Rockwood Library – Summer 2014

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  • #3645
    Colin Fjeld
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 8/4/2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 6-7:30PM
    MC: Joshua C.
    DJ: Colin F.
    Assistants: Ashley and Elizabeth
    Module: Deck of Professions
    How Many Learners: 8

    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) = 5
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 5
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 6
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 6

    Total Score: 33

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): We had 8 learners and 4 from PPT; a great ratio! We focused on the “Deck of Professions” for the whole class time. Together we named the Nurse, the Car Salesman and a few others. Joshua had a Q and A dialogue planned where we made up some of the characteristics of each profession, for example – Nurse Rosa is 90 years old and has 3 children :) The class was very fun, great mix of learning levels and we enjoyed having Elizabeth for the first time!

    #3656
    David Rutiezer
    Spectator

    Date of Class: August 6, 2014
    Day of Class:Wednesday
    Time of Class:12 noon – 2 pm
    MC:David
    DJ:Quinton
    Assistants:Blake & Stephanie
    Module:English for Getting Around
    How Many Learners:12

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) =7
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) =7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) =7
    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) =5

    Total Score:38

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    We had Stephanie & Blake today for the first time. I found myself somewhat frazzled at first, actually, trying to explain to them how they could help with attendance, attendance cards and getting more chairs. I’ve also noticed a few times, both last week and this week, that during writing, Quinton erased one or more letters for lower-level learners, and this seems not only not helpful but only confuses the learner more. When I stopped him today from doing that, I’m not sure that he got why, and I didn’t get to explain later. I’m glad for his help, and I hope we can talk about it, but at the time, Stephanie & Blake were still here, so it didn’t seem like the right time. So I let him go and agreed to do the report myself this time. Meanwhile, we did have a few activities that engaged learners and facilitated a kind of social atmosphere. Saying our names today seemed to take forever, so right after I added something totally unprepared: luckily, I had brought my tennis ball “just in case”, so I had everyone get up, and away from the tables where we’d been writing, and
    throw the ball at each other, at first saying only our own names when we had the ball, and trying to go as quickly as we could, and then changed it to saying the name of the person we threw the ball to! Boy did that work to get people moving and out of our heads and notebooks! And, I totally made it up on the spot, which felt good! Then, I brought some maps, and had lists of street words: road, avenue, lane, boulevard, etc. and we wrote down abbreviations together. Then, we tried finding these abbreviations in small groups, each group using one map of: Portland, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Salem, and Eugene. This seemed engaging, and brought up good questions, even though the map print was so small. Finally, we told and wrote down each other’s stories, in pairs, about how we got here today: I took the MAX to the Rockwood Station. I walked on Stark Street. etc. Also, I would like to work on the bicycle element in the future: I hope to get some bike maps or other maps that are large enough to easily read.

    #3657

    Date of Class: 8/5/14
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6 pm
    MC: Robert G.
    DJ: Ashley
    Assistants: Elizabeth
    Module: With the landlord
    How Many Learners: 6

    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) = 7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) = 4
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) = 6
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) = 9

    Total Score: 39

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific)
    This class was very successful in terms of students really working together and helping each other. Robert put together a great lesson of talking with the landlord and lease agreements. Students seemed to grasp the idea and the vocabulary very well.

    #3671

    Lesson Title: Native People
    Date of Class: 8/8/14
    Day of Class: Friday
    Time of Class: 12:00
    MC: Patrik
    DJ: Ben
    Assistants: 1 Laramy
    Module: Native People
    How Many Learners: 11
    Score:
    Preparation – 3
    Technique – 3
    Engagement – 4
    Connection – 3
    Poise – 4
    Reflection – 4

    Total: 21

    We had 11 students! that was a the biggest class I ever had, the room turned out to be small. but fun as always, 2 new students with a higher lever of English that helped us out to sit them next to the others with a slower level so they worked together. 2 students left early that created an uncomfortable moment for everybody but what can we do?
    I’m glad everybody felt good being at the class.

    #3672
    Brooke Stady
    Spectator

    Date of Class: 8/11/2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 12-2PM
    MC: Patrik
    DJ: Jane
    Assistants: Katie, Maureen
    Module: Nutrition: Fruits, Nuts and Berries
    How Many Learners: 10

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 9
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    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) = 5

    Total Score: 42

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): This class began and ended on time. After Alphabet listen and Point then yell and Spell, we worked with the lesson title, “A Tough nut to Crack”, first dictating then explaining it. A recipe from the Food Heroes calendar was dictated, then maureen Quinn, our special guest from OSU, dictated a short description of her nutrition program. The class ended with everyone participating in the “These Are Almonds” dialog. For this we used several bags of various nuts and seeds supplied by Maureen.

