CALS 001&183 Lab 1 notes Sunday 28 August, 2016

For first labs, Mon. Aug. 31 - Fri. Sept 4

-Please send your phone number to Dr. L if you have already done so.

-Know Dr. Leonard's contact information: 208D Morrill, 656-2979 (Office), 434-3787 (home), iPhone: 802-598-6105

-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 and Lab Roles for the semester: generally 10 speakers max per lab. 

  Post on web and send link to Dr. L.  See example from last fall:

   L01 Monday Morning 8:30-10:30 Marsh112 (TAs: Erika Quackenbush, Chris Vecchio, Celine Marcotte) Speakers' Schedule & Lab Roles schedule
   I would use Word to make the schedule and save as a pdf.  Then save file on google docs, but be sure the file permission settings are set so everyone can see it, but only you can edit it.  When ever you make changes to the schedule, save it as THE SAME FILE NAME, AND OVER WRITE THE OLD VERSION.

-Make an Attendance sheet


Bring to lab:

Attendance sheet (Roster with pix)

Name tent materials: cards, pens

Lab 1 Introduction outline handouts
Questions guidelines for introducing partners

Dramatic reading grading sheets

Lab Roles sheets

Clipboard & paper



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, and collect them at the end of lab.


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 Critique 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!


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.  

STRESS: Attendance Policy from Syllabus: If a student is sick or can not go to lab, Dr. L and the TAs need to hear from you BEFORE LAB otherwise a ZERO, and we need to hear from the DEANS Office that the excuse was legitimate before we can reschedule you.


Week of Sept 5-9: no labs or lectures (Labor Day holiday). 


Week after next lab meeting: (Sept 12-16) begins Dramatic Readings.  Read out loud to your students the Dramatic Reading Schedule (who will be delivering their dramatic reading) - see on Syllabus "Speech date and lab roles" link.

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 next week (~10-11 students per lab) to remind them to be prepared.

-Update the Speaking Schedule and Lab Roles for the semester: 10 speakers max per lab.  Post on web and send link to Dr. L, or send Dr. L the HTML file.


NO NEED for us to meet Thurs Sept 1.  Our next meeting is Thursday (September 8) 2:50-3:40pm in ***L/L COMMONS 315****:

-Work with Flip Cameras and your laptop computers.  Bring your laptops and 2Gig+ flash drives!
ALTERNATIVE MEETING TIMES: MONDAYS 11-12,  FRIDAYS 2:30-3:30PM - Please let Dr. L know if you will be going to one of these alternative meeting times.  Thanks!