CALS 001&183 Lab 1 notes Sunday 29 August, 2010

For first lab, Mon. Aug. 30 - Fri. Sept. 3


-Know Dr. Leonard's contact information: 208H Morrill, 656-2979 (Office), 434-3787 (home), Cell:

-Know the CALS 001 or 183 Syllabus page link:

-Know how to get to the Lab Outlines:

-Check out your classroom before your lab! Use to see when classroom is free.

-Figure out a time every week where you and your lab partner can get together to plan and grade assignments.

-Get list of your students and lab materials (name tents pens, handouts) from Dr. L

-Put together Speaking Schedule for the semester: generally 8-9 speakers max per lab (CALS 001: week of Sept 13-17 only five dramatic readings because of Library Visit). 

  Post on web and send link to Dr. L, or send Dr. L the HTML file.  See examples from last year:

-Put together Lab Roles Schedule for the semester.  Post on web and send link to Dr. L, or send the HTML file to Dr. L.

-Make an Attendance sheet


Bring to lab:

Attendance sheet

Name tent materials: cards, pens

Lab 1 Introduction outline handouts

Dramatic reading grading sheets

Lab Roles sheets

Clipboard & paper

CALS 001 Labs: Bring Library Workbooks to lab


Remember: You are role models for your students!  You will be grading your students!


Write your name & contact information (email & phone) on the board.  Tell students to write it down.


Have students make NAME TENTS


MAIN LAB EXERCISE:  Students Introduce each other (3-5 minutes each) TAs should demonstrate by introducing each other. 

Pass out the Introduction outline handout.  Have students spend at least half an hour to talk to each other and take notes on:


            Where grew up

            What was the culture like where you grew up?

            Why came to UVM


            Favorite Books (what books read over summer?)

            Favorite Movies

            Sources of where you get your news of current events

            Most interesting place visited

            Other interests: Sports, Outdoors, Music, Travel

            Future plans


Introduction should take 3-5 minutes.  TIME THEM.  If someone stops early, say “Your introduction of XXXX lasted only X minutes, it should have been at least 3 minutes.”


Pass out and Go over:


Lab Roles-starting with Dramatic Reading

Dramatic Reading sheet (Be ready week after next!!!), pass out one sheet per student

Speaking Neutral Stance Posture: stand tall and upright, feet shoulder width apart, arms hanging naturally by your sides

            Single most important thing: Practice in front of others & get feedback <--This is required for our class!

            CALS 001 students get Library Workbook


Remind students to post on BlackBoard: (groups are being set up)


Make sure students write down your contact info: phone numbers, email address.

STRESS: It is important to arrive to lab a few minutes early so you are in your seat and ready to participate when lab begins.


Next week: no lectures or labs (Labor Day holiday). 


Week after next lab meeting: (Sept 13-17) begins Dramatic Readings, and visit to the UVM Library for CALS 001 Students.  Tell student you will post the Dramatic Reading Schedule on Syllabus "Speech date and lab roles" link on syllabus.


Collect Name Tents.


AFTER LAB:           -Record Attendance.   

-Use Grading Templates:

-Add your students’ names to the grading template!  Record who was absent, and the date.

-Email your students who will be giving a dramatic reading the week of Sept 13-17 (~four students per lab) to remind them to be prepared.

-Update the Speaking Schedule for the semester: 8-9 speakers max per lab.  Post on web and send link to Dr. L, or send Dr. L the HTML file.  See examples from last year:

-Let Dr. L know if students can't log into Blackboard, or if they are in the wrong lab discussion section.


Preview of Next Thursday’s (September 2) meeting 5:30pm Morrill 10:

-Work with Flip Cameras and your laptop computers.  Bring your laptops and 2Gig+ thumb-drive flash memory sticks!