Ventura Elementary – Winter 2020

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  • #12026
    Ramin Tokhi
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    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:
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    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):

    #12032
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Lesson Title: Know Your Rights
    Date of Class: 02/04/2010
    Day of Class Tuesday
    Time of Class: 4-5:30
    MC: Maureen
    DJ: Maureen
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Know Your Rights
    How Many Learners: 11
    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) = 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

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Dictated sentences that were pertinent to Know Your Rights such as remaining silent and not answering questions. A few learners asked me what the ICE acronym stood for and looked up information about them on their phones and passed the info to their seatmates. We played a very competitive game of Scrabble Scramble and since these folks were quite high level, we challenged them with tough words such as ‘approached’ and ‘enforcement.’

    #12038
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Lesson Title: How do I get from here to there?
    Date of Class: 2/6/2020
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 4-5:30
    MC: Maureen
    DJ:
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: maps and addresses
    How Many Learners: 10
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):
    need a box for our materials and a pair of scissors
    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) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 8
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): The actual class was great; everyone worked together and were laughing and helping each other while we passed around the kids toys I brought in that were wooden signs from a train set–detour, no U-turn, people crossing, etc. I dictated sentences that were short directions to schools and libraries in the area. We asked each other if we’d been to Midland Library, Oliver School, etc. The trying part of today’s class was the children of the learners being unsupervised and without enough to do. They were loud and distracting, throwing balls and climbing all over everything. It made it difficult to focus and work one-on-one with learners.

    #12058
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Site: Ventura Park Elementary
    Lesson Title: Say it out LOUD
    Date of Class: Feb 11, 2020
    Time of Class: 4:00 PM
    MC: MaureenSeastarTeacher
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Know Your Rights
    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) = 8
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 8
    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): Learners used their translation apps to decode the sentences I dictated. This lesson is not one of my favorites, but it is very important and I think the learners could see that it was information that they should know. I moved people around based on their level and it worked great putting learners who are much higher level in the position to help others. There were far fewer children of learners to contend with this afternoon so learners could focus better on the lesson and were very engaged with it and with each other.

    #12077
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Site: Ventura Park Elementary
    Lesson Title: NORTH, SOUTH, EAST, WEST
    Date of Class: Feb 13, 2020
    Time of Class: 4:00 PM
    MC: MaureenSeastarTeacher
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Maps and Addresses
    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) = 8
    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) = 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 had a good laugh over our two learners, who are friends, who have the same name. One is_____#1, the other_______#2. When I started calling them simply #1 and #2, they thought that was hysterical. When we passed around the wooden train set signs with “Deer crossing” and “Detour” on them, I asked some of the children of the learners, who were at their breaking point for occupying themselves, “Hi _____! This is a WRONG WAY” sign, they didn’t want to have anything to do with me and left their parent alone to continue with the class. This was a really fun class with a LOT of laughing!!

    #12101
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Site: Ventura Park Elementary
    Lesson Title: What to do if you’re outdoors
    Date of Class: Feb 18, 2020
    Time of Class: 4:00 PM
    MC: MaureenSeastarTeacher
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Know Your Rights
    How Many Learners: 6
    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) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 6
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 8

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Dictated short sentences with “you are,” your and you’re since learners have been asking a lot of questions about both contractions and the difference between your and you’re. This group is so high-level that I can be a lot more nit picky about their responses both in their writing and their pronunciation which we worked on a lot. They are a very chatty group and I’m glad that the child care issue seems to be cleared up. I also enjoy the fact that one of the learners’ child has joined the class and seems to enjoy competing with her mom.

    #12110
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Site: Ventura Park Elementary
    Lesson Title: How do I get to the airport?
    Date of Class: Feb 20, 2020
    Time of Class: 4:00 PM
    MC: MaureenSeastarTeacher
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: maps and addresses
    How Many Learners: 8
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): good, though there wasn’t a sign-in sheet for the SUN program.

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 8
    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) = 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): I dictated several sentences where there was a lot of repetition but just enough new words and phrases to throw the learners off, to much laughter. We had a great time coming up with the silliest ways to get to the airport in including swimming up the Columbia River! ;) I love that one of the learners’ daughters is sitting in for half the class–when we laugh and play games, she wants to join, so I gave her a L.C. and she was very excited about that. I challenged the learners to remember the names of the signs I brought that we used last week since they are so high level. Great class!

