A Classroom for All Ages | Teachers' Lounge Podcast
This week on Teachers’ Lounge, Evelyn Cassano!! She’s an Adult Education instructor at Waubonsee Community College. She teaches students of all ages -- 17 through 70 years old --about everything from digital literacy to English Language learning!
Her students come to learn for a wide range of reasons and bring a range of life experiences to the classroom. It makes for a special learning environment. And it’s not just Spanish speakers learning English. Last year, students speaking 45 different languages came into their English language courses.
“Last spring, I had a student from Ukraine. I was doing my homework. I was watching YouTube videos. I study and I want to learn even just how to say ‘Hello, how are you?’ in their language just to help make them feel comfortable,” she said.
It helps that Evelyn also has a unique education journey of her own. She’s been a community college student, a transfer student, a grad student, and an adult learner coming back to education later in life.
We hear about that journey, embracing her students’ experiences and culture and so much more on this episode.
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