Mill Park Elementary – Spring 2014

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  • #1742
    WebMaestrex
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    #1765
    S Bones
    Spectator

    Date of Class: March 31
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class 6pm
    MC: Mary Louise
    DJ: Sam Bones
    Assistants: Nancy, Matt
    Module: Nutrition
    How Many Learners: 8
    Score: 39
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    The class went well. There was the “getting used to the other” since Mary Louise and Sam were meeting for the first time. But there was enough to keep all 4 of us busy. There are a few higher level learners with a few lower level, and then 1 or 2 very newbies, and we interspersed everyone to make sure that each had easy access to help the other.

    #1897
    Mary Louise W
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 4/7/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30
    MC: David
    DJ: ML
    Assistants: Nancy, Jane, and Benjamen
    Module: Nutrition
    How Many Learners: 13
    Score: 46
    What happened: A great class today, with lots of students and lots of teachers. Fruits and vegetables were reviewed, with much practice- and all with actual fruits and vegetables, which is always great! Students divided into 2 groups and practiced the “This is an apple. . .” and were able to practice with all the fruits and vegetables. David and Jane closed by playing their ukeleles and singing a song about eating. Despite only having practiced each verse once, the students sang along pretty well, and it was a great way to end a class!

    #1915
    KasPermissionary
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 04-02-14
    Day of Class: Weds
    Time of Class 6:00 pm
    MC: Joshua
    DJ:
    Assistants:Rodolfo & Benjamin
    Module: In the Kitchen
    How Many Learners: 6
    Score: 5+4+5+6+5+2= 27
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): The class was really a fun class. Rodolfo was absolutely essential in his gifted ability to connect across cultural barriers and really help the learners who are newest to English language. They also seem to really enjoy connecting with him quite a bit. The smaller class size was nice because it gave me the opportunity to focus a bit more on giving individual attention to the learners. toward the end we played a matching game with different vocabulary words in the kitchen. The game was good fun, but there was too much vocabulary on the table to easily make matches. When folks got a match, they earned a cookie. The learners seemed to really enjoy the game… but making the matches was slow going. In the future I will use this game with a smaller number of matching cards at a time. Otherwise it was a great activity… I just need to hone in the usefulness of it.

    #1995
    Mary Louise W
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 4/14/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30
    MC: Benjamin
    DJ: ML
    Assistants:
    Module: Nutrition
    How Many Learners: 10
    Score: 45
    What happened: Ben’s first class as MC and he did great.!. .Good engagement of all students. We did “This is an X/A What?” with various vegetables, some new, some review. The real vegetables makes all the difference- students would pick them up and ask “What’s this?” Dictation of these veggies after the dialogue was great practice. Ended class with a round-robin “Do you like junk food/Yes I do/No I don’t”. We had some examples of this too, which was great. In the end, we didn’t have time to do the game that Ben had prepared. . .next time!

    #2003
    S Bones
    Spectator

    Date of Class:April 16th
    Day of Class:Wednesday
    Time of Class6:00
    MC:Joshua
    DJ:Sam Bones
    Assistants:n/a
    Module:In the kitchen
    How Many Learners:9
    Score:33
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):Lots of hilarious laughter with the muffin tin! Joshua had a nice lesson plan worked out, but we ended not following most of it. We did some dictation, but really didn’t get into role-play since the “this is a…” took so long to get through. Had a rousing game of Concentration, with candy as a prize for scoring a match…and as the 7:30 mark came, there were still some matches to be made, and nobody wanted to quit playing, so we went over a bit. They really like their games. Fun evening, nice to get to meet Joshua, and we will have great classes together for the next 4 weeks.

    #2232
    Brooke Stady
    Spectator

    Date of Class:4/21
    Day of Class:Monday
    Time of Class:6-7:30
    MC:David
    DJ:ML
    Assistants:
    Module:Nutrition
    How Many Learners:4
    Score:49
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): A surprisingly small turnout tonight, but it made for some good, concentrated engagement and lots of pronunciation work. David brought in some great images and we worked a lot reviewing protein food vocabulary with the “This is an egg. . .”, etc. Also modeled ‘This is’ vs. “These are’ which took awhile to be clarified but eventually they caught on. Lots of great dictation work as well as some TPR with the stepping in/out of circle if you like/dislike an item. We didn’t have time to do the “PB&J’ song David had planned, but perhaps next time!

    #2240
    KasPermissionary
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 04/23/2014
    Day of Class: Wednesday
    Time of Class 6:30
    MC: Sambones
    DJ: Joshua
    Assistants: Rodolfo
    Module: In The Kitchen
    How Many Learners: 8
    Score: 9+8+8+8+8+10 = 51
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): This was Sambones’ silent class. It went really well. The best part about the class overall in my opinion is that the learners seemed to really have a lot of fun watching me and Rodolfo try to figure out what Sambones was directing. It made for a really different learning atmosphere that made it VERY ok for everyone to be confused at times. Sambones put a lot of effort into her preparation and a lot of thought into how she would communicate without words. Every week the class gets more engaging, more entertaining, and more successful. I feel like there are some great relationships being cultivated between the learners and the teachers.

