop a growth mindset. Those included resilience and persistence toward his goals; participation in academic discourse (writing was most challenging); and consistent support from instructors and counselors. One of his instructors who most inspired him recommended the book, Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, which advises 10,000 hours of practice in a community and social networking to build successful careers.
Finally, teachers met in groups by ESL level to begin work on their listening rubrics. Teachers carefully examined the new curriculum and discussed which listening activities to assess through the formative rubrics to be created. It was decided to bring examples of rubrics used by other adult school programs, as well as examples of listening activities that could be integrated into the rubric. There are three remaining meetings to be held during Fall Semester, 2018.