Rockwood Library – Spring 2014

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  • #2230
    Robert Grubaugh
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 4/22/2014
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00-7:00
    MC: Patrik
    DJ: Robert
    Assistants: Randy, Kalen
    Module: Talking With The Boss
    How Many Learners: 6
    Score: 36
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): The class was fun and it was my first time working with Arabic learners which was interesting. I think having Patrik there to MC was beneficial for Randy, Kalen, and myself because his lesson plan was simple and effective and he explained all of the curriculum to Randy and Kalen more thoroughly than I could have.

    #2233
    David Rutiezer
    Participant

    Date of Class: April 23, 2014
    Day of Class:Wed.
    Time of Class:12 noon – 2pm
    MC:David
    DJ:Cassandra
    Assistants:
    Module:At the Bank
    How Many Learners:4
    Score:7+7+7+7+6+10=44
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Four learners, one of them new. Clock broken, so I lost track of time until Cassandra told me it was 2:10! I will have to make sure, if this happens again, to tell any assistants in advance that they’ll have to remind me of that, and to please tell me when we have, let’s say, 10 minutes of class left. I did a dictation with dollar and cent amounts. We worked on how to write these amounts, and also how to say them aloud. Also, how to say, and write the numbers and words for large numbers, difference between hundred, thousand, million, and billion. We did a dictation and role play about being in the checkout line at the grocery store, using fake money and an insert from Albertson’s. We did a coin grab with a big pile of coins: “How much is 79 cents?”, and then used a bank deposit slip to practice making a deposit.

    #2349
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Date of Class:4/28/14
    Day of Class:Monday
    Time of Class:12-2
    MC:Brooke
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module:In the Kitchen
    How Many Learners:7
    Score: 40
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Fun class! I wasn’t sure what to expect regarding the levels of learners in this group. Based on the previous reports I read, it seemed like the same couple students have been coming to class, and their levels were on the higher end. Today was very multi-level and 2 new people came! We had fun with learning kitchen vocabulary with a bunch of items I brought in. We practiced a lot of pronunciation with those, focusing a lot on ‘This vs. These’. We then did a document search with a recipe, followed by some analytical questions with dictation (How much salt do we need, How many cups of…, etc..). This was definitely challenging for some, but great practice. We then learned verbs associated with being in the kitchen and practiced with TPR to end the class.

    #2355

    Date of Class: April 28th, 2014
    Day of Class: Monday: Monday
    Time of Class: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
    MC: Colin F.
    DJ: Ben C.
    Assistants: n/a
    Module: What do you do
    How Many Learners: 9
    Score: 8+6+7+7+7+8= 43
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    We started a little litle late. I started doing the alphabet sheet and spend around 10 min practicing the aphabet, I was slowing down and then speeding up. This class was fun also I was helping a student who needs more atention with his writing and the pronunciation. We learn vocaulary refering to job carreers and talked about what do they do. The students are very smart and they seem to like each other. That creates a good conection for the class, we need to make this conection to keep growin up.

    #2360
    Robert Grubaugh
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 4/30/2014
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00- 7:30
    MC: Jane
    DJ: Robert
    Assistants: Kalen, Cassandra
    Module: Talking With the Boss
    How Many Learners: 7
    Score: 40
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Jane’s first class! It went pretty well overall and was really fun. Jane did great and handled her lesson plan nicely.

    #2370
    David Rutiezer
    Participant

    Date of Class:April 30, 2014
    Day of Class:Wednesday
    Time of Class:12 noon – 2 pm
    MC:David
    DJ:Cassandra
    Assistants:none
    Module:Talking with the Boss
    How Many Learners:6
    Score:4+8+7+7+8+10=44
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): I was supposed to be watching Patrik today, but he wasn’t here, and I didn’t contact him or Cassandra yesterday to check in, thus my lowered score in Preparation. I completely winged it, and I would consider this a REAL unplanned class for me! Cassandra, as always, was so helpful. I did manage to look at the exercises Brooke sent, and I made up several exercises on the fly using the templates Brooke suggested. For example, I had them write down several different prices: $6, $75.15, $115, $150, and had them write: This costs___. It costs what? (repeat price). That’s a bargain. or That’s a rip off. Then, I had them listen and do with job verbs, such as clean, write, type, read, fly a plane, drive, answer phones. I had them write the verbs, then stand up and practice asking each other: Can you drive? Yes, I can. and No, I can’t. Then we tried invitations. I dictated and had them write:Can you go with me to the ___ on ___? Yes, I can. and No, I can’t. I have to ____. I had them write several things they could invite someone to, or be invited to: the beach, the movie, the park, the party, the dance, all seven days of the week, and several reasons why someone might not be able to accept the invitation: clean, work, babysit, etc. Then we did a role play. Finally, I had them do another dictation and dialogue: I used to work in a hotel. Now, I work at a school. Next year, I’ll work in a college. I modeled, and I had Cassandra model this, and then I had the students talk using this template. This wound up being very conversational! We learned about what each person has done, does now, and hopes to do! It was really nice, and there was much laughter and learning about each other. Patrik is absolutely right about not preparing, though it sounded crazy at the time: now, I really do feel more confident!