    #3675
    David Rutiezer
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: English for Getting Around: Bicycle
    Date of Class:Aug. 13, 2014
    Day of Class:Wednesday
    Time of Class:12 noon – 2 pm
    MC:Quinton
    DJ:David
    Assistants:none
    Module:English for Getting Around
    How Many Learners:8

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

    total= 37

    These are Quinton’s evaluations of himself; we’ve agreed to talk more later, because I have some observations as well. He told me he was nervous, but all in all, I think he did well. We used a Portland map to find different places: towns, cities, counties, rivers. We did a fun listen and do using things you’d do on a bicycle: put on your helmet, brake, pedal, turn left, turn right, go forward, switch gears, pop-a-wheelie. Finally, Quinton, then I, then some learners told our own bicycle stories and used these as dictations.

    #3676
    KasPermissionary
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: They Charge an Arm & a Leg
    Date of Class: 08/12/2014
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: Evening
    MC: Colin
    DJ: Joshua
    Assistants:
    Module: Deck of Professions
    How Many Learners: 7

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 6
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) =7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) =7
    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) =7

    Total Score: 39

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): We continued to work with the deck of professions. The class was fun and engaging. One particular learner who is typically slower than the others showed improvement in his reading and writing and was able to keep up with the class. That was rewarding to see. There was plenty of engagement and sharing of answers and group support.

    #3677
    David Rutiezer
    Spectator

    Lesson Title:Transportation
    Date of Class:Aug. 15, 2014
    Day of Class:Friday
    Time of Class:12 noon – 2 pm
    MC:David
    DJ:Benjamin
    Assistants:Ramin, Wes
    Module:In the Neighborhood
    How Many Learners:5

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) =7
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) =7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) =7
    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:42

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    Benjamin wasn’t able to come on time due to unforeseen circumstances, so David stepped in. He did a dialogue read with choral response using Little Red Riding Hood. We used this to learn new vocab and work on pronunciation, and individual reading. Then we did a name remembering exercise using ball-throwing and finished with a song: Ticket to Ride.

    #3678
    Robert Grubaugh
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: Lease agreement
    Date of Class: 8/12/2014
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6:00-7:30
    MC: Ashley
    DJ: Robert
    Assistants:
    Module: English for Secure Housing
    How Many Learners: 6

    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) =5
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) =4
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) =5
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) =6

    Total Score: 37

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Fun class! We had a long document search over a lease agreement and made a bingo sheet for all the tough vocabulary terms. This is a great module for this Tuesday class because we’ve been getting a lot of the same learners consistently on Tuesday evenings. this is a pretty dense topic so its nice to be able to have this lease agreement to keep coming back to.

    #3681
    WebMaestrex
    Keymaster

    Lesson Title: In A Nutshell
    Date of Class: 8/18/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 12-2
    MC: Jane
    DJ: Patrik
    Assistants: Forrest
    Module: Fruits, Nuts, Berries
    How Many Learners: 12

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) = 8
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) = 7
    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) = 5

    Total Score: 38

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Jane was learning so much it was blinding! She struggled with connecting with folks as they are coming in, and was feeling a little awkward with that, but we found some places where she could amplify the energy and engagement with the group. We played the Peanut Butter song, and discovered some new techniques like “go!” which signals for people to sing the part she just sang. One learner had a profound moment of spelling his name and everyone cheered. That learner also really liked the song, and said he wanted to look it up on the internet so he could practice it later, and complimented Jane’s playing. It was a class not without it’s bumpy moments, but a fantastic experience of everyone being together and working together.

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    #3683
    Brooke Stady
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: Cool your Jets, Storm off
    Date of Class:8/18/14
    Day of Class:Monday
    Time of Class:6-7:30
    MC:Joshua
    DJ:Colin
    Assistants:Julie
    Module: English for the workplace:Deck of Professions
    How Many Learners:7

    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) =7

    Total Score:37

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Class started on time with the usual warm ups of alphabet listen/point and name yell n spell. Next was a listen/find with the deck of professions that were printed out on big sheets of paper. Learners were mostly at an intermediate level and also have been working with these cards for a while now so most seemed to be at ease with this activity- still great listening practice, and review! Next was a dictation activity introducing the lesson titles of the day which were ‘Cool your jets,’ and ‘storm off’. There was a little discussion about the meaning of these phrases. Then Joshua had picked a card (the cashier) from the deck of professions to work with. First he asked some questions like ‘what’s her name, where does she work, how many customers does she see per day, etc..” and had the learners write the questions along with answers. He then brought in the phrases from the lesson title of the day and created a little dialogue between the cashier and a customer which was then practiced by the learners via a skit. Last was a review of the lesson title from last week via a short dialogue. Overall, great class with laughter and lots of engagement between learners!

