Rockwood Library – Winter 2014

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  • #1329
    Mary Louise W
    Participant

    Date of Class: 2/24/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6pm
    MC: Colin
    DJ: ML
    Assistants:
    Module: Money!
    How Many Learners: 7
    Score: 42
    What happened: Coin’s first class! And it was great! With two new learners, great interest and participation as well as a relaxed, fun atmosphere. The coin grab was, as always, very engaging and challenged the students appropriately. Surprising to both Colin and I, the counting by twos and fives around the room was a big hit. . .the students just kept going and going. Lots of writing and speaking practice with money and coin values as well. So many possible activities and alterations to activities, so little time. . .

    #1330
    WebMaestrex
    Keymaster

    Date of Class: 2/24/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 12-2
    MC: Patrik
    DJ:
    Assistants: Stephanie
    Module: Tri-met
    How Many Learners: 3
    Score: 6+4+4+4+6+6=30
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Despite a relatively low score, this was not a bad class. It was nice to see a couple of folks I haven’t seen in a while – two weeks, actually – and nice also – when I first met one of them, she was so shy – now, she really enjoys meeting with the other folks. It’s wonderful! And we had a new person, too. We’ll build this up yet.

    #1334
    Lisa C
    Spectator

    Date of Class: February 25, 2014
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00-7:30PM
    MC: Lisa
    DJ:
    Assistants: David
    Module: Telephone Etiquette
    How Many Learners: 2
    Score: 35
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Class today was small, 2 learners, but it worked out with only David and I being there, so there was one-on-one work. We played 2 rounds of Bingo, both which I won (it wasn’t rigged lol), and did a dialogue on calling in to a school for excusing a child. The flow of the class was good despite the size, we went through all the activities I was prepared for and we ended on time. Lots of laughing involving who was going to win or who was the fastest at finding something. Overall, pretty mellow class but the energy was still there.

    #1341
    WebMaestrex
    Keymaster

    Date of Class: 3/3/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 12-2
    MC: Patrik
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module: Mobile Phones
    How Many Learners: 4
    Score: 8+4+4+4+5+4=30
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Today seemed like it was tough to get going. two regulars there at the beginning, then a familiar face which was nice. Then a new learner, and she was really shy, and I couldn’t get everyone else to help each other.. not quite sure why.. they seemed confused by my urging to work together, and a little frustrated at times. There is a lot of awesome content to work with with cell phones, though, and that’s exciting, and by the end, the new person seemed much more comfortable. Part of it might be that Monday morning, everyone has been speaking their own native language and takes a little bit to warm up. One of the regulars asked if we would end classes in March, and seemed happy that we would continue.

    #1347
    S Bones
    Spectator

    Date of Class: March 4th 2014
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00
    MC: Lisa Cha
    DJ: Sam Bones
    Assistants: Alisa, David
    Module: Emergency preparedness
    How Many Learners: 4 regulars, 7 new
    Score: 52
    We had several new folks today. Lisa brought an emergency kit with her and we went over the Red Cross recommendations for emergencies. Words like “tornado” were fun, since it’s the same in Spanish (everyone was a Spanish-speaker) and “tsunami” was fun also! Everything went smoothly tonight.

    #1353
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Date of Class:2/26/14
    Day of Class:Wednesday
    Time of Class:12-2
    MC:David
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module:?
    How Many Learners: 6
    Score:
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Six students including one new student. Dictation, role play, job role play, listen & do

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    #1354
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Date of Class:2/19/14
    Day of Class:Wednesday
    Time of Class: 12-2
    MC:Sam Bones
    DJ:David
    Assistants: Barbara
    Module: What do you do?
    How Many Learners:3
    Score: 48
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Small group of higher-level learners meant we went through lessons faster, so on the fly we did a simple storytelling activity.

