Rockwood Library – Fall 2019

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  • #11720
    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.

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    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):

    #11721
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: “Using public transportation”
    Date of Class: Oct 01, 2019
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: MaliaGloriousNBAInsider
    DJ: RaminPolyglotMaestro
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: maps and addresses
    How Many Learners: 8
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): need to cut out more loyalty cards.
    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) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 7
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Great class! MC brought trimet Max map and students had many interesting questions about the map, and how to buy and use the hop fastpass card

    #11722
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: Drop, Cover and Hold On
    Date of Class: Oct 02, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:00 PM
    MC: AmandaAdventurousTraveler
    DJ: JeanInquisitiveAdvocate
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Healthy Homes
    How Many Learners: 12
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): Please alphabetize loyalty cards by first name.
    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) = 8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Round Robin, Listen & Point about Emergency Kit, then Dictation on Drop, Cover, and Hold On earthquake instructions, as well as group practice of all the steps. Learners covered all levels and multiple cultures. Good engagement by all, with advanced learners providing help to beginners. A big thank you to volunteer Judy from the library!

    #11723
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: The Trump Impeachment Inquiry
    Date of Class: Oct 07, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:00 PM
    MC: LauraEnthusiasticTeacher
    DJ: DanielGoofyProfessor
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner: none
    Module: Powers of Congress
    How Many Learners: 10
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): OK
    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) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): We talked about impeachment and powers of congress and mixed it up with an exercise break and a map activity. Lots of dictation and lots of round robins.

    #11724
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: “Oh, you just missed it”
    Date of Class: Oct 08, 2019
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: RaminPolyglotMaestro
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: TRIMET
    How Many Learners: 9
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): ok
    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) = 5
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 5
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 5

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): two new learners who enjoyed and got connected to the learners almost immediately. One returning student from a while back.

    #11725
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: Cleaning up around the house
    Date of Class: Oct 09, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:00 PM
    MC: AmandaAdventurousTraveler
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner: Amber, Judy
    Module: Healthy Homes
    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) = 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) = 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): We did a listen and point on an info sheet with natural cleaning recipes. Then we did some round robins with white vinegar and baking soda. Then we did a bunch of say and do around cleaning the house – polish the furniture, fold the laundry, sweep the floor, vacuum the carpet, change the lightbulb, clean the windows. That was a fun and really active part of the class. We finished with a couple of dictation sentences and had people saying them one at a time as fast as they can, which caused lots of laughter. Fun class! Amber shadowed us from the carpenter’s union, and she is very motivated to introduce our learners to the apprenticeship opportunities. I would love to work with her to create a lesson around it, and maybe do a field trip to the training center???

    #11749

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: I got a cold last week
    Date of Class: Oct 08, 2019
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: PatrikKilpatrickEvolutionary
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner: Andres
    Module: Impeachment
    How Many Learners: 4
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): shredded old loyalty cards

    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) = 4
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 5
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): a smaller group than I expected – a cold night. Also interesting for having a large percentage of people of Chinese origin – two cantonese speakers and one mandarin speaker. it took a while, but the group did warm up, and Andres got into it

    #11760
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: Using Public Transportation
    Date of Class: Oct 15, 2019
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: RaminPolyglotMaestro
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Trimet
    How Many Learners: 10
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): we need to cut out more loyalty cards

    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) = 6
    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): We talked about how to use Hop fastpass. We used Trimet MAX map to locate different MAX stops. Learners were engaged and were laughing when they had to repeat long sentences because the first couple tries were not in unison, but eventually they repeated clearly, loudly and in unison.

    #11762
    Amanda Greenvoss
    Participant

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: Keep your family safe
    Date of Class: Oct 16, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:00 PM
    MC: AmandaAdventurousTraveler
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner: Andres, Judy (library volunteer)
    Module: Healthy Homes
    How Many Learners: 14
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): We need more loyalty cards!!! ASAP!

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 7
    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) = 8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 8

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): We did a listen and point with an infographic on safety in the home. We then tried something a little different. There was a sheet with 4 photos of different home emergencies. Next to each one said “what happened” and “what could you do to stop it” or similar. Learners came up with the sentences about what happened and then we all wrote down the same sentences. I liked this because it challenged the higher level learners to create sentences, but still allowed for straight dictation for the lower level learners. Once we wrote all the answers down, we did a round robin: “What happened?” “He fell down the stairs!” “How could you keep it from happening?” “Keep the stairs clear.” This worked pretty well and I may try to do something similar in the future. This is such a consistent group of learners that they have all of the standard techniques down, which makes it easier to try out some new things mixed in with the standard ones!