    #3685

    Lesson Title: What’s the deal?
    Date of Class: 8/19/14
    Day of Class: Tuesday
    Time of Class: 6 pm
    MC:Robert
    DJ: Ashley
    Assistants: None
    Module: For rent
    How Many Learners: 9

    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) = 5
    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) = 9

    Total Score: 39

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Robert put together a lesson focusing on “what’s the deal” with how one to apply for an apartment. We had our biggest class yet and it was very successful. Students were really engaged with each other and the advanced students really took the time to help out the beginners.

    #3687
    David Rutiezer
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: Bicycle rides
    Date of Class:Aug. 20, 2014
    Day of Class:Wed.
    Time of Class:12 noon – 2 pm
    MC:David
    DJ:none
    Assistants:Mark
    Module:Bicycle rides
    How Many Learners:9

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) =6
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) =7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) =7
    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:41

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific):
    We used diagrammed pictures of bicycles with names of parts for a call and repeat, then used bicycling and motorcycling stories of our own as dictations. We used directional cards (east, west, north, south, etc.) and a tennis ball as a game for directions, and finished with a song, TIcket to Ride.

    #3689
    Quinton Blanton
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: On the Rez
    Date of Class: 08/21/2014
    Day of Class: Friday
    Time of Class: noon- 2:00 pm
    MC: Benjamin
    DJ: Quinton
    Assistants: Jane, Wes, Mark
    Module:
    How Many Learners: 5

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: 5
    Technique: 6
    Engagement: 5
    Connection: 5
    Poise: 6
    Reflection: 8

    Total Score: 41

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

    Today’s class overall went well. I was pleased with the lesson plan and material that we would be teaching. Overall, I think students walked away with a better understanding of Native Americans even if it’s just knowing one of the tribal names. On the other hand, I also found assisting with this class to be more challenging than others becAuse I don’t think the students were ready to write and pronounce some of the more complicated tribal names which made them disinterested after tring too hard to understand. Also, I felt as though having that many teachers was confusing and threw me off at times.

    #3695
    Brooke Stady
    Spectator

    Lesson Title: Happy Birthday
    Date of Class: 8/25/14
    Day of Class: Monday
    Time of Class: 12-2 pm
    MC: Jane
    DJ: Brooke
    Assistants: Wes, Forrest
    Module: Fruits, nuts, berries
    How Many Learners: 11

    Self Evaluation

    Preparation: Forgot to Show Up (1) vs. Every Hair In Place (10) =8
    Technique: Completely Incompetent (1) vs. Flawless Delivery (10) =7
    Engagement: Snoring Loudly (1) vs. Absolutely Riveted (10) =7
    Connection: Open Hostility (1) vs. Kumbayah (10) =8
    Poise: Charlie Brown (1) vs. Prince (10) =7
    Reflection: “It was ok.” (1) vs. Life-changing Epiphany (10) =8

    Total Score:45

    What happened (as short or as long as you like, but be specific): Class started just a couple minutes late, but most learners were right on time! I was very impressed since in my experience, in many classes, several leaners trickle in at least a few minutes late. We started with the alphabet, Jane and Wes took turns calling out letters and made it extra challenging by doing 4 letters in a row towards the end. After about 12-15 minutes, we went onto yell and spell. I was also impressed by the strong choral response of the learners yelling out the names. They are clearly a well trained group :) Next Jane had learners dictate the lesson title of the day and informed the learners that they would be learning (and then singing) the birthday song since it was Wes’s birthday. First there was a dictation, and then everyone sang! Next Jane wanted to see if we could learn the birthday song in other languages. We found that in Russian, they sing the birthday song in our language? Not sure if this was true or if there was just a misunderstanding on part of the Russian speakers when asked if they had a song in their language. But we for sure learned the song in Spanish! One of the learners sang it for us while Jane strummed the guitar. Pretty cool! After this was a dictation of names of nuts and then a short dictation about peanuts and almonds. We then passed around several different types of nuts and played with the “these are almonds” dialogue. Lots of laughter during this activity! We closed with a quick, short version of the peanut butter song and then Jane announced that there wouldn’t be class next Monday. Great group, fun class!

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