H.B. Lee Middle School – Summer 2017

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  • #8862

    WebMaestr@
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    Lesson Title:
    Date of Class:
    Day of Class:
    Time of Class:
    MC:
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module:
    How Many Learners:
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) =
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) =
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) =
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) =
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) =
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) =

    Total Score:

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

    #8867

    WebMaestr@
    Keymaster

    Lesson Title: The Racist History of Portland
    Date of Class: 5/30
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: none
    DJ: Cam
    Assistants:
    Module: Race in Oregon
    How Many Learners: 11
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 8
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 8
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 8
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 46

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

    -Alphabet listen and point
    -Yell and spell
    -Dictation: The title of today’s lesson is the racist history of Portland
    -Round Robin: model following dialogue around room
    Cam: “Hi Diana”
    Diana: “Hi Cam”
    Cam: “Is Portland a progressive city?”
    Diana: “Yes, but it has a racist history.”
    -This is a flyer: model around room
    -Read aloud and Here it is with Portland Stands United Against Hate flyer
    -Dictation:
    “Today, Portland is known as a progressive city.
    However, Portland is the whitest city in America.
    State laws made it harder for people of color to move there.
    Rising housing costs forced the black community to move away from the city.
    White people moved into these neighborhoods.
    This process is called gentrification.”
    -Activist Mixer: learners walk around the room and model the following dialogue with other learners:
    Cam: “Hi Diana!”
    Diana: “Hi Cam!”
    Cam: “Do you support immigrants in Portland?”
    Diana: “Yes, I do.”
    Cam: “Would you like to come to the rally on Sunday?”
    Diana: “Yes, I would!”
    -DIY rally flyers: learners made their own flyers and wrote the title, date, time, location, and address of the Portland Stands Against Hate event

    No new learners. Most are food pantry clients. Good rapport forming between learners. Higher-level learners were spread evenly (in terms of seating) to help other lower-level learners. A native English speaking high school student (RMS food pantry volunteer) acted as my assistant/DJ and expressed interest in continuing to come help out each week

    #8878

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: The First Amendment and Free Speech
    Date of Class: June 6 2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: Cam
    DJ: none
    Assistants:
    Module: Race in Oregon
    How Many Learners: 14
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 6
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 8
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    Total Score: 42

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    -Alphabet listen and point
    -Yell and spell
    -Dictation: “The title of today’s lesson is the First Amendment and Free Speech”
    -Round robin:
    “Hi Javier”
    “Hi Cam”
    “What is the First Amendment?”
    “The First Amendment gives us five basic freedoms”
    -Read aloud and here it is: First Amendment of the US Constitution
    -Dictation:
    “Freedom of religion permits people to worship as they please”
    “Freedom of the press prohibits the government from censoring information”
    “Freedom of assembly and petition allows people to organize and protest”
    “Freedom of speech gives you the right to express your opinion”
    -Watch USA today protest video: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/06/05/portland-demonstrations-marked-arrests-clashes/102508926/
    -Activist Mixer:
    “Why is it important to protect free speech?”
    “Because it gives me the right to express what I believe”
    -I Love Lucy video with words ending in OUGH

    #8893

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title:
    Date of Class:
    Day of Class:
    Time of Class:
    MC:
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module:
    How Many Learners:
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 7
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 8
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 44

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    -alphabet listen and point
    -yell and spell
    -Dictation:
    “The title of today’s lesson is white supremacy in Oregon.”
    “White supremacy is the belief that whites are superior to people of other races.”
    “These racist ideas are still around today.”
    -Round Robin:
    “Hi Javier”
    “Hi Cam”
    “Is white supremacy a problem in Oregon?”
    “Yes, white supremacy has always been a problem here.”
    -Read aloud and here it is with excerpts for three articles: White Utopia-Oregon’s Racist History; The KKK in Oregon; Skinheads in Portland
    -Dictation:
    “The KKK promoted ideas of white supremacy and racism.”
    “These ideas inspired other hate groups, such as the Skinheads and Neo-Nazis.”
    -Watch Southern Poverty Law Center video on racist hate groups in US
    -Activist mixer – learners walk around room engaging each other in following dialogue:
    “How do we fight white supremacy?”
    “By teaching and practicing tolerance.”

