Rockwood Library – Summer 2017

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  • #9005

    Ashlyn Teather
    Participant

    Lesson Title: portland’s big interesting trees
    Date of Class: 7/20/17
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 2pm
    MC: Maureen
    DJ: Ashlyn
    Assistants: Julia, Meghan
    Module: Local FLora
    How Many Learners: 9
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): gewd

    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

    Total Score: 39

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Getting a big group at this time at rockwood again. Two learners. Room was set up very well to allow learners to work together, and everyone was helping each other! We dictated sentences about trees in portland, and passed around a book with pictures of trees (in portland!) that we dictated. Great class, and super special because Maureen brought banana bread!

    #9021

    Colleen Richardson
    Participant

    Lesson Title: What are we doing today?
    Date of Class: July 25, 2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6.00 pm
    MC: Cecilia
    DJ: Colleen Richardson
    Assistants: NONE

    How Many Learners: 2
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):
    good

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 7
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 4
    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) = 7

    Total Score: 36

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

    #9022

    Colleen Richardson
    Participant

    Lesson Title: What are we doing today?
    Date of Class: July 25, 2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6.00 pm
    MC: Cecilia
    DJ: Colleen Richardson
    Assistants: NONE

    How Many Learners: 2
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):
    good

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 7
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 4
    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) = 7

    Total Score: 36

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    This class began with only one learner who had come the previous night for the first time. Her daughter dropped her off and told us that she was very reluctant to try again because she had felt completely over her head the night before and didn’t think the classes were a good fit. Since she was the only learner, we decided to sit at the table with her to make it more relaxed. I spontaneously decided to grab an alphabet sheet and do the listen and point beside her, as a learner. It was great to experience that activity from the learners’ point of view! It doesn’t seem like a challenging activity for a native speaker, but when the pace is fast and the letter sounds are close, it is! We did yell and spell then added writing our first names. During the first dictation, a second learner arrived, who is advanced. He was great to jump right in and provide learner to learner support for the beginning student. The summertime module provided light and interesting content. The energy in this class was good throughout and we were very glad to hear (via her daughter) that she was happy and looked forward to returning.

    #9025

    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Lesson Title: Summertime in the Pacific Northwst
    Date of Class: 7/25/17
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 2-3:30
    MC: Ramin
    DJ: Ramin
    Assistants:none
    Module: Summeetime
    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) = 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) = 3
    Total Score: 37

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): An engaged class today, had 3 new learners who speak Russian. We went over Portland’s park names and their addresses.

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    #9030

    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Stop and Smell the Roses
    Date of Class: 7/27/17
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 2-3:30
    MC: Ashlyn
    DJ: Maureen
    Assistants: Collin
    Module: Local Flora
    How Many Learners: 14!!!!!
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):
    good. Might need to make new copies of alphabet sheets soon
    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) = 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) = 6

    Total Score: 39

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): This was a great, big class (and a great big class ;) ) Ashlyn dictated sentences pertaining to invasive and non-invasive plants in our local area and had learners make a list of a handful of these plants before conducting a round robin where the learners passed the actual plants around. Learners were seated in prime locations around the table which was very conducive to both intimate communication and extra help. As there were several new people, we relied on our stronger learners to show newbies the ropes. It’s so gratifying to see the progress in our “veteran” learners who take on the role of assistant teachers with pride and gusto. A few of the learners needed a lot of one-on-one assistance during the Yell and Spell which Ashlyn assisted with without shaming, but with help, modeling and laughter. Communicative class with a lot of camaraderie and learners enjoyed passing the plants around.

    #9037

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: President Donald Trump’s Cabinet
    Date of Class: 7/31
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: Lexy
    DJ: CamCivicContrarian
    Assistants:
    Module: All the President’s Men (Cabinet and Jeff Sessions)
    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) = 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) = 7

    Total Score: 35

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

    Challenging class today given highly variable learners’ levels and three kids in class (two were well behaved but one was quite a distraction). Lexy and I talked about repeating the whole phrase during dictation to keep learners on the same page and avoid confusion. I think that will help Lexy facilitate a smoother class. Lexy introduced a new activity that I like but had not been familiar with before: she demonstrated that the senate confirms the President’s cabinet nominees but I calling herself the president, the class was the senate, Lexy chose a chocolate from the table and asked whether the learners approved of her choice; modeled that demonstration around the class. I noticed that a learner who’s attended roughly 12 classes between Rockwood and HB Lee has improved her writing and comprehension skills tremendously. She and I looked through her notebook after class to compare her notes the first few class to her more recent notes.

    #9039

    Colleen Richardson
    Participant

    Lesson Title: What’s happening in the neighborhood?
    Date of Class: 8/01/17
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 2 pm
    MC: Benjamin C
    DJ: Colleen R
    Assistants: Judy
    Module: In the Neighborhood
    How Many Learners: 9
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): in good shape

    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) = 4
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 5

    Total Score: 26

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    This was a great turnout for a very hot day! There were 4 newish learners, 2 advanced and 2 low beginners. All in all it was a good group dynamic. The learners who knew the routine provided a lot of assistance to the new lower level ones. There was quite a bit of Spanish spoken with them to help their understanding. The other new learners were both Russian speakers – in the reflection we talked about asking them to sit apart next time, so they could help others. The dictations were interspersed with short round robins about neighborhood activities: movies in the park and open play swimming. A map of Portland Neighborhood Associations made a good listen and point, as well as practice with cardinal directions – students listened and pointed in the direction of various neighborhoods on the map. We also talked about how we could use that as a good future activity to get up and move around.

    #9042

    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Lesson Title: “put something on the map”
    Date of Class: 8/1/17
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30pm
    MC: Ramin
    DJ: Ramin
    Assistants: None
    Module: In the neighborhood
    How Many Learners: 1
    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) = 3

    Total score: 28

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): I had only one learner. We practiced street numbers, directions, and talked about nearby parks. The class seemed to be difficult for the one learner so I slowed down and worked with the learner 1 on 1 a lot on pronunciation.

    #9046

    Ashlyn Teather
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Countdown to the Eclipse
    Date of Class: 8/3/2017
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 2-3:30pm
    MC: Maureen
    DJ: Ashlyn
    Assistants: Julia
    Module: Eclipse
    How Many Learners: 7
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): gewd

    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) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 40

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Maureen did a great job thinking creatively with the Eclipse model. We started with some dictated sentences about what an eclipse is, then we did a doc search on a diagram (I think) Maureen made showing what the placements of the moon, earth,and sun during the eclipse. We ended with a fun activity where Maureen drew the eclipse path on a map of the US and learners had to fill in what states it was going through- a fun challenge for learners and instructors. Again, we have a great group going where more advanced learners are happily helping other learners. We ended with a great challenge for Julia (seeing impaired) to figure out a game we can play in class that she can participate in.

    #9053

    Lexy Dillon
    Participant

    Lesson Title:Betsy DeVos
    Date of Class:8/7/17
    Day of Class:Monday
    Time of Class:6:00
    MCCam:
    DJ:Lexymariposaalegre
    Assistants:
    Module:Government
    How Many Learners:8
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):
    low on loyalty cards

    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) =6

    Total Score:40

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Active class. Kids were not as participatory as before and we did have a shadower from LA who is up for a conference, who was very impressed with the level of our students

    #9060

    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Lesson Title: “put something on the map”
    Date of Class: 8/8/17
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 2-3:30
    MC: Ramin
    DJ:Ramin
    Assistants: Judy
    Module: In the neighborhood
    How Many Learners: 8
    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) = 8
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 9
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 9
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 9
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 8
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 50

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): This was by far my best class in 2017. I have put some detailed thought into how I am going to execute my lesson plan. Each activity had a punch line that would challenge the learners, and I knew that it would challenge them because I knew their levels. As a result, it created a special engaging environment where learners inevitably had to collaborate with each other in order to get the right answers. I have used a lot of energy and enthusiasm while teaching and that affected the learners in a positive way. As a result, learners felt comfortable to communicate to each other in English a little bit. At the end, one of the learners said to me, ” I like you teach” which is probably an indication that she enjoyed learning and feeling comfortable to overcome the lack of confidence and shame to speak up in English. Powerful stuff!!!

    #9061

    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Lesson Title: “setting up camp”
    Date of Class: 8/8/17
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30
    MC: Cecilia
    DJ: Ramin
    Assistants: None
    Module: In the neighborhood
    How Many Learners: 7!!!
    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) = 2
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 3
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 4
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 2
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 4

    Total Score: 21

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): After having only 1-4 learners, we finally hit 7 learners today so that was exciting. Cecilia was not feeling good. She told me that she is sick, and if I could step in sometimes. I stepped in in the beginning but then Cecilia took over the class and MC’ed until the end of the class. We had a couple high level learners but Cecilia’s lesson plan challenged them as well. At the end many were happy with the learning outcome and expressed interest in coming back next Tuesday again.

    #9064

    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Lesson Title: How animals react to the eclipse
    Date of Class: 8/10/2017
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 2-3:30
    MC: Ashlyn
    DJ: Maureen
    Assistants: n/a
    Module: Eclipse 2017
    How Many Learners: 9
    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) = 7
    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) = 6

    Total Score: 39

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

    #9065

    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Lesson Title:
    Date of Class:
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    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): AT delivered a great class with a lot of interesting material about how animals react to the eclipse. Learners asked a lot of questions and used their devices to figure out what “birds stop chirping” means, etc. We watched a video which exemplified the sentences. During the Round Robin, we found out answers to both “Will you watch the eclipse?” and “where?” the ‘where’ question was posed by learners who were curious about their fellow students, so this was great! Learners asked us teachers questions and as well as each other. Placement of learners around the table worked great as low-level learners were book-ended by HL and learners were extremely helpful, even having the LL learners repeat things to practice during down time.
    JK, assistant gave me a challenge last week to come up with a better way for her to be included in the letter tile game we play. My answer: position her with lowest-level players and have her whisper the spelling of the words the teams are trying to spell. This should A) make JK more of an active facilitator during the game B) level the playing field so one team doesn’t get clobbered. Very thoughtful after-class chat about this topic and animals. :)

    #9069

    Cameron Coval
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Secretary Ben Carson
    Date of Class: August 14 2017
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: Lexy
    DJ: CamCivicContrarian
    Assistants: Gustavo (shadower)
    Module: All The President’s Men
    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) = 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) = 6
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 5

    Total Score: 32

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

    Two new learners today that I know from the community. Two elementary school-aged learners and one younger non-participant. The youngest child was a bit of a distraction throughout class, especially towards the end. Though learners seemed to enjoy having the two other kids in class (learners smiled a lot, laughed when interacting with the kids). Dictation content was a bit too difficult for the average learner level so Gustavo and I wrote down the dictation for lower level learners to copy and keep up. Learners seemed to enjoy “Here it Is” and “This is a what?” activities the most (as mentioned above, lots of smiles and laughter when interacting with the kids).

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