Mill Park Elementary – Winter 2014

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  • #738
    WebMaestrex
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    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):

    #768
    Brooke Stady
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    Date of Class: 2/3/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    MC:Brooke
    DJ:
    Assistants: Lisa Hanes
    Module: Money
    How Many Learners: 11
    Score:
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Not bad at all for the first class! We had 11 learners total, varying levels but generally a very fun energetic group. There were about 6 to start, we were rolling with the Alphabet and onto names when the other 5 or so trickled in. It was a tad challenging to get everyone on the same page at times but a good “ready” proved quite effective. We identified coins, practiced pronunciation and then did the coin grab activity. Most of the learners had good listening skills and seemed to understand instruction pretty well. From there we decided to do a short dictation/dialogue that challenged the more advanced learners but wasn’t too difficult for the lower level learners. Ended with a super fun TPR, lots of laughing and thank you’s at the end :)

    #775
    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 2/5/14
    Day of Class: Wednesday
    MC: Patrik
    DJ: Lisa H
    Assistants: Rodolfo, Maribel, Tanner
    Module: Measurement
    How Many Learners: 7
    Score: 3+4+5+5+6+5= 38
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Very cold day probably contributed to low turnout.. Many assistants, most of them new; several new learners. The principal and one of the new teachers had an altercation, and he left very upset. A number of things were not coming together, and the learners trickled in – Lisa was a little late, too (and brought cookies). Still, there was a really good magical feeling afterwards, so success!

    #1016
    WebMaestrex
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    Date of Class: 2/12/14
    Day of Class: Wednesday
    MC: Patrik
    DJ:
    Assistants: Rodolfo, Nicole
    Module: Measurement
    How Many Learners: 2
    Score: 6+4+7+6+5+5=33
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): only one returning learner, plus an old friend.. three facilitators. We kept it rolling talking about snow and being cold. It was ok, a little disappointing that there were so few folks, but we chalk it up to confusion in the aftermath of the winter storm.

    #1017
    WebMaestrex
    Keymaster

    Date of Class: 2/12/14
    Day of Class: Wednesday
    MC: Patrik
    DJ:
    Assistants: Rodolfo, Nicole
    Module: Measurement
    How Many Learners: 2
    Score: 6+4+7+6+5+5=33
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): only one returning learner, plus an old friend.. three facilitators. We kept it rolling talking about snow and being cold. It was ok, a little disappointing that there were so few folks, but we chalk it up to confusion in the aftermath of the winter storm.

    #1323
    KasPermissionary
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    Joshua Clark

    Date of Class: 02/19/2014
    Day of Class: Weds
    MC: Patrik McDade
    DJ: Joshua Clark
    Assistants: Rodolfo
    Module: Measurement
    How Many Learners: 6
    Score: 6+5+7+6+5+7= 36
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    The class warmed up nicely and after a short time there was a lot of assisting of learning amongst the learners. One new learner seemed to be under a great deal of pressure in the beginning, but by the time he left and we said thank you for coming, the genuine smile and handshake indicated that he seemed to have enjoyed himself. The group had a great deal of laughter together. The energy of the class was good. I’m looking forward to continuing to build a relationship with the members of this class and finding ways to understand their individual strengths and needs to support the language acquisition process.

    #1331
    Zadok Taylor
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    Date of Class: 02/24/2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    MC: Zadok
    DJ: n/a
    Assistants: n/a
    Module: Money
    How Many Learners: 9
    Score: 40
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Started off with good ol’ alphabet after talking to the new couple, then did some rounds of “This is a penny”, finishing with some good ol’ TPR.

    #1337
    KasPermissionary
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 02/26/2014
    Day of Class: Wednesday
    MC: Joshua Clark
    DJ: Rodolfo
    Assistants:
    Module: Measurement
    How Many Learners: 8
    Score: 4+4+5+5+5+5 = 28
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    The class went very smoothly. The learners generally seemed at ease and comfortable. There were no moments of discomfort or extreme awkwardness which was good since this was my first unsupervised class. I was most concerned about creating a comfortable and safe learning space and I was very successful at doing that. There was plenty of praise and engagement between learners and the learners and teachers. As a teacher I definitely learned a great deal about order of operations in executing an activity and as soon as I changed up the way that we did the activity I saw instant improvement in speaking confidence, accurate production, and for the learners, it made receiving praise much more rewarding. There was one learner who struggled a bit and was working at a slower pace than the rest. Managing how to keep the learners all engaged at all times while not making the slower student feel overly pressured was a bit of a challenge. However, because there was a safe learning environment with plenty of praise and confidence, the overall class didn’t suffer in the least and there were smiles all around.

