St. Andrew – Summer 2017

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  • #9109

    Benjamin Lostheart
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Art in town
    Date of Class: 8/29/2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class:6
    MC:Deborah
    DJ:Benjamin L
    Assistants:Liam, Patrick
    Module:Society and Culture
    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) =4
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) =6
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) =5
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) =6
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) =6

    Total Score:33

    Classes seem to be getting bigger. The 2 new learners that were there last week have returned. :) Deborah did really well for her first MC Class. She introduced some art concepts to the class and it went pretty good. I suggested that since she is an artist that she might have Artist tools that she can bring in to use in the class moving forward on any art related subjects.

    #9119

    Kate Hartley
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Good bye to the eclipse!
    Date of Class: 8/31/2017
    Day of Class: Thrusday
    Time of Class: 6:00 pm
    MC: Lizzy ( Dress Rehearsal)
    DJ: Kate
    Assistants: Patrick, Liam, Keli, Fedora
    Module: Science, Nature & Technology
    How Many Learners: 5
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): I think we are now stocked up on what we need.

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

    Total Score: 34

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Most of the learners arrived a bit later than usual tonight, seems like everyone is looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Lizzy picked Cat Steven’s “Moon Shadow” which everyone enjoyed hearing and learning. We all noted the value of the alphabet combinations and the importance of varying the letter choices. Fedora gave us an interesting insight as she remarked on how the learners “took the floor” during Round Robin and embraced their opportunity to speak. As always, everyone comes with a determination to learn and improve.
    Kate was guilty of usurping the role of MC during Yell & Spell and has been appropriately reprimanded by her fellow assistants.
    Several people have asked when the class is moving to Irvington. This information would be helpful as soon as it is available.

    #9123

    Deborah Ellison
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Five Things to Know About Trump’s Announcement to End DACA
    Date of Class: 09/05/2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: Benjamin
    DJ: Deborah
    Assistants: Liam, Patrick, Alisa
    Module: Government
    How Many Learners: 6
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): Loyalty cards, alphabet sheets are needed

    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): Started out with alphabet sheets, yell and spell, and focused mainly on dictating the DACA Update sheet and answering any learners’ questions. Class was very engaged on the topic and dictation of the information sheet was challenging, but fun.

    #9136

    Lesson Title: Back to School
    Date of Class: Sept 7, 2017
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6 pm
    MC: Kate
    DJ: Lizzy
    Assistants: Patrick, Liam, Alba
    Module: Education & Government
    How Many Learners: 7
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): Alphabet sheets, Student Identification 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) = 6
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    Total Score: 37

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Another very hot classroom! Several learners arrived late, but class was very cohesive with learners well engaged and helping each other. Topic was embellished by the MC utilizing brightly colored pencils and erasers during Round Robin. MC choice of Bruno Mars song also highlighted topic. Facilitators discussed need to improve methods for sound system.

    #9142

    Deborah Ellison
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Wildfires and Climate Change
    Date of Class: 09/12/2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00 PM
    MC: Benjamin
    DJ: Deborah
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Science, Technology and Nature
    How Many Learners: 9
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): Need 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) = 7
    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) = 7

    Total Score: 40

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Today MC taught his first silent lesson. This really engaged the learners from the alphabet sheet, point and shout, dictation, and especially when playing a spelling game as well. A very fun and uniquely challenging for both the learners and the MC and DJ.

    #9157

    Keli Cook
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Helping Children Succeed in School
    Date of Class: 9/14/2017
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30pm
    MC: Lizzy H.
    DJ: Keli C
    Assistants: Liam, Patrick Elijah, Alba, Alisa
    Module: Back to School
    How Many Learners: 6
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):
    WE NEED MORE LOYALTY CARDS

    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) = 6
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 4
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 32

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): The class began when the first learner arrived, appx 6:10. By the end of the class we had 6 total learners, 2 brand new. Lizzy was very together and confident, especially for being only her 2nd time MCing. Amazing! We suggested she use a slightly louder voice and remember to use the ‘Ready?’ prompt more often. All in all, a great class!