    Learners were very engaged in this learning material. Great teamwork among learners today. Learners asked me to distinguish between “to” and “too” as well as between “this” and “these”; showed learners how to turn a singular noun ending in -y (e.g. agency) into a plural noun ending in -ies (e.g. agencies). Learners appreciated the quick grammar instruction

    #8912

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: The Good in the Hood Multicultural Festival
    Date of Class: 6/20
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: Cam
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module: Race in Oregon
    How Many Learners: 4
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 6
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 6
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 7
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 6
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    Total Score: 38

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    -alphabet
    -yell and spell
    -dictation:
    “The title of today’s lesson is the Good in the Hood multicultural festival.”
    “Are you going to the good in the hood festival?”
    “Yes, they have music, arts, and food!”
    -round robin:
    “Are you going to the good in the hood festival?”
    “Yes, they have music, arts, and food!”
    -read aloud and here it is with Good in the Hood “Save the Date” flyer
    -dictation:
    “The Good in the Hood multicultural festival is this weekend.”
    “Community members and organizations will unite through food and music.”
    “White supremacist groups threatened the festival organizers.”
    “The organizers decided not to cancel the festival.”
    -real aloud and here it is with Good in the Hood community response letter
    -watch Equal Justice Initiative about addressing America’s racist history (I posted it in the PPT community FB group)

    Much fewer learners today than all previous classes; I had been told by several learners that they couldn’t make it today so I expected lower attendance. High-level learners were absent today. Similar to last lesson, learners that were in class today seemed interested/engaged in the content of the lesson plan (e.g. few periods of attention lapse or side conversation; learners asked follow-up questions; learners stayed after class for 5-10 minutes to continue discussion). Learners asked questions that connected today’s lesson with previous week’s lessons about white supremacist groups in Oregon and the solidarity movement “Portland stands united against hate.” However, due to generally lower-level class in attendance, dictation went slower than usual. We ended up watching the Equal Justice Initiative video and briefly discussing the history of racial inequality and violence in America towards the end of class. Unfortunately, this meant we didn’t have time for the mixer that tends to get students up and talking with each other and lightens the mood. I could have done a better job managing time so that class did not end on such a heavy note. Fortunately, learners stayed several minutes after class to continue the discussion, and we eventually were able to steer conversation towards lighter, more positive topics (I got invited to a birthday party one learner is throwing for her son!).

    My favorite part of class: after watching the Equal Justice Initiative video and discussing the narrator’s assertion that as a society we need to acknowledge and talk about racism in order to address it, one learner raised her hand and noted that while she agrees, she thinks it’s white Americans who really need to start having these discussions. She juxtaposed words like “tolerance” and “acceptance” with President Trump’s rhetoric that promoted “racism” and “white supremacy.” Tolerance, acceptance, racism, and white supremacy are all terms we have introduced in class the past three weeks.

    #8932

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Black Lives Matter
    Date of Class: 6/27
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: Cam
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module: Race in Oregon
    How Many Learners: 13
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 6
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 5
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 6
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 7
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 6
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 37

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    -alphabet
    -yell and spell
    -dictation:
    The title of today’s lesson is Black Lives Matter.
    -dictation with round robin:
    Have you heard of the social movement Black Lives Matter?
    Yes, they protest police brutality against black and brown people.
    -BLM video on USA today
    -Dictation:
    No justice. No peace. No racist police!
    Police brutality is when a policeman unlawfully uses violence against a civilian.
    On August 9, 2014, a white policeman shot and killed a black man, Michael Brown.
    Michael’s death caused weeks of protest in Ferguson, Missouri.
    -BLM WIRED video
    -youtube 23 ways to die if you’re black video
    -dictation with activist mixer: students engage each other in the dialogue below
    What can we do to address racism in our communities?
    We all have to acknowledge it and talk about it.

    Large class again today. 4 of the learners were children brought by return learners. Class wasn’t as smooth today given larger class size and the complexity of the lesson content. I should have re-arranged seating assignments sooner; once I did, I noticed a few learners write dictation faster, and appear to be more confident and positive. Once again, it seemed like learners appreciated the relevancy of the material (asked follow up questions; connected today’s material to previous lessons)

    #8973

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Summertime and the living’s easy
    Date of Class: 7/11/2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: CamCivicContrarian
    DJ: none
    Assistants: Alisa (shadower)
    Module: Summertime
    How Many Learners: 5
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 7
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 8
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 8
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 45

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

    -alphabet
    -yell and spell
    -watch Ella Fitzgerald sing “Summertime”
    -dictation: The title of today’s lesson is summertime and the living’s easy.
    -Round robin dictation:
    What did you do on the 4th?
    Not much, we just barbecued and watched fireworks.
    -Progressive dictation:
    What are you doing?
    What’re you doing?
    How is it going?
    How’s it going?
    Are you going to go?
    Are you gonna go?
    What are you going to do?
    What are you gonna do?
    -Here it is with Play-Grow-Learn camp flyer: participate, registration, participants, offering, giveaways
    -Dictation:
    My kids get bored during the summer.
    Have you heard of Play-Grow-Learn?
    No I haven’t.
    They’re offering free youth summer camps.
    There
    Their
    They’re
    -Round Robin Mixer with following dialogue:
    My kids get bored during the summer.
    Have you heard of Play-Grow-Learn?
    No I haven’t.
    They’re offering free youth summer camps.
    Here it is with PGL registration form: Registering, allergies, participants, registration, limited, restrictions

