Irvington – Spring 2016

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  • #7399
    WebMaestrex
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    Lesson Title:
    Date of Class:
    Day of Class:
    Time of Class:
    MC:
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    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) =

    Total Score:

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

    #7405
    Diana Tesh
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: TriMet
    Date of Class: 4/5/16
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6PM
    MC: Tony Miller
    DJ: Diana Tesh
    Assistants:
    Module: TriMet
    How Many Learners: 9
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): ok

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: 4
    Technique: 5
    Engagement: 5
    Connection: 5
    Poise: 6
    Reflection: 7

    Total Score: 32

    Comments: It was a pretty laid-back class, all regular students. 3 had completely filled in their loyalty cards and we started new ones for them. Most of the class seemed to know each other and there was lots of joking and teasing (mostly in Spanish, unfortunately).

    #7414
    Mark Griffin
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: Economy, Getting a Job
    Date of Class: 4/7/16
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30
    MC: Megan C
    DJ: Mark G
    Assistants: Mike
    Module: Economy
    How Many Learners: 8
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): we need a deck of professionals, scissors and stapler

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

    Total Score:36

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): This class as been consistently laid back. We had one new student tonight, the brother in law of Cruz Gonzalez.

    #7422
    Anthony Miller
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: Portland 4T: Trail, Tram, Trolley, and Train Loop
    Date of Class: 4/12/16
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00PM
    MC: Diana
    DJ: Tony
    Assistants:
    Module: TriMet
    How Many Learners:9
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):Made copies of Evaluations and Attendance Sheets

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

    Total Score:25

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Diana took a bit of a integrative approach with lesson plan. The alphabet listen and point integrated words from the lesson into the activity. I think it is a rather productive way of utilizing the time because learners begin spelling words involved in the lesson plan. We also did a round-robin with materials that were directly relevant to the lesson. We spent a lot of time writing, and some of the dictation became difficult. Learners had great difficulty pronouncing “would.” Regardless, the energy and camaraderie were high.

    #7439
    Megan Corning
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: The Job Song
    Date of Class: 4/14/16
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30pm
    MC: Mark G
    DJ: Megan C
    Assistants: Keli
    Module: Talking with the Boss
    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) = 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) = 6
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 3
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 7

    Total Score: 33

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): This was the first of Mark’s silent MC classes. He used a tape recorder, as well as mine and Keli’s assistance to provide instructions/initiate activities. He also tried a different technique with dictation, and had several learners each take a turn reading a line (with assistance from myself or Keli as needed) for the class to write. Keli and I would then read the line again. In reflecting afterward, we discussed this technique and had mixed feelings about it; it gave learners an opportunity to lead, and to read aloud, but a couple learners at lower levels weren’t asking to take a turn reading – so we wondered if that might have a discouraging effect on those individuals. Mark found it difficult not to talk, but the class was very engaged and seemed intrigued by the novelty of this style. He also came very prepared with notecards picturing different professions to use for a round robin, and an iPad and speakers to play a song that we listened to at the start of class, and again at the end, after we’d done dictation progression and a search & find activity – which was a nice way to pull it all together.

    #7452

    Lesson Title: Trimet
    Date of Class: 4/19/16
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class:6:00pm
    MC:Tony M
    DJ:Benjamin L
    Assistants:0
    Module:Tri-Met
    How Many Learners:7
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): Alphabet sheets, Loyalty cards, Bridge cutouts, trimet maps.

    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) =5
    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) =6

    Total Score:31

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

    Great class! We had a new learner today who attended with a guest. We worked on the trimet Module, and I found the Bridge card cut outs to be helpful, as our bridges serve as benchmarks in the city and represent a common ground that all of us in Portland can relate too.

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    #7456
    Anthony Miller
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: Taking Care of Business
    Date of Class:4/21/16
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6:00PM
    MC: Megan
    DJ: Tony
    Assistants: Keli
    Module: Employment
    How Many Learners: 8
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): ***THE ESL BOX HAS GONE MISSING*** and, as such, dates for the loyalty cards for the learners who attended need to be completed.

    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) =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: 31

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): We had a good class today. I arrived to find the ESL Box missing. I searched the copy room, library, and teacher’s lounge, but it is nowhere to be found. I believe Benjamin and I returned it to the copy room on Tuesday after class. Anyway, Megan managed to create a whole lesson out of “Turner Overdrive”… impressive. We listened to the song, w/ lyrics, did some dictation and dialogue related to it. We finished the class with a document search of the lyrics and another sing along. Kattia has been coming with a native english speaker, Peter. He is a good guy. He has sat in on two classes so far and participates when we ask him too. He even brought some dictionaries and ESL text books to give away to learners at the end of class. I think we should keep him around. Keli was also a pleasure to work with. Overall, good class!