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    #2353
    David Rutiezer
    Spectator

    Date of Class:April 28, 2014
    Day of Class:Monday
    Time of Class: 6pm-7:30pm
    MC:Mary Louise
    DJ:David
    Assistants:Nancy
    Module:What Do You Do?
    How Many Learners:3
    Score:48
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    This was Mary Louise’s first silent class. She did really well communicating a lesson to me using no words, with only a few brief points of real confusion. We had a dictation: “My name is, what is your name? Nice to meet you.” She had a lot of pictures of people in their jobs: teacher, doctor, carpenter, chef. We had some dictations and choral response: She is a teacher. He is a gardener. etc. Later, we put all the pictures on a small table and played a game: Who is the teacher? Who is the police officer? Then we had a listen and do, about jobs, work and abilities: Dance, sew, write, read, type, clean, answer phones. Then we formed a circle: Can you sew? etc, in which stepping into the circle was accompanied by “Yes, I can” while stepping out was accompanied by “No, I can’t”

    #2440
    S Bones
    Spectator

    Date of Class:April 30, 2014
    Day of Class: Wednesday
    Time of Class 6:00
    MC: Joshua
    DJ: Sam Bones
    Assistants:
    Module: Emergency Preparedness
    How Many Learners: 6
    Score: 32
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Both Joshua and I were impressed that, as nice as yesterday was, that anyone showed up for class. It just goes to show how important it is for them to commit to learning the English language, and they work very hard at it. One of our students has only been here for 2 months and is struggling a bit to understand the whole “What is your address” concept, such as what, actually, does “address” refer to? Anyways, Joshua really syncs well with this group, and I can see how the students are warming up to his gentle ways. Our only Spanish-speaker holds up well here, and willing to help and share with the others-whose language doesn’t resemble anything close to Spanish, or English! However, this group loves to laugh, and especially they love anything that is a game-like activity.

    #2508
    David Rutiezer
    Spectator

    Date of Class:May 5, 2014
    Day of Class:Monday
    Time of Class6-7:30 pm
    MC:Mary Louise
    DJ:David
    Assistants:
    Module:What Do You Do?
    How Many Learners:5
    Score:8+7+7+8+9=47
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): This was Mary Louise’s second silent class. We did yell and spell with a focus on clusters of letters and numbers that may be confusing or sound similar (A, H, 8)(B, V, P)(S, F, X, 6) (C, Z, 3) We worked on basic introduction skills using dictation, then role play: Hi. My name is ___. What’s yours? Nice to meet you. And then we did: what’s his name? what’s her name?, because last week, there was some difficulty for our learners. We had a dictation of vocab words, verbs to describe things we do: write, read, type, run, swim, drive, etc. and worked on asking and answering: Can you swim? Yes, I can. No, I can’t., using dictation, call and respond, role play around the table, and finally we stood in a big circle, and stepped into the middle silently for yes and stepped out of the circle for no.

    #2571
    KasPermissionary
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 05/07/2014
    Day of Class: Wednesday
    Time of Class 6:00 pm
    MC: Joshua
    DJ:
    Assistants: Rodolfo
    Module: Emergency Preparedness
    How Many Learners: 7
    Score: 35
    What happened This was a really productive class. The participants are making great progress in their language capabilities and also their understanding of the classroom interaction. This class was one of the more rewarding for me. I feel like I’m learning just as much as they are. There are two learners in particular who have dramatic improvement in their communication over the last month or two. This week’s activities were focused on emergency preparedness vocabulary.

    #2828
    Mary Louise W
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 5/12/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6:00
    MC: David
    DJ: ML
    Assistants: Nancy
    Module: What do you do?
    How Many Learners: 5
    Score: 46
    What happened: Good energy and engagement in class today. We reviewed jobs and appropo pronouns by David dictating phrases “He is a doctor/She is a. . .”, using photos. Then he added to it by dictating “Is he a doctor/Is she a. . .”, which was a nice challenge for the students. We broke the students into pairs and did a word scramble which, after a few different explanations, really caught on quite well. Finally, we ended with a song- David singing and playing ukelele. The Ss divided into 2 groups- “Yes I can” and “No you can’t” choruses and it was a blast to sing. The students seemed to love it.

    #2908
    KasPermissionary
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 05/14/2014
    Day of Class: Weds
    Time of Class: Evening
    MC: Sambones
    DJ: Joshua
    Assistants: Rodolfo
    Module: Emergency Preparedness
    How Many Learners: 6
    Score: 10+7+7+7+6+10=47
    What happened: This was Sambones’ second silent class. Sambones was very creative with her lesson and brought many outside, real-world materials that were all appropriate for the module. I’m very impressed with the consistent improvement each of the learners are making in spelling, pronunciation, confidence, and willingness to try. Despite having suffered personal loss today, Sambones stepped up to the challenge and taught a very productive class. We did several dictations of emergency preparedness vocabulary words and phrases. We went over items contained in an emergency preparedness supply kit. We went through the motions of what to do in an earthquake and a tsunami and learned vocabulary associated with those disasters.

    #2918
    David Rutiezer
    Spectator

    Date of Class: May 19, 2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class 6- 7:30 pm
    MC:Mary Louise
    DJ:David
    Assistants:Nancy
    Module:What Do You Do?
    How Many Learners:6
    Score:5+8+6+7+6+8=40
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Mary Louise’s unplanned class. We did “What is she/he? What does he/ she do? He/ she is a/an athlete, barista, teacher, etc” in various ways: writing, speaking, role play. Then we had a few games: mixed-up names of the students to be unscrambled, followed by concentration using a few phrases and words we’d learned.

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