    Smaller class today of all Spanish speakers, which made it easier to check-in with each learner and explain content to the entire class. Learners seemed to really appreciate the dictation material around real world language and contractions (i.e. gonna, haven’t, they’re, how’s). Learners smiled and appeared excited when they understood how slang like gonna (going to) and common contractions function. Providing multiple examples allowed learners to begin to understand how slang and contractions function with minimal explanation on my part. At the end of class, the highest level learner said he really enjoyed the lesson.

    #8992

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Summer festivals in Portland
    Date of Class: 7/18/2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: CamCivicContrarian
    DJ: none
    Assistants: none
    Module: Society and Culture
    How Many Learners: 11
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 6
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 8
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 7
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    Total Score: 41

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    -alphabet
    -yell and spell
    -dictation:
    Today’s lesson is called summer festivals
    -Dictation with round robin:
    Have you been to any festivals this summer?
    Not yet, but I’m going to one this Saturday.
    -Listen and do:
    Paint
    Dance
    Laugh
    Eat
    Meet
    -Dictation
    Paint
    Painted
    Dance
    Danced
    Laugh
    Laughed
    Eat
    Ate
    Meet
    Met
    -Progressive dictation:
    Did you see that?
    Have you been seen yet?
    See you there.
    We’ll see.
    -Here it is with Community Care Flyer:
    Utilizing
    Support
    Crafts
    Action
    Gym
    Things
    Free
    -dictation with round robin and mixer:
    What’re you doing Saturday?
    I don’t know yet.
    You should come to a festival with me.
    We’ll see. Where is it?
    It’s at 10301 NE Glisan St.
    Ok, see you there.
    -Progressive dictation
    How have you been?
    How’ve you been?
    When does the bus come?
    When’s the bus come?
    Where did she go?
    Where’d she go?

    6 adult learners and 5 child learners today. The kids participated in the entire class, added lots of fun and laughter. Regular highest level learner was not in attendance today. Seemed to me like the content was just right for the level of this group of learners: dictation did not take as long as it did with more complex content; learners did not have to depend on each other as much, instead drawing on their own knowledge (didn’t need to copy others’ papers as often); one learner told me she had a real tough time at Rockwood last night but a much better time tonight at HB Lee. It was fun to see the young kids (~5-7 yrs old) assisting older learners with dictation, participating in the round robins and mixer; they jumped right in and performed like the adult learners; adult learners told me they enjoyed having the kids in class too. It helped that the kids were all very well behaved and actively participating.

    #9020

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Free community festivals
    Date of Class: 7/25
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: CamCivicContrarian
    DJ: none
    Assistants: Jana (shadower)
    Module: Summertime
    How Many Learners: 11
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 6
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 7
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 41

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    -alphabet
    -yell and spell
    -dictation
    The title of today’s lesson is free community festivals.
    -dictation and round robin
    Did you go to the Community Care festival last Saturday?
    No I couldn’t make it.
    That’s ok. There are more festivals next month.
    -read aloud and here it is with Nadaka community festival flyer
    -dictation
    Did you go to the festival?
    Did you make it to the festival?
    Were you at the festival?
    Did you stop by the festival?
    -Listen and do
    play
    paint
    dance
    greet
    laugh
    sing
    eat
    meet
    drive
    -dictation
    play
    played
    paint
    painted
    dance
    danced
    greet
    greeted
    laugh
    laughed
    sing
    sang
    eat
    ate
    meet
    met
    drive
    drove
    -dictation with round robin mixer
    Have you heard about the Nadaka Community Festival?
    No what’s that?
    It’s a festival with free food, music, and activities.
    Sounds fun! See you there.
    -dictation
    lesson
    lessons
    festival
    festivals
    activity
    activities
    community
    communities
    trophy
    trophies

    Jana shadowed class today and it was nice to have extra help to give affirmations to learners and help lower level learners keep up with dictation. Young kids also participated in class today, bringing lots of smiles and laughter to learners and myself, but some were not as well behaved as last week and interupted the lesson a few times. I feel I did a good job of staying on task and not letting the distractions sidetrack the lesson. Several learners attended their 10th HB Lee class today. A few learners made their first visit to the Reynolds MS pantry last Friday; others have asked to enroll their kids in the Play-Grow-Learn summer camps I’m coordinating… nice to connect PPT class with social work I’m already engaged in.

