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  • #11741
    Ramin Tokhi
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    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):

    #11742
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: n/a
    Date of Class: Oct 02, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: World Cultures
    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) = 3
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 3
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 3
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 3
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 3
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 3

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Meh, not the best class back after a break- I was a little off, they seemed tired and it was cold in the building! They were telling me it was even colder in the factory and didn’t seem too happy about it (they have also all been working a lot of overtime so they seemed tired). Also, I had a cool idea to do a module on world cultures, where we’d learn about different customs/traditions of various cultures talking about differences, unique interesting facts, etc.. but the truth is, I didn’t plan very well and got overwhelmed and nervous before the class so I totally ditched and threw together a plan during lunch break. All in all it was fine and I know we’ll get back into the swing of things, it just was one of those ‘not very bueno’ classes- it happens! The cool thing about the class was we did have a few side discussions about issues relevant to them so ultimately I guess having that space every once in a while is totally fine as long as no one is lost- and… no one was :)

    #11743
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    I didn’t get the email from little brother for this post even though I submitted attendance so here’s the info (there were no learners anyways so not much to report)
    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: n/a
    Date of Class: Oct 02, 2019
    Time of Class: 12:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Timelines
    How Many Learners: 0
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    #11746
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: n/a
    Date of Class: Oct 09, 2019
    Time of Class: 12:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: World Maps
    How Many Learners: 1
    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) = 3
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 3
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 3
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 3
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 3

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Well only 1 learner came very late so we didn’t do much. She wanted to tell me about her trip to Las Vegas so that’s what we did :)

    #11747
    Ramin Tokhi
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: N/A
    Date of Class: Oct 09, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: World Cultures
    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) = 5
    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) = 4
    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): Good class today! We learned the names of the continents and pointed out various well-known countries on each one. We did a dictation/round robin with interesting facts of each of the continents. We talked about Mongolia and what
    nomadic means and I learned a bit about the Hmong culture/way of life from one of the learners. Overall they seemed very interested and engaged and we will continue with this theme next week :)

    #11764
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: N/A
    Date of Class: Oct 16, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: World Cultures
    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) = 5
    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) = 4
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 4

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Good group, great class! We had fun reviewing the names of continents and learning which countries are on which continents. We then did a doc search with countries and their capitals (I learned here too!) Next we did dictation/round robin learning about famous landmarks in a few countries (France/Eifell Tower, USA/Statue of Liberty), etc.. using the phrase ‘(country) is known for (landmark or animals) as in the case of Australia and kangaroos). Lastly, we did a cloze activity with more interesting world facts- this was preparation for a crossword puzzle that we will use next week in an activity.

    #11765
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: N/A
    Date of Class: Oct 16, 2019
    Time of Class: 12:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Getting to know you
    How Many Learners: 1
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 3
    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) = 5
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 4

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): I was happy to have the newest learner come back- he didn’t come the last 2 times so I wondered if he got a different job. Alas, he was on vacation and then sick and said he was so glad to be back and “plans to be here every class until December when we have the next break” Very sweet :) Since it was just him, we pretty much just worked on conversation and past tense. He has a good grasp of the language but really struggles with past tense and pronouns – so we did a lot of writing and speaking.

    #11790
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: N/A
    Date of Class: Oct 23, 2019
    Time of Class: 12:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Conversation
    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) = 3
    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) = 3
    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): One learner was on time, we mostly just practiced structured conversation. Then a 2nd learner came in, it was a bit of a challenge to include her as the 1st learner wanted to continue talking about a specific topic and I had to try hard to not make him feel less important while ensuring the other learner felt included- their levels are quite different, with his being a bit higher so it wasn’t easy since we were in a good flow, but it worked out pretty well and after a while he seemed happy to have another learner there to practice with. Then a 3rd (new) learner came at the very very end of class so we brought her in, shared names and then practiced asking each other ‘reasons we want to practice our English’. Hopefully they all come next week, and ideally they all come at the beginning of class… only in a perfect world I suppose ;)

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    #11792
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: N/A
    Date of Class: Oct 23, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Cultures of the World
    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) = 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) = 4
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 4

