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The students were shown the examples and templates that were available to them on the class Google Plus Community.
We reflected on the back up work we have done for this activity and an explanation of the example is given so the students understand what they are being shown and how to use it.
This video shows some of the ongoing lesson.
Class Site Content
This is the write up example broken into the three paragraphs and coloured to match the poster on the back wall of the classroom.
Learner Generated Content
Lesson Topic :- Using Literacy Strategies for Design Analysis
Year Group :- Year 11
To be able to use the literacy strategies that we have been working on recently to write a meaningful design analysis.
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 done the following over a series of lessons to prepare for this activity :-
Analyse further design work in the same project.
Further in this project
Use the same structure to analyse the effectiveness of their final design.
Reflection and Analysis
What went well.
Lesson Content :- Having spent quite a few lessons preparing for this and slowly building the skills, the students were able to progress quite well with this activity and understood what I wanted them to do.
Lesson Delivery :- My confidence in delivering this was higher than I anticipated due to the slow build of the skills and the support that I have had from the literacy specialists in the school and from visiting other schools.
Breaking down literacy strategies - blog post