    #9040

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Welcome to Rockwood
    Date of Class: 8/1
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: CamCivicContrarian
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module: Neighborhood you live in
    How Many Learners: 10
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 6
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 6
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 8
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 7
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 8
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 42

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

    Good turnout today given the high temperatures. Highest level learners were not in attendance. Content was focused on identifying the Rockwood neighborhood and nearby community/public centers. Several child learners in attendance today; they all participated just like the adults. They continue to make the activities fun for myself and the learners (lots of smiles and laughter). A group of learners made a point of thanking me for my patience with them (I imagine because higher level learners were not in attendance so dictation went a bit slower). I noticed that one lower level learner did not keep up with all of the dictation today. I should have moved the highest level learner next to her, but its an example of when I would benefit from having a DJ. I’ll work on recruiting one.

    #9058

    Benjamin Lostheart
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Rockwood rising
    Date of Class:7_9_2017
    Day of Class:tuesday
    Time of Class:6
    MC:cam
    DJ:benjamin
    Assistants:
    Module:in my neighborhood- so and cul
    How Many Learners:8
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) =5
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) =5
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) =6
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) =7
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) =7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) =7

    Total Score:37

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): good class today. A mix of adults and children that were a part of the group. Cam mentioned that it helps to have a dj in the class for a number of reasons. We had a good feedback session where we talked about some techniques and the local area.

    #9072

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Supporting our neighbors in Rockwood
    Date of Class: 8/15/17
    Day of Class: tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: CamCivicContrarian
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module: Society and Culture
    How Many Learners: 14
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 7
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    Total Score: 42

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Large class today with five school-aged learners. Used a lot of contractions in dictation (What are, what’re; I do not, I don’t) and then in round robin. Showed a video about Charlotte, played “this is a what?” with pictures of protestors, white supremacists, refugees, and political violence in the US, and here it is with 8/20 walk with immigrants and refugees flyer. These activities helped break up the dictation better this week so learners stayed more engaged and confident (with too much dictation some of the lowest and highest level learners appear to disengage, be bored, start side conversations, etc)

    #9092

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Can you give me directions?
    Date of Class: 8/22/17
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: CamCivicContrarian
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module: Society and Culture
    How Many Learners: 6
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 6
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 7
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 6
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 5

    Total Score: 38

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    -Higher level learners in attendance today, including 3 young learners. I included less dictation and more activities like Here it Is, This is a What, Listen and Do, and a map activity. Given higher level learners in attendance, more dictation probably would have gone over smoothly. But I believe the learners appreciated the balance I struck today between dictation and more engaging activities. One of the younger learners towards the ends of class said “this is fun.”

    #9108

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Let’s Explore Portland
    Date of Class: 8/29/17
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: Ramin
    DJ: CamCivicContrarian
    Assistants:
    Module: In the Neighborhood
    How Many Learners: 7
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 7
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 7
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 42

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    My first coaching experience tonight. Ramin brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Ramin spent more time than I usually do on the alphabet warm up. He used a lot of repetition and tempo changes to make it fun–learners laughed a lot despite being frustrated/challenged. Ramin asked learners to say triplets and quadruplets aloud individually. I plan to incorporate his technique from now on.
    Dictation focused on numbers that are used in addresses and used lots of 5s (1505, 2507, 2505). Ramin knew Spanish-speaking learners would struggle with 5s. Listen and do with North, South, East, West directionals. I enjoyed seeing that activity performed with something other than action verbs. Talked to Ramin and I spoke after class about other game-like activities that I can incorporate moving forward.

    #9143

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Working in the Kitchen
    Date of Class: 9/12/2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: CamCivicContrarian
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module: In the Kitchen/Try my recipe
    How Many Learners: 10
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 8
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 8
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 8
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 46

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Fun class today. I tried to incorporate some of the things Ramin and I talked about and what Zadock noted in the Monday Curriculum email for September i.e. make the activities challenging, faster, and game-like. I think my alphabet listen and point technique has improved since observing Ramin–I say triplets faster and after a while ask learners to say the triplets aloud several times with increasing speed. I’ve tried to push learners a little more than I have in the past to properly pronounce letters and words, especially B’s and V’s and Th’s (given many spanish-speakers in HB Lee class). Ramin gave me ideas for more engaging activities, so I’ve used less dictation in my lesson plans and more “This is a what,” “here it is,” “round robin,” “listen and do,” and memory games. These activities have made class seem to go by more quickly and smoothly compared to my earlier lesson plans that were heavy on the dictation side. Something new I tried today– we read through an apple pie recipe, watched a video that showed how to make the recipe, then learners read each step aloud and watched the video of the narrator performing that particular step. I think today’s class was one of my stronger classes because I was well prepared with an engaging lesson plan and tried out some of the techniques and activities I observed from Ramin.

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