    #2482
    WebMaestrex
    Keymaster

    Date of Class: 5/5/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 12-2
    MC: Patrik
    DJ:
    Assistants:
    Module: In the Kitchen
    How Many Learners: 5
    Score: 3+5+6+6+6+5=31
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): a nice class, except for the fact that my back was hurting a lot. It was nice to do In the Kitchen with this group.. they are relatively higher level, so we can go a little further, but still “This is an Apple” activity was great and fun, as usual. Works like a charm. Because it was Cinco de Mayo, We did some language experience activities, and a little story dictation around that. Then, we had one of the learners tell us the recipe for her salsa – Salsa Entomatada!

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    #2511
    Colin Fjeld
    Spectator

    Date of Class: May 5th, 2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30pm
    MC: Ben C.
    DJ: Colin F.
    Assistants: n/a
    Module: What do you do?
    How Many Learners: 6
    Score: 6+7+8+8+7+8
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Tonight was Ben’s first time teaching completely on his own! We continued to teach about occupations and learn the names of various jobs and professions. Although the class was small we had a nice range of learners and had a great time.

    #2512
    Robert Grubaugh
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 5/6/2014
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30
    MC: Robert
    DJ:
    Assistants: Cassandra
    Module: Mr. Fix It
    How Many Learners: 4
    Score: 41
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Today’s class went really smooth with a small class. We were able to do a lot of fun activities like zelpuz, fill in the blanks, and add recognition plus all the regular activities.

    #2544
    David Rutiezer
    Participant

    Date of Class:May 7, 2014
    Day of Class:Wednesday
    Time of Class:12 noon-2pm
    MC:Patrik
    DJ:David
    Assistants:Cassandra
    Module:What Do You Do?
    How Many Learners:8
    Score:4+6+7+8+7+8=40
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    David observed Patrik today. We did a lot of writing, and role plays around the room: Are you working right now? Are you looking for work? Did you work yesterday? Are you working tomorrow? Patrik dictated some sentences from his own life: I work in a call center. Then, he had me and Cassandra do the same: I sing three times a month. I work Fridays 9 to 6. etc. We had one new learner today. This is the most students I’ve seen Wed. at noon in quite some time.

    #2810
    WebMaestrex
    Keymaster

    Date of Class: 5/12/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 12-2
    MC: Lisa
    DJ: Patrik
    Assistants:
    Module: In The Kitchen
    How Many Learners: 10
    Score: 8+4+5+6+4+10 = 37
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Wow, a great class, and a lot of people.. Folks were happy, they were having a good time, Lisa was working them with kitchen related vocabulary. 10 people is one of the largest classes we’ve had in the daytime for a long time! This was an observation for Lisa to complete her requirements for her TESL Certificate.

    #2829
    Colin Fjeld
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 5/12/2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30 PM
    MC: Colin
    DJ: n/a
    Assistants: n/a
    Module: What do you do?
    How Many Learners: 5
    Score: 8+7+8+7+7+8 = 45
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Not as many learners in this class. Only Pascasio when the 6:15 mark hit, but by 6:30 there were 5. I continued to teach about 16 occupations, but this time added their place of work. We went from learning “This is a Doctor.” to “This is a Doctor, he works in a Hospital.” for all 16 occupations. I discovered a Word Scramble Generator on Google and have used it a couple times, which they really enjoy. All in all a good class.

    #2859
    Robert Grubaugh
    Spectator

    1Date of Class: 5/13/2014
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00-7:30
    MC: Robert
    DJ:
    Assistants: Cassandra, Randy
    Module: Mr. Fix It
    How Many Learners: 6
    Score: 44
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Todays class was pretty smooth. All of the learners came around ten minutes late, I guess the nice weather kept everyone outside! I’m getting used to the rhythm of all the activities which is nice and I’m writing my lesson plans more clearly which makes everything a lot easier.

    #2907
    David Rutiezer
    Participant

    Date of Class: May 14, 2014
    Day of Class: Wed.
    Time of Class: 12 noon- 2pm
    MC:David
    DJ:
    Assistants:Cassandra
    Module:Talking with the Boss
    How Many Learners:10
    Score:7+7+6+7+7+10= 44
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): We had a big, enthusiastic class. I tried a dictation emphasizing the different between can, do, did, would, should, could, will, and have. I had them use positive and negative in a game-like role playing activity that helped them learn how to ask and answer, for example: Did you go to the store? Yes, I did. Could you go to the store? No, I couldn’t. This seemed a bit repetitive after a while, especially for some higher-skilled learners, and I wasn’t sure how helpful it was, or if another way would be more effective for teaching this. Still, it was something new. Then, I dictated and had them role play using various outlandish statements: Can you fly to the moon? Can you climb Mt. Everest? etc. and had them practice responses: Yes, I can. No, you can’t, as quickly as possible. Finally, I had us all do the song Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better using the video clip from Annie Get Your Gun, and then imitating it.

    #2925
    Brooke Stady
    Keymaster

    Date of Class:
May 20, 2014
    Day of Class:
Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
    MC:Robert Grubaugh
    DJ:Jane McIver
    Assistants:Randy Richardson
    Module:Mr.Fix It
    How Many Learners:7
    Score:40
    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Robert paced the class well, lengthening or shortening activities, and substituted shorter words in the vocabulary section due to the low level of the majority of the learners. He varied the activities, using vocabulary puzzles and a map of the Rockwood area, which seemed to greatly benefit the learners, who asked each other “Where is the nearest …” questions.

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