East Gresham Elementary – Fall 2013

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  • #453

    WebMaestrex
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    Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00-11:30 am

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    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    #528

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 10/15/13
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Shopping
    How Many Learners: 10
    Score: 5 + 5 + 6 + 4 + 4 + 5
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    First day, pretty average class. Checked in with Laura, who gave everyone registration forms that they filled out during the first few minutes. It was a little awkward as I would try to get people who finished with their registration forms first to start doing the alphabet listen & point, and then others would stop working on their papers to do that, but eventually they all finished and we got on the same page.

    Doing “this is an apple” without another native English speaker to practice with is still pretty intense, but I was able to get one of the higher level learners to repeat me, then do it in the correct order, and once everyone heard it a few times it was no problem. This is a great way to learn names… you get them to ask each other their names and then you never have to look like you don’t know! Ahaha.

    Also, it’s pretty difficult to bike there from my apartment, but easy to bike back. Gotta be ready for that next time.

    #529

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 10/17/13
    Day of Class: Thursday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Homework Helper
    How Many Learners: 11
    Score: 3 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 5 + 5 = 31
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    I had no idea what I was going to do about this until last night! Thanks to Brooke for responding to a last minute request for materials.

    I ended up getting to the site only 10 minutes early, not enough time to ask Laura to get some homework assignments — she said she would do that next week, so I need to follow up and make sure that this happens.

    What I did instead was found a math assignment sitting in the room, and I used it for a document search activity. Then I dictated the names of a few subjects that children learn in elementary school, and I had people put them into a short dialogue.

    I incorporated some TPR by having people do some actions related to homework – sharpening your pencil, writing your name, drawing a picture. I had “play guitar/flute/piano” written down on my paper, but I wasn’t sure how this was going to work. It actually worked really well! Right after I said “play the flute”, people started saying other things like “trombone” or “trumpet” or “violin.” There was a little confusion, I think, between “trombone” and people hearing “drums,” but most people got it after a bit. It might have been a little off topic, but it was pretty cool to resonate with the class that way.

    #530

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 10/22/13
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Shopping
    How Many Learners: 12
    Score: 6 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 6 + 5 = 38
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    I love this group! Going in, I was counting on Lu being there… Lu and Li are both higher level and fairly comfortable talking without a script. Or at least I sensed they were, and I decided to try and seize an opportunity to utilize that.

    So, I dictated a bunch of grocery store names (most people were familiar with Safeway, Winco and Walgreens… nobody familiar with Whole Foods! maybe need to bring an ad in), and then dictated “Where do you like to shop?” I then asked this question to Lu, who said “I like to shop at Safeway.” I had each Ss make sure to fill in where THEY liked to shop, not just where Lu liked to shop, and then I asked her, “Why do you like to shop at Safeway?” She answered, “Because it’s cheap.” So we wrote that down.

    This is something I’m not as good at, just trying to facilitate English conversation without a canned script, but I think I executed it pretty well today, and will continue to do so in the future.

    #531

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 10/24/13
    Day of Class: Thursday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A (Laura?)
    Module: Homework Helper
    How Many Learners: 14
    Score: 4 + 6 + 6 + 5 + 5 + 5 = 31
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    I’m putting Laura as an assistant because she really helps make this lesson. She rounded up some homework assignments from other teachers and stapled them into a little packet that I was able to hand out to the Ss as real world materials. This lesson wouldn’t be possible without her help.

    That said, I still don’t feel satisfied with how I’m doing this. I asked Ss, “What are you working on?” and had them respond, “I’m working on ____” where they would plug in Math, Reading, Writing, etc, based on what page they turned to. I had them do a document search, and then I had them do some TPR from last class (sharpen your pencil, open your book, “don’t say it, do it!”).

    I think I produced energy, but I don’t produce connection. I produced laughter, but I also leave people… bored. I was entirely, 100% aware that I had 3 people at one table, 6 at one and 5 at another, and I was paralyzed by being completely unsure who I should move from which table to which table. Who truly is supporting a table, and who supports them? Am I risking breaking a forming bond by moving one lower level Ss to another table with higher level Ss? Am I thinking about it too much? I’m not sure.

    #532

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 10/29/13
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Shopping (was I supposed to switch? Yikes!)
    How Many Learners: 14
    Score: 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 + 5 = 35
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    I was planning on picking up some ads from a couple of stores before this class, but I totally didn’t! Oops! So, I woke up early before class and grabbed images of a bunch of coupons and threw them in a document that i made double-sided and printed out. I used this for a document search activity.

    Before that, I dictated the names of a bunch of clothing stores, including H&M, which cause some confusion over what an “ampersand” is. Interesting teaching moment there. It also caused some excitement among the learners, because when I ran out of stores to name, they started naming other ones, like Gap, Marshall’s, etc.

    Overall, a pretty solid class. Two new learners!

    #533

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 10/31/13
    Day of Class: Thursday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Emergency Preparedness
    How Many Learners: 11
    Score: 4 + 4 + 5 + 4 + 4 + 5 = 26
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    I didn’t plan very well for this class. The execution was a little off, and I don’t think people really understood the meaning behind my activities very well. With a little more planning, I could have tied everything together into a pretty neat knot, but I rely too much on doing things in the moment, and in the moment, I fell short.

    I think there was some laughter, but honestly, I can’t remember. I had people tell me what their name was, their phone number, and their zip code, with the intent of having them simulate calling 911 and being asked for that information, but I never got to the latter part. I didn’t write a script that would work with the activities, and I couldn’t just make one up. So, the class was pretty… boring. I think. And repetitive.