    #11773
    BroniagoBioChar
    Participant

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: Reconsider, reconsider, the 12th of Octember!
    Date of Class: Oct 14, 2019
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: PatrikKilpatrickEvolutionary
    DJ: BroniagoBioChar
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Indigenous Peoples’ Day
    How Many Learners: 10
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): Loyalty card emergency

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

    There was a Russian‐language art class in the big meeting room, starting at 17:30, so I helped the bilingual librarian, whom I know, and the artist‐in‐residence set‐up the chairs and tables for that, starting at 17:20. Then I participated in the class for 20 minutes. One English‐learner arrived about 35 minutes early, to the large meeting room, and they participated in the art class too. I let them know we would be in the small meeting room this time.

    I went to the small meeting room, 10 minutes early, and set up the table and chairs for English. There were two first‐time‐learners there waiting. I welcomed them and showed them the ropes a little bit. Then I moved the rest of my stuff from the big room to the small room. The first‐time‐learners were asking when we could start. I told them we would start when Patrik got there and made small talk with them. They also had questions if the class was for all levels: how would that work, how is this possible ?! I tried to reassure them that we have people who have done English in university and people who have never done English before, and that it works great, and that it would be great.

    Other learners started to arrive, including the one from the art class. I started doing alphabet listen and point when the wall clock said 6. Patrik arrived two or three minutes later and we discovered that the wall clock in not in‐sync with International Atomic Time. Patrik did more alphabet listen and point, then Patrik led yell and spell names and dictated some sentences about the US federal government making the anniversary of Columbus’ first landing in the Bahamas a federal holiday and that Columbus did reprehensible things and is not worthy of honor.

    Then we watched a movement‐building video, on the internet, about urging people in the US to call on our representatives, in the US Congress, to create a federal holiday honoring indigenous peoples, and Patrik led the learners in transcribing what the participants in the video say about the legacy of Columbus and why it’s time to reconsider Columbus Day and replace it with something else.

    #11774

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: One Bad Peach Draws In The Wasps
    Date of Class: Oct 14, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:00 PM
    MC: BroniagoBioChar
    DJ: PatrikKilpatrickEvolutionary
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Powers of Congress
    How Many Learners: 7
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): low on LCs!

    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) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 9
    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): we sang a song hello, hellooooo, hello, then matched it to the powers of congress. it’s a 12 bar blues!

    #11788
    Amanda Greenvoss
    Participant

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    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: Test your smoke alarms
    Date of Class: Oct 23, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:00 PM
    MC: AmandaAdventurousTraveler
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Healthy Homes
    How Many Learners: 10
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): We will need new loyalty cards soon! there are 2 blank cards, and many many regulars about to have full cards.

    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) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 5

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Class was fine but a bit boring. I should have added something physical or interactive besides the round robins. We did have a good time singing James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain.”

    #11793
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: Hop fastpass
    Date of Class: Oct 22, 2019
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: RaminPolyglotMaestro
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Trimet
    How Many Learners: 6
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): we need loyalty cards

    Self Evaluation

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

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): We had a TEFL student who wanted to observe the class to fulfill his TEFL observation requirement hours. They didn’t register on the website. Rockwood library directed them to my class. I made a mistake by giving him two options with their observation (participate in our class or take notes while seating in the back) sitting in the back and taking notes will scare the students away so never ever do that. Always ask the shadowers or observers to participate, unless there is a agreed upon circumstance where it is allowed.

    #11802
    Daniel Yuhas
    Participant

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: Impeachment
    Date of Class: Oct 21, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:00 PM
    MC: PatrikKilpatrickEvolutionary
    DJ: DanielGoofyProfessor
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Powers of Congress
    How Many Learners: 9
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): Out of attendance sheets. Only 5 extra loyalty cards in the tub.

    Self Evaluation

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

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): We talked about the process of impeachment, then watched a video of mulvaney’s “get over it” quid pro quo press conference. Lots of questions and explanations along the way.

    #11803

    Site: Rockwood Library
    Lesson Title: Mushrooms!
    Date of Class: Oct 21, 2019
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: PatrikKilpatrickEvolutionary
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Education & Government
    How Many Learners: 5
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): needs more LC

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 3
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 6
    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) = 3

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): we started with impeachment.. but then, one learner mentioned mushroom hunting, and we went down the mushroom rabbit hole! found a really nice video too

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