Thursday, November 22, 2018

Manaiakalani Class OnAir Lesson 13 - Gears

Link to Manaiakalani Class OnAir to see the whole team.

Direct Instruction

We have a set of gears that have been made on the 3D printer so the introduction was about showing them the pieces we have and how to connect them together. There is also a worksheet to refer to for more understanding.

Class Site Content

This is activity 2 on the site.
Learner Generated Content

First Activity
To start with, they had to connect the gears together and see the motion that was created.

Second Activity
The students had to get the movement being transferred from one side of the board to the other.

Third Activity
The challenge was to get the motion transferring from one side of the table to the other, using multiple boards and working as a team.


Friday, November 16, 2018

Trying Blogging with Jumpstart

In my senior Design and Visual Communication classes for the last few years we have been using Google sites as the place to put all of the project work as online design portfolios. Example here.
This year, during JumpStart, I thought that I would experiment with them using their blogs instead.
I am getting them to blog the tasks separately with a label on it that is the standard number. In this way all the work for the standard can be found all together by clicking the label.

Student 1Link
Student 2Link
Student 3Link
Student 4Link
Student 5Link

We have just made a start on this so I will make a judgement about how it goes compared to using sites at the end of the project.

Learning Geometric Drawing through Pattern Making

My intermediate classes have been learning how to draw geometric shapes using drawing equipment lately. The equipment we have been using is rulers and compasses to draw circles, triangles, hexagons and isometric cubes.
To make this more fun, we have been doing this learning as pattern making.

To start with, we practiced some circles and when we were feeling more confident we started putting 7 circles together. From these 7 circles you can colour a flower or add some extra straight lines to make stars or flowers.
The link to the instruction on the class site for this is here.

Then we used our compass skills to draw equilateral triangles and hexagons. Link to class site instructions

All the time while doing this we were talking about the new vocabulary we were coming across and finding examples of it to explain and clarify it further. Blog post here.

Then we moved onto using isometric grid paper to make templates for our coloured cubes.

This template was used to draw around on 3 different colours of sugar paper that they then assembled to create a stacked cube illusion.
This is the link to the folder with their work in it. 

Their flowers, stars and cubes are all decorating my classroom wall and they look great.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Bursts and Bubbles 2018

Today all of the Manaiakalani CoL teachers got together to present the findings of their year long inquiries in a "Bursts and Bubbles" session.

Check out the blog links on all of these slides to see how the CoL teachers have conducted their inquiries and results that they have had.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Inquiry Group - Number Crunching

My inquiry group this year been my Year 11 NCEA Level 1 Design and Visual Communication class.  I have already done an overall analysis of their results this year, link to blog post here, so I thought that I would do an analysis of the level of excellence grades. I think this will show if my work on literacy with them this year has had any effect as it is the level of analysis writing that gets them the higher grades.

This table shows the percentage of excellence grades achieved for each standard for this year and the previous 5 years.  I decided to show percentage as the comparison as I get a widely different number of students every year and this year was the largest class that I have had in a long while (13 students).


This next table shows the total entries for all the students for all the DVC standards against the number of excellence grades achieved.. This year has the most entries (50) as there was the most students. There was still the same number of standards.

Total Entries503034253238

The achievement challenge that I have been focussing on this year has been achievement challenge number 1 :-

Raise Māori student achievement through the development of cultural visibility and responsive practices across the pathway as measured against National Standards and agreed targets for reading Years 1-10 and NCEA years 11-13.

Because of this, I have broken down the achievement of the Māori students in the class.

Maori 2018151515
4 students8 (E)3 (M)4 (A)
4 standards -153%20%27%

I am very pleased with the increase in achievement the students have shown and their willingness to go through the process with me this year. They knew I was focussing on literacy with them and why I was doing it.
The breakdown of my inquiry at the start of the process has helped greatly as it gave me a structure to work to and a target to aim at.
The section where I broke down what I needed to learn as the teacher has been a huge learning curve for me this year but I feel it has given me something that I can continue working on.
This whole process for me this year has really highlighted the benefit of using the skills of colleagues round you to great effect.
Thank you to :-

Link to all the literacy labelled posts here.

I can do the happy dance now ....

PS ... don't ask me about the Year 12 and year 13 results as that is a whole other story, but I have proved to myself that it works now so I have something to build on and use.