I was very happy last Wednesday because I finally got to sit in on my AT's OSSLT Literacy Course (OLC4O). This course is offered to students who have failed the OSSLT the first time and is meant to help students acquire and demonstrate provincial literary requirements for graduation. Reading a variety of texts, producing various forms of writing, and maintaining a portfolio containing a record of their reading experiences is some expectations for this course.
This class is very different compared to other courses because it strictly focuses on improving reading and writing skills. My AT starts all her classes by allowing the students to read a book for 15 minutes (that's it, that's all) and then they need to write a brief summary of what they read. I learned that my AT asks for these journal entries at random times. When I asked why, she told me she does this to make sure that students actually do their reading reflections every class and not write them all at once, then hand it in. I thought this was a great strategy for making sure work gets done.
My AT then introduced the class to an "Osso Buko" recipe from a cook book called the "4 Hour Chef" by Tim Ferriss. She introduced the author of the book, his background, and the "Osso Buko" recipe, a recipe most of us have never heard of before. She then went over the first page of the recipe introduction and gave students a handout that included direct and indirect questions. Students were given time to answer the questions for the remainder of the class. I had the opportunity to walk around and help students. It was really interesting to see the various reading and writing levels in that class. Regardless, I was more than happy to help (and learned about a new recipe I can now try at home)!
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