    #1358
    David Rutiezer
    Participant

    March 5, 2014

    MC: Sam Bones
    DJ: David Rutiezer
    Module: In the Neighborhood
    4 learners
    Score: 50

    #1367
    Colin Fjeld
    Spectator

    Date of Class: March 3rd, 2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6:00-7:30 PM
    MC: Colin Fjeld
    DJ: N/A
    Assistants: N/A
    Module: Shopping
    How Many Learners: 15
    Score: 40
    What happened:
    At 6:05 I had about 3 students and I was concerned that we would run through the lesson too quickly, then 5 minutes later 10 more students showed up! I didn’t have any assistants and the large family of Cubans did not seem to know any English at all as they completely shied away during the Name Spell. Also being in the small room that is usually used for “Homework Club” posed an additional challenge as we used every chair in the room. We ran through the usual beginning activities and aside from the shyness it was successful; I would have liked to have given more attention to the Febles family because I didn’t feel they quite understood the Alphabet, but I felt the other students getting restless so I moved on. The “Shopping” module was a great topic to teach and for them to learn. Working with the Albertson’s coupon flyer wasn’t as useful as I’d hoped but it got them thinking about shopping, different products as well as prices. We spent a lot of time writing down sentences that focused on “bought, buys and buy”. And then wrote down some dialogue between a store employee and a shopper that went over well. Because I didn’t have any assistance I had to utilize the white board and have them copy the sentence (but first I had them spell it to me). Practicing the dialogue between themselves went over well and we ended the evening going over words that dealt with “sales” like “how much”, “percent” and “full price”. Overall the class was a success!

    #1378
    David Rutiezer
    Participant

    Date of Class: March 10. 2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6pm- 7:30 pm
    MC:Colin
    DJ:David
    Assistants:Alyson
    Module:Shopping
    How Many Learners:9
    Score:50
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Dictation and role play: Excuse me, how much is the? Learning words like “sale” and “aisle”. A few new students.

    #1381
    WebMaestrex
    Keymaster

    Date of Class: 3/10/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 12-2
    MC: Patrik
    DJ:
    Assistants: Graham
    Module: Mobile Phones
    How Many Learners: 4
    Score: 5+6+6+5+7+6=35
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): The score came out pretty high, but the class was fairly challenging. I gave myself pretty high score on poise because we had a large level range, one learner who really struggles, and another learner (relatively high skill) come in 45 minutes late – he was new, but as an older Russian speaker, I was a little worried that he would be critical, but he seemed interested and likely to come back. Another regular seemed less likely to continue coming. Graham fit right in!

    #1385
    S Bones
    Spectator

    Date of Class: March 11, 2014
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00
    MC: Lisa C.
    DJ: Sambones
    Assistants: David (Jude)
    Module: Emergency preparedness
    How Many Learners: 13
    Score: 43
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    This was Lisa’s 1st silent class. It went well, but she wished that she worked out better hand signals and directives. Except for a few minor stumbles, the class was completely engaged and there was lots of sharing and helpfulness going around between students. And, we had two young brothers that were new and they totally were into the learning. Lisa will have a chance to do a second silent class next week, so this was a good dress rehearsal to iron out the rough spots. .

    #1389
    S Bones
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 03-11-14
    Day of Class: Weds
    Time of Class: 12:00
    MC: David
    DJ: Sam Bones
    Assistants:
    Module: In the Neighborhood
    How Many Learners 7
    Score: 43
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Nice mix of learners today. Most of them were regular attendees, with one new woman brought by a returning student. David had a full plan, and there was lots of dictation. Too much, perhaps, but we discussed many other options to deal with the same material but in a different, more engaging manner. Regardless, our students were total champs today!

    #1401
    WebMaestrex
    Keymaster

    Date of Class: 3/17/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 12-2
    MC: Patrik
    DJ: Jacob
    Assistants: Graham
    Module: Mobile Phones
    How Many Learners: 8
    Score: 3+4+6+7+6+7 = 33
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Very interesting day! I was very poorly planned, and spent the first 20 minutes or so finding the mobile phone sheets. But we had some old friends come by, including Jacob who hung out with us. I did push a little further on some stuff, by asking the group to describe their phone, and that was challenging and appropriate for this slightly more advanced group. At the end of the class, we had three new Russian speakers, and the gentleman spoke some Spanish, it was crazy.. I did something I’ve never done, which was have them sit at the sidelines and watch. There just would have been no way to involve them. A memorable class!

    #1403
    Colin Fjeld
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 3/17/2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: Evening
    MC: David R.
    DJ: Colin F.
    Assistants: Jacob
    Module: Shopping
    How Many Learners: 9
    Score: 47
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): “Shopping” continues to be a fun and useful module. Students practiced a dialogue and practiced conversing back and forth. We worked on a fun word-scramble that implemented words from last weeks’ “shopping-list” activity. We ended the night singing “How much is that doggie in the window”.

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