Lesson Topic :- Collecting written information about chosen architect
Year Group :- Year 11
To be able to collect information about their chosen architect and their work from an internet search.
Links with the New Zealand Curriculum
NCEA Level 1 - Curriculum Level 6
Outcome development and evaluation
Critically analyse their own and others’ outcomes to inform the development of ideas for feasible outcomes. Undertake ongoing experimentation and functional modelling, taking account of stakeholder feedback and trialling in the physical and social environments. Use the information gained to select, justify, and develop a final outcome. Evaluate this outcome’s fitness for purpose against the brief and justify the evaluation, using feedback from stakeholders.
The students know which architect they are designing a poster for. They have collected images of their work and have analysed the design elements used in those designs. They have designed layouts for their posters using placeholder text.
They are now ready to use the real information about their architect on the final poster design.
Computer room (T2)
Teacher to make a shared MyMap to share with the whole class.
Example MyMap to show class what they are to do with the architect information.
Complete the information collection onto the map.
Further in this project
Use this information in the analysis process so they have the written work ready for their poster designs.
Reflection and Analysis
What went well.
Lesson Content :- The work on the Google MyMap went well. The students enjoyed doing this as it was a new way to present work.
Lesson Pacing :- This content was over 2-3 sessions so the students were able to get into the content without rushing.
Lesson Delivery :- Having everyone work on the same map to start with was effective as they were supporting each other and were really interested in what each other was putting on the map. Some of them even branched out into putting more “interesting’ places on the shared map - like the Fukushima nuclear plant, which gave them all a laugh about the activity.
The actual architect map that they then went on to make went well, and they shared out the work between them.
Student Understanding :- It was interesting to watch how fascinated the students were to see where in the world the buildings were, instead of just reading about them.
Student Outcomes :- Most teams have created a good map full of information. The maps show how widely spread the work of the architects is.
What still needs work.
Lesson Content :- I should have pre-structured the groups before the activity, as there was a lot of shuffling about around the makeup of the groups.
Lesson Pacing :- I need to give time limits for individual tasks so that they don’t drag out and affect the timing of the next thing to do. This is especially true when I am planning on a few activities within a set of lessons.
Lesson Delivery :- I think I probably spoke a little too long at the start again. I never seem to hit a happy medium here. I don’t know whether to tell them everything all in one chunk or to keep getting them back round the front for smaller chunks. Getting them round the front is a bit of a mission sometimes though and it disrupts their work flow.
Student Understanding :- Working in teams has been good but I do worry that a couple of the students were just “riding” along, so their understanding might have suffered along the way.
Student Outcomes :- Not all students completed everything in the time given.
Finding a more interesting way to present the information that they have to find worked well. This can be quite a dry part of the project for them so I am keen to try anything that will get them into it.
Link to Completed Gaudi Map made by Tyli and Chelsea