    #12119
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Site: Ventura Park Elementary
    Lesson Title: Information for parents
    Date of Class: Feb 25, 2020
    Time of Class: 4:00 PM
    MC: MaureenSeastarTeacher
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Know Your Rights
    How Many Learners: 7
    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) = 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): This was a great group but not a great class. I realized halfway through that the sentences I dictated were way too long and not in the right order for optimum understanding. I beat myself up as I went along and when I tried to remedy the situation and edit the sentences so as not to discourage lower-level learners, the sentences were missing key components for flow and comprehension. But….we had fun playing a game and playing with the kiddos who were running around the table yelling.

    #12129
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Site: Ventura Park Elementary
    Lesson Title: Sign, sign, Everywhere a Sign
    Date of Class: Feb 27, 2020
    Time of Class: 4:00 PM
    MC: MaureenSeastarTeacher
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: maps and addresses
    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) = 8
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 8
    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) = 5

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): This was the best class I’ve taught in a looooooooooooong time! I felt like I had to make up for Tuesdays class when the sentences I dictated were WAY too long. This class was all about signs and passing around a funny book of signs I got from the library. Stop sign in the middle of a lake, etc. It was my father’s 80th birthday today, so I thought it would be fun to have everyone sing to him in their native language and put my phone on speaker and call him in NY while he blew out his candles. It worked great and was SOOO fun! The learners got really into it. I alternated the sentences with ones that used THIS and ones that used THESE and I think it was successful. We played a riveting game of Scrabble Scramble after having a contest to see who could find all 23 “signs” in the lyrics to the Five Man Electrical Band song. The winner got bragging rights and, of course, chocolate. :)

    #12141
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

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    Site: Ventura Park Elementary
    Lesson Title: What’s so super about Super Tuesday?
    Date of Class: Mar 03, 2020
    Time of Class: 4:00 PM
    MC: MaureenSeastarTeacher
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Primaries and Caucuses
    How Many Learners: 5
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): great!

    Self Evaluation

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

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Dictated short sentences about the primaries. We colored in the participating states on a blank map of the U.S. and had fun guessing where each state belonged as well as cracking up over the weird spellings of such states as Massachusetts, Maine and Arkansas. Handed out Census 2020 swag from the box Patrik brought to my house. They loved the free stuff (of course!) ;)

    #12151
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Site: Ventura Park Elementary
    Lesson Title: Eat the rainbow
    Date of Class: Mar 05, 2020
    Time of Class: 4:00 PM
    MC: MaureenSeastarTeacher
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: Prevention & Wellness
    How Many Learners: 10
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): good!

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 8
    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) = 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): I love this recycled lesson SO much because there’s always someone who is audibly mystified by the idea of rainbow eating. “Are we eating Skittles?” was today’s query. Then, as I pull out fruit and veggies from my cooler, they can see that the color of each represents part of a rainbow and they start guessing what I’ll pull out next to pass around for Round Robin. I also enjoy having them locate words such as “vulgaxanthin” and “cartenoids” during seek & find. VERY VERY chatty and lively class! They made fun of the food I brought in because my apple was bruised and my orange was old and shriveled. “This is a rotten apple!” (rotten became rotten and ugly as the apple made its way around the room).

    #12162
    Maureen Riggs
    Participant

    Site: Ventura Park Elementary
    Lesson Title: The United States is a primary battleground
    Date of Class: Mar 10, 2020
    Time of Class: 4:00 PM
    MC: MaureenSeastarTeacher
    DJ: MC Entered attendance, no DJ
    Assistants/Shadowers/Auditioner:
    Module: primaries and caucuses
    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) = 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) = 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): We only got through a third of the lesson before we were summoned/invited to take part in a multicultural event at the school complete with food and translators. We asked each other questions about multiculturalism and what part our individual cultures plays in out lives. Learners and other participants were asked what they’d like to see at a multicultural night. It was very empowering watching the learners have a voice and advocate for themselves. :)

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