Lesson Topic :- Describing Products to Each Other
Year Group :- Year 11
To be able to describe a product / object to each other verbally.
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.
|We have started talking about design work as a whole class and doing describing exercises all together.|
Sets of cards with images on them ( enough sets for 1 between 2 )
Link to drive folder - these have been printed out to use in the lesson.
Emoji card game - for the warm up.
We will continue to do whole class describing of products / things at the start of each lesson.
Further in this project
Describing skills will be used both in their research of existing chair designs and of their own design work.
Reflection and Analysis
What went well.
Lesson Content :- doing the warm up at the start was good as it got the students interested and they were all joining in.
Lesson Pacing :- I allowed them to take as much time as they wanted for the game, and this ended up being about 15 minutes which was good. They stayed on task for the whole activity so this amount of time was just right.
Lesson Delivery :- Although the start of the lesson had the students around the front table for a while, it was a more interactive session as we did the warm up card game all together. I managed to keep my session instructions super short this time so the students could then get on with the activity in pairs. This enabled me to get round the class as they were working and work with the pairs rather than spend too much time with the whole class.
Student Understanding :- They worked well together and helped each other. This helped their understanding and taking turns helped with this too. They seemed to get more comfortable with the describing as the game went on.
Student Outcomes :- I was pleased with the amount of fun they had while doing this activity.
What still needs work.
Lesson Content :- I photocopied / printed the images onto paper so we had to hide the game cards under a sheet of paper so the students could not see what they were as they were a little see through. Card would have been better as you would not have been able to see what they were from the back.
Student Outcomes :- Only 6 students were there today due to various trips out today so the rest of the class missed this.
It became apparent as they were working that they realised that when they explained how the object was used, it made it a lot clearer what the object was. One team especially was avoiding explaining how the thing could be used as it gave their opponent more chance to guess what it was.
I hope they remember this as they are describing their own designs. Explaining how their design is used or how parts of it work will really help with the understanding of what their design is.
This is some of the ongoing lesson during the describe game.
I have included the full 15 minutes of the game for each team here. I decided to do this as their conversations for the whole time were focussed on the task and they were working hard at the describing that they had to do. These videos also show that they were having fun while doing the activity. Please scrub through to see different sections throughout the videos.