    #1352
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Date of Class: 3/3/14
    Day of Class:Monday
    MC:Mary Louise
    DJ:David
    Assistants: Matthew, Nancy
    Module:
    How Many Learners: 11
    Score:
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Eleven students, including 4 new. Activities included role play, dictation, real-life materials.

    #1366
    KasPermissionary
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 03/06/2014
    Day of Class: Wednesday
    MC: Joshua
    DJ: Rodolfo
    Assistants:
    Module: Address & Maps
    How Many Learners: 8
    Score: 7+5+5+5+4+5=31
    What happened:
    Most learners arrived about 5 minutes late, and there was a little struggle to get the ball rolling with the alphabet point. We kept doing it until we finally had the group focused and fully participating. After we warmed up the class had a nice flow. There was enough laughter and lightheartedness that there was a positive learning environment that was sustained. I was very pleased to see so much helping going on between learners. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to help learners who are a little less advanced to keep up without making them feel pressured to perform at the expense of learning while also keeping the other students who have better language skills engaged in the learning process. In other words, I want all learners at all times to be learning and to milk every minute in the class room.

    #1382
    Mary Louise W
    Participant

    Date of Class: 03/1o/2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    MC: ML
    DJ:
    Assistants: Nancy and Matt
    Module: Shopping
    How Many Learners: 6
    Score: 37
    What happened: Only 6 learners today, but fairly engaged and all at a level where they could really help each other, to great benefit. After the alphabet, we did a prices listen and point as well, which proved challenging. Most of class focused on what different stores there are, and what you can buy at each one using vocab dictation, dialogue and a “matching game” with images. We ended a couple minutes early which is not ideal but it was a natural stopping point. Most impressive was the way the more intimate group of learners all helped each other continuously and easily.

    #1393
    KasPermissionary
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 03/12/2014
    Day of Class: Wednesday
    MC: Joshua
    DJ:
    Assistants: Ben, Quinton
    Module: Maps & Location
    How Many Learners: 12
    Score: 5+5+6+6+5+3 = 30
    What happened:
    This class was probably the most engaging that I’ve taught thus far. It was great to have such a diverse group of learners. It required a lot more out of me as a teacher and I found that it expanded my capacity to teach as a result -especially with my DJ out sick. The class was intense, but very positive. We focused a great deal on pronunciation of some really hard sounds associated with numbers and ordinals. We also did a “I’m lost and need directions” game with a map on the floor. One new learner. Lots of laughter. New activities. It was a really great class. I was a little overwhelmed at times, but not too much. Unfortunately the lateness of some learners combined with a large class and trying to make sure that everyone’s needs were met led to some disorganization on my part. Next time I will have to manage things a bit differently.

    #1402
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Date of Class:3/17
    Day of Class:Monday
    MC:Brooke
    DJ:
    Assistants:Benjamin
    Module:Shopping
    How Many Learners:16!
    Score:
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Well, it was quite the class with 16 people, very mixed levels, and probably 5 or 6 different language groups.. geesh! I was pretty flustered/overwhelmed at first and am soooo thankful I had Benjamin there who already just kinda knew what to do. The fact that I couldn’t find (or it wasn’t brought to me) the box with alphabet sheets and loyalty cards in it, coupled with so.many. people trickling in for 15 minutes, made for a rocky start. But, that’s one reason we have the alphabet warm up activity! Once I got into a groove, it went as smooth as it probably could have gone given the circumstances. There was a group of folks at one end of the table who were very talkative throughout- I believe they were just trying to help each other so I didn’t want to make them feel bad for doing that- there were 2 men in particular who were at very very low level so I didn’tt want to separate them from their language group where I knew they were getting help (from MG). Anyways, I had a plan lined out and pretty much didn’t stick to it ;) We did name spell which was probably the most challenging for me as many of the names were really hard to pronounce, and I hadn’t heard most of them before. But overall, went fine. We pretty much did dictation/dialogues all class because just 1 short dialogue even took quite a long time mainly due to the varying levels. I could see that they really needed (and wanted) the writing and speaking practice so rather than working with the documents i had for an activity or 2, we pretty much did 3 little short dialogues, asking about how much something costs. I saw that some of them had that in their notebooks from last time, yet they clearly still needed much practice with it so I think it was a good plan. I think. They LOVEd choral practice of the dialogues, as well as getting the chance to practice with the person next to them. Towards the end, things got even more crazy with like 4 kiddos running around yelling and chasing each other while their mamas just focused on their papers. Amazing stuff. we ended with some TPR which was also totally rad.. they love it!

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