    #534

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 11/5/13
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Mobile Phones
    How Many Learners: 8
    Score: 5 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 5 + 5 = 30
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    Boy, this is really starting to wear on me! I’ve been nursing a cold the last week or so, so I decided to start out by explaining that — it’s pretty obvious that I’m sick, so I had them write a simple phrase; “Jacob’s voice sounds funny, because he is sick.” Then I would ask people, “why does my voice sound funny?” and they would respond “Because you are sick.”

    After that I didn’t really have much in the way of activities. I did a lot of dictation of cellular service provider and manufacturer names, and asked people what kind of phones and services they had. Some people didn’t have a cell phone, so I had them write down “landline” as their phone type.

    I asked if they played games, and only two did – Candy Crush, of course. Then I ended with a little TPR.

    #535

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 11/7/13
    Day of Class: Thur
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Emergency Preparedness
    How Many Learners: 11
    Score: 5 + 5 + 6 + 4 + 3 + 5 = 28
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    I brought tons of materials, but only a vague lesson plan with loose ends that never got tied up. It definitely showed in the classroom – some students were confused, the energy level was kind of low (it had its high points) and I could tell some people left unsatisfied.

    I don’t think it was a total disaster, just underwhelming compared to the pie I normally bring.

    I definitely need to make a better habit of following up with people after class — one of my higher level learners was asking why she had to write “an” before “emergency,” and that would have been the perfect thing to easily explain one on one after class was over.

    #536

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 11/12/13
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Mobile Phones
    How Many Learners: 8
    Score: 6 + 6 + 7 + 7 + 5 + 5 = 36
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    Wow! I showed a little humility today – like a true idiot, I rode my bike through the morning shower and showed up to class soaking wet. Fortunately I had a pair of shorts to change into, but really, I should have brought extra pants… I decided to dictate my mistake to the class, and I think they found it pretty amusing.

    After that, we talked about applications on smartphones – I taught them the abbreviation “apps” and applied it to things like music apps (one of the Ss loves iheartradio), banking apps (I intended to dictate/demonstrate the ability to pay bills via phone, but missed that link) and social apps.

    The main activity I came up with was to dictate a situation where you’d talk about a new app. I loaded up my Tri-Met Ticketing app and devised a short dialogue where the Ss would introduce it to each other. The last line of this dialogue was, “Wow! That’s convenient!” I made sure to put some extra oomph into the “Wow!” when I said it, and that got some laughter.

    Then, I did something I haven’t done before, and really should do more often. We looked at the example phone bill on the module sheet, and I did some listen & point with it. One of the students asked what “invoice” meant, and I honestly didn’t know (I feel like it’s significantly different from a bill, but I wasn’t sure how to explain that), so I asked her if she could wait until after class, and I followed up with her on that.

    After that, she showed me a bunch of self-descriptive phrases she had written in her notebook, in English, and I made a few small corrections to help her out. +1 connection!

    #537

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 11/14/13
    Day of Class: Thursday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Emergency Prep
    How Many Learners: 7
    Score: 31
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    This class actually went really well. I came in feeling prepared, I put in the work, and executed pretty well.

    I pushed the students a little in this class; I brought several pictures of different emergency supplies to play “this is an apple” with. I did it in the very standard style, and when people got the hang of it, I also included items like “an emergency blanket” and reinforced the “an” (which I explained to some of the students last week, after class). After that, I pulled out my last item, which was a box of waterproof matches.

    I called on my best student and I said “these are waterproof matches.” As softly as I could, I got her to reply with “they’re what?” and she caught on pretty quickly, but was also very nervous when I had her hand the item back to me (complete with new dialogue)

    I ended with some listen and point and TPR. I’ve started bringing a whiteboard and marker with me that I bought from Walgreens, and I used that to diagram some very simple grammar rules (their/they’re/there and a/an) to the higher level students after the class was over. I’m really enjoying this class.

    #538

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 11/19/13
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Mobile Phones
    How Many Learners: 11
    Score: 34
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    Pretty solid class today. I dictated some things, namely “deactivated,” and then dictated a dialogue where it was explained that a deactivated cell phone can still be used to call 911.

    After that, I passed around some fliers and booklets from various cell phone providers, we did some listen and point, and finally some TPR. When class was over, some of the students gathered and made a list of things to bring to the last class on Thursday — there’s gonna be a lot of food, for sure!

    #539

    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 11/21/13
    Day of Class: Thursday
    PI: Jacob
    SI: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Emergency Prep
    How Many Learners: 10
    Score: 42
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    Today was pretty amazing. We started slowly, with only three students, but slowly and surely, all the usual suspects showed up. Everyone brought a bunch of food, and fortunately there was a third table where we were able to place it all.

    I told Laura I was going to teach for at least an hour, because there was going to be a class today, but that I would end it a little early because obviously everyone wanted to eat and celebrate the end of the term. I ended up teaching about 70 minutes or so.

    It was a little uncomfortable; talking about 911 calls, and the reasons why you might call 911, is pretty unsettling right before a celebration… but it’s important, and I think everyone understood the intent behind that. I did make a game out of one activity (“what are you wearing?”) where, after practicing the simple question and answer, I had Ss ask each other and I timed how fast they could do it. This produced a lot of laughter and good energy, I feel.

    One S was staring at the food and saying she was hungry, and I asked if she could wait just 15 more minutes. I practiced a little more material, and then Laura came in and did a really cool thing… she handed out yellow Certificates of Participation to the 4 students who filled up an entire loyalty card, we all took dozens of pictures, and then ate delicious food.

    The caretaker came by with everyone’s kids, and they ate, and we had a really fun time together.

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