King Elementary – Winter 2020

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  • #12022
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    You should have received an email from Little Brother with your form-generated journal entry which you should copy and paste below! You can also manually copy the text below and paste into a comment, then fill it out! Please do not use your last name, or any learner names.

    Lesson Title:
    Date of Class:
    Day of Class:
    Time of Class:
    MC:
    DJ:
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    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) =

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

    #12031
    Mark Griffin
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Radon Gas in Portland
    Date of Class: 02/03/20
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6 PM
    MC: markabogadooptimisto
    DJ:none
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner: none
    Module: Science, etc
    How Many Learners: 1
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):
    good
    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) =6
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) =
    6
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) =7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) =
    5
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Very motivated learner’ class essentially was tutoring. Attendance may be an issue for this location, but this is only the 2nd week and the weather has not been cooperative.

    #12036
    Ian Connelly
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Rainy days and mondays
    Date of Class: 02/05/20
    Day of Class: Weds
    Time of Class: 6 PM
    MC: Patrik
    DJ: Ian Lanky Lobo
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner: Heidi
    Module: Stormwater
    How Many Learners: 3
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):
    good
    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) =4
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) =5
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) =5
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) =6
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) =6
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) =
    6
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): It was great to see 2 familiar learners come back after a bit of a break. We had one new learner who we saw this morning. With one new learner and a new shadower it was a lot to manage in terms of making everyone feel comfortable, but MC was flexible and everyone was flowing by the end.

    #12055
    Shelley Zansler
    Participant

    Site: King Elementary
    Lesson Title: What to do to deal with mold
    Date of Class: Feb 10, 2020
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: IanLankyLobo
    DJ: ShelleySincereLearner
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Safety in the Home (Healthy Home)
    How Many Learners: 2
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): Good! That box is so tidy!!

    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) = 5
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 6
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 6
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Today we focused on mold and prevent it. Class started with one learner, but another showed up a half hour in. We used an infographic for multiple activities, including listen and point and round robin sentences. We also did a storytelling activity, where learners told a story about a time they dealt with mold. Learners then retold the story one sentence at a time, and we wrote down each sentence. It was neat to see learners do some extemporaneous sentence building and self-editing upon repeating the story for dictation, and it felt like a good activity for a small group. MC and DJ agreed that more time would have been nice for this activity, but it was great to see the lower level learner, who seemed uncertain in her abilities, tell a story without too much trouble and get more confident in the retelling. It seemed like a nice way to show learners that they know more than they think.

    The two learners were at different language levels, and MC noted that he wished he had better gauged the level differences and scaffolded the activities more effectively to ease the less advanced learner into them. We also discussed the challenges in striking a balance between very structured activities and more interpretive/extemporaneous ones, and when each of those activities do and don’t work. (Does that make sense?) Anyway, learners seemed challenged at times, but there were also lots of moments of understanding firing off, which was cool. DJ learned a lot, too. :)

    #12112
    Daniel Yuhas
    Participant

    Hello! My name is Little Brother, and I’m here helping make things here at PPT easier!

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    Site: King Elementary
    Lesson Title: Save energy in your home
    Date of Class: Feb 19, 2020
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: IanLankyLobo
    DJ: DanielGoofyProfessor
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Saving Energy in your Home
    How Many Learners: 3
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): ok

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 4
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 5
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 5
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 6
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): It was Ian’s silent class. He mimed being unable to talk right at the outset and the students just rolled with it from the jump. We started with two students and a third joined us about 20 minutes in.

    The silent class went really well – Ian fed me lines as we went and was even able to modify the lesson as we went along. Lots of laughing, connection and helping. Lots of fun times pronouncing the word “bulb.”

    At the very end of the class one of the students asked why Ian couldn’t talk. It went seamlessly enough that his speech-less-ness just read as recovering from laryngitis. Good work, everyone!

    #12153
    Shelley Zansler
    Participant

    Site: King Elementary
    Lesson Title: How can I control indoor pests?
    Date of Class: Feb 24, 2020
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: ShelleySincereLearner
    DJ: markabogadooptimisto
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Safety in the Home (Healthy Home)
    How Many Learners: 2

    Preparation: 6
    Technique: 5
    Engagement: 6
    Connection: 6
    Poise: 5
    Reflection: 7

    An interesting class in that one of the students had special needs. He has come to this class previously, but not often and came with a support person. The other student was patient with this individual.

    #12154
    Shelley Zansler
    Participant

    Site: King Elementary
    Lesson Title: What is the census?
    Date of Class: March 2nd, 2020
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: ShelleySincereLearner
    DJ: markabogadooptimisto
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Society and Culture
    How Many Learners: 2

    Preparation: 7
    Technique: 5
    Engagement: 6
    Connection: 6
    Poise: 5
    Reflection: 6

    We consistently have 2 students in this class, one of whom has unique disabilities and is accompanied by an assistant. The other student is patient and understanding of minor disruptions, and the MC dealt with those well.

    #12158
    Ian Connelly
    Participant

    Hello! My name is Little Brother, and I’m here helping make things here at PPT easier!

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    Site: King Elementary
    Lesson Title: is it edible?
    Date of Class: Mar 05, 2020
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: IanLankyLobo
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Native plants
    How Many Learners: 3
    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) = 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

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): DJ couldn’t make it. Was MC’s Youre the Boss now class. used some good infographics and charts to learn about edible and poisonous native plants, followed up with some round robins about whether or not we can eat these plants

    #12160
    Shelley Zansler
    Participant

    Site: King Elementary
    Lesson Title: Let’s ask each other questions!
    Date of Class: Mar 09, 2020
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: PatrikKilpatrickEvolutionary
    DJ: ShelleySincereLearner
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner: Sabrina
    Module: “Census 2020” (off-curriculum today)
    How Many Learners: 2
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): Gooood

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 5
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 8
    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) = 8

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Today’s class was really cool. We did not talk about the census, it’s true… But! Today’s activity really upped learner engagement and connection.

    While there was no specific lesson plan in mind at the start, Patrik worked up an open-ended yet structured activity on the fly that challenged learners (and facilitators) to produce short, authentic stories about themselves. This activity allowed both learners to engage with the lesson and challenge themselves despite having different strengths (listening vs writing vs speaking).

    Initially we only had one (high-level) learner, and at that point, Patrik had hoped to focus the day on challenging them to work on the nitty gritty aspects of English production. The class started out as an authentic conversation between the MC, learner and DJ, and that conversational theme carried throughout the class even after the other learner arrived.

    There were some surprising moments where one learner really locked into the stories they were telling and produced some strong narratives. It was really cool to watch, and it was a level of engagement I hadn’t yet seen from this learner. The two learners also connected with each other more than usual. A lot of their connecting conversation was not in English, but the energy level was high and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. It was a super fun class with a lot to take in.

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