    #7469
    Anthony Miller
    Spectator

    Lesson Title:TriMet
    Date of Class:4/26/2016
    Day of Class:Tuesday
    Time of Class:6:00PM
    MC:Benjamin C
    DJ:Tony M
    Assistants:Stephanie
    Module:Trimet
    How Many Learners:10
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):Still need 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) =6
    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:38

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):We finished up the trimet section with a MAX document search, dialogue practice, and bridge round robin. We had 10 students, a lot of joking and fun. Stephanie was nice, and helpful.

    #7489
    Anthony Miller
    Spectator

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    Lesson Title:Ring Ring Ring
    Date of Class:5/3/2016
    Day of Class:Tuesday
    Time of Class:6:00PM
    MC:Benjamin C
    DJ:Tony M
    Assistants:
    Module:Telephone Etiquette
    How Many Learners:7
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc):Box has disappeared again… honor is low.

    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) =5
    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): Ben and I both showed up prepared to MC, but I let him take the reigns. We started the telephone etiquette model by incorporating some telephone role play into the name yell and spell. That was a pretty cool idea on Benjamin’s part. We did some dialogue with some phony phone numbers and went over things like area codes, greetings, etc… The class ended enthused.

    #7493
    Alex Van Meter
    Spectator

    Lesson Title:
    Date of Class:
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    Time of Class:
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    How Many Learners:
    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) = 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) = 5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    Total Score:36

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Marc started with the alphabet yell and point. He then had the students introduce themselves. He then went straight into teaching them the song Joe Hill. He first played it, then tried to get them to repeat verses back to him verse by verse without them writing it down. He then introduced the title of today’s lesson, following it up with a choral response. Going back to the song he had them write down a couple of verses by reading them off a transcription of the song, and having them do a choral response for each verse. He then did the “this is a blank” “a what?” “a blank” exercise, using people from the song and other people related to the labor movement.

    #7497
    Alex Van Meter
    Spectator

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    Lesson Title:
    Date of Class: 04/28/2016
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30
    MC: Mark G.
    DJ: Alex V.
    Assistants: Megan
    Module:
    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) = 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) = 7

    Total Score:40

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

    #7514
    Mark Griffin
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: what benefits you get from a union
    Date of Class: 5/12/16
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30
    MC: Alex V
    DJ: Mark G
    Assistants: Keli
    Module: economics~labor history
    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) = 4
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 5
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) = 3
    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: 29

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): things were hectic at the school tonight, with multi-culture day in the gym and Irvington Neighborhood Assoc in the library. We used room 108, which was fine.
    The first 15-20 minutes of class we joined the multicultural events by watching Aztec dancers.
    Told the students that next week’s Thursday class would be at St. Andrew and the following Thursday will be the last class for the summer at Irvington School.

    #7549
    Alex Van Meter
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: Do you like Honey?
    Date of Class: 05/25/2016
    Day of Class: Wednesday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30
    MC: Ramin T.
    DJ: Alex V.
    Assistants: Sage, Ivy
    Module: Native Pollinators
    How Many Learners: 16
    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) = 6
    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

    Total Score: 39

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): We started with the standard exercises, the alphabet yell and point, the speak and spell, and the title of today’s lesson. Then we moved did a dialogue that consisted of the students asking each other “Honey, do you like honey?”, saying yes got them candy, saying no got them nothing.

    #7550
    Mark Griffin
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: Brother can you spare a dime
    Date of Class: May 26
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6-7#0
    MC: Alex
    DJ: Mark G
    Assistants: Keli
    Module: Labor history
    How Many Learners: 6
    Materials Status (loyalty cards, alphabet sheets, etc): no more materials at library

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 8
    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) = 6
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) =6

    Total Score: 47

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Last class. At end of class, we discussed continuing during the summer. Principal at Irvington may be willing to let us use that building. One of class members, Antonia, volunteered the use of her basement on 10th and Schuyler. Another, Kattia, her patio, also in that neighborhood. Class was open to having class at either of those places. Once a week, with Tuesdays the best night.

    #7551
    Alex Van Meter
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: Intercambio
    Date of Class: 05/19/2016
    Day of Class: Thursday
    Time of Class: 6-8
    MC: Patrick M.
    DJ: Alex V.
    Assistants:
    Module: Intercambio
    How Many Learners: 9
    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) =

    Total Score:

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): For this class we went to a local church and did an intercambio class. A bunch of English speakers sat on one side of a table, and a bunch of spanish speakers on another. After introductions were made and food was eaten, we took turns speaking to each other, explaining to the person across from us who spoke the other language what we had had to eat that day. Then the other person would recite as best they could back to us what we had said. We did a few rounds of this, each time with a different twist. After that was over, we broke off into groups of only the Spanish speakers and only the English speakers and agreed on the words to common songs (You are my Sunshine for the English speakers, and I did not properly catch the one for the Spanish speakers). Then we found a speaker of the other language and tried to teach the song to them. It ended with us all singing both songs.

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