    #9163

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    Lesson Title: There’s a green zebra in your neighborhood
    Date of Class: 9/19/2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: Benjamin L
    DJ: Lizzy
    Assistants: Patrick & Liam
    Module: Science, Technology & Nature
    How Many Learners:
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):
    We need learner cards

    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) = 10
    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) = 7

    Total Score: 37

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

    This was the 2nd silent class led by MC Benjamin. His preparation and body language kept the connection with the learners. Props of real food emphasized lesson points and added humor. DJ worked fast to keep up! Learners comfortable sharing work to help each other. It was noted how communication can occur even without spoken language or understanding the language being spoken.

    #9215

    WilLIAM See
    Participant

    Lesson Title: A Watched Pot Never Boils
    Date of Class: 09/26/2017
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
    MC: Alisa Fairweagther
    DJ: Liam
    Assistants: Patrick Elijah, Na´ama Schweitzer, Ingrid Parmeter
    Module: Meal Preparation
    How Many Learners: 8
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):OK, for now.

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 5
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 2
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 7
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 2
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    Total Score: 29

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Began with call to action: ¨Ready, Yell & Spell; Round Robin with given names; Dictation : Write this down: ¨Todayś lesson is called: A Watched Pot Never Boils.¨
    A complete recipe for Spaghetti with Ground Beef Sauce with these ingredients:
    ground beef, onion, garlic green bell pepper, can of diced tomatoes, can of tomato sauce, can of tomato paste, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, black pepper and Parmesan cheese. All of the above ingredients were combined with these directions. RRś with every major ingredient, included as a tangible, visible prop.
    Alisa and Benjamin Lostheart along with two assistants (Shadowers: Na´amah S. and Ingrid P.) followed Alisa F.ś directions as the entire set of learners showed and told a person near them what each item was called. A lot of genuine camaraderie and hearty laughter with eyes sparkling ensued and filled our meeting room with considerable joy.

    #9260

    WilLIAM See
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Changes that Happen in Autumn
    Date of Class: September 28, 2017
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
    MC: Lizzy H.
    DJ: Liam S.
    Assistants: Alba, Sofia, Patrick E.
    Module: Science, Nature, Technology
    How Many Learners:8
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): no blank cards on hand

    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) = 7

    Total Score: 35

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): After initial alphabet letter call & point, we did yell and spell with each personś first name in Round Robin, until all present were identified. Dictation followed that included:” Leaves on trees change color. Squirrels gather nuts and bury them. Temperatures grow colder in the Fall/Autumn.Students return to school in the Fall. More RoundRobins with props of branch with leaves, a stuffed toy animal squirrel. Choral responses were also used for the dictation sentences.In conclusion, a printed handout was given to all, after playing the musical score of Ẅake Me Up When September Ends,”by Green Dayby songwriters: Michael Pritchard, Frank E., Lii Wright and Billie Joe Armstrong. The lyrics of this song generated a pensive thoughtfulness for all present. Learners reflected this mood as they absorbed the feelings in the music.Lizzy exhibited a wonderful sense of this subject which effectively conveyed the general theme of ¨change.¨

    #9262

    WilLIAM See
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Back to School: how to Build a Reader
    Date of Class: September 21, 2017
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
    MC: Keli C.
    DJ: Liam S.
    Assistants: Alba & Patrick E.
    Module: Science & Technology
    How Many Learners:8
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):no blank cards on hand here.

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 5
    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) = 6
    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): Keli did a very fine job offering after initial letter calls,(doubles & triplets) of building a strong base of specific suggestions, such as reading to a child at bedtime, going to the local library, using board games (props included here). Through dictation, Round Robins and choral responses, learners became aware of resources and methods to stimulate and improve their childrenś reading skills and readiness to read.Word search activity with the word, ¨WEATHER;”make as many words as you can from the letters in weather within two minutes.

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