In South Florida, non-profit education centers struggle to keep seats filled consecutively throughout the class semester. The fluid nature of attendance based on job availability means that teachers struggle to maintain a sense of continuity and forward momentum in their lesson plans. Coupled with expected benchmarks from outside financial partners and unknown student populations, the teachers can start to feel overwhelmed by the outside factors at play in their classroom. At El Sol Community Center in Jupiter, Florida, that is exactly the case- it is a place where the community and the classroom truly merge into one in fluid, unpredictable manner. In the day, it is used as a job hub for migrant workers, and at night it becomes an educational facility for those same workers. The Latin American culture that makes up the class is a family-oriented culture with many familial teams attending class together. I will provide a literary review of current writings on intergenerational, porous, and fluid classrooms and provide an approach to utilizing these elements in a classroom effectively.
Adult and Continuing Education | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Language and Literacy Education
Bowman, Timothy, "Using what you have: Understanding and utilizing the intergenerational make up of a porous, fluid classroom to better serve non-profit students" (2020). MA TESOL Collection. 744.