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Another fun class on the books! This is just a hot topic with them and there’s a lot we can do with it- activities have been fun, dynamic and engaging and given their levels and ability to help eachother in their language (they all speak the same one), we can really get into more advanced material that everyone can benefit from. We reviewed a bit from last week and then focused a lot on Wh- questions. I had them make questions out of statments which is such good practice for them all as they have a tendency to leave out the verb and/or articles in a question, or use the wrong structure (so instead of how much does it cost, they’ll say ‘how much it cost’, or instead of where are they from, they’ll say ‘Where they are from’). So, it was really good to work with this grammar point today. We ended with a fun crossword puzzle that they were all super engaged with :)

    #11814
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: n/a
    Date of Class: Oct 30, 2019
    Time of Class: 12:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: World maps
    How Many Learners: 0
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

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

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): No learners came today. I know many of them have been working overtime so I’m assuming that may be the reason. I’m sure at least one or 2 will be there next week :)

    #11815
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: N/A
    Date of Class: Oct 30, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: World Cultures
    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) = 5
    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) = 4
    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): Fun class today. We delved into the next topic in this series, world cultures. We could spend month on this topic! First we practiced wh-questions and then some tag questions which was great practice. Then to start off the main topic, I laid out an image that was sort of a diagram showing the main themes of what makes culture (food, festivals, clothing, beliefs, values, etc..) We then looked at a word cloud that was a good extension of that diagram (and they love word clouds!) Next, we talked about a few American traditions/holidays like the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus and whether or not they had these fictional figures in their own cultures, or anything similar. Interesting stuff! Last we did a cloze activity about superstitions and I asked them to think of superstitions that they know of from their own cultures that they could share next week. We’ll see if they do their homework!

    #11846
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

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    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: n/a
    Date of Class: Nov 06, 2019
    Time of Class: 12:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: World Cultures
    How Many Learners: 1
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 3
    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) = 5
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 4

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): This was a pretty special class. It was just one learner, a middle aged man from Colombia. He is definitely struggling being here in the US and we’ve talked about his situation a few times. Well, to the best of our ability with the language barrier. My Spanish is ok, but he is about high beginner so we get stuck at times. I try to not use Spanish with him as I want to encourage him to practice English but of course, we go there at times. Yesterday was pretty emotional, it’s really hard on him and family who have been forced to leave their home. I help my composure but it was not easy. I let him talk and he wrote many things down but it was mainly casual conversation.

    #11847
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: n/a
    Date of Class: Nov 06, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: World Cultures
    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) = 5
    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) = 4
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 3
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 3

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Pretty average class- I think I was pretty distracted by the feelings left from the previous class but all in all it went well. We started by practicing more tag questions and spent a good amount of time on that as they really enjoy this grammar point. And they realize how often we use them! We then reviewed a few things from last week including ‘what makes up a culture’ and superstitions. We then learned (dictation) about some customs/beliefs in other countries. We’ll pick up here next week and spend 2 more weeks with this theme. After Thanksgiving break, we’ll have 3 weeks until a longer winter break.

    #11870
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: n/a
    Date of Class: Nov 13, 2019
    Time of Class: 12:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Local events
    How Many Learners: 1
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 2
    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): A good one-on-one class with lots of structured conversation and pronunciation practice. We talked about the events his family will be vending at during the holiday season and also the general culture here of buy/support local small businesses. We laughed a lot too :)

    #11871
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Site: Sherwin Williams
    Lesson Title: Do you know Elizabeth Gilbert?
    Date of Class: Nov 13, 2019
    Time of Class: 2:30 PM
    MC: BrookeCompassionateEducator
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: World Maps/Cultures
    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) = 3
    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) = 4
    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): I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare so I sort of ‘winged it’ a bit, but overall pretty good class. I started off talking about Liz Gilbert since I had plans to meet her in person (!!!!!) that evening and see her speak at a women’s empowerment series, which was amazing by the way ;) So, they learned about my favorite author and some said they would watch Eat, pray, love this week. Would be so cool if they did! We then reviewed our tag questions from last week and ended with a board game I found online about famous landmarks around the world and other themes related to the topic we’ve been exploring the last few weeks. It was ok, it would have been better if I had prepared more but still seemed like they enjoyed it and it was good language practice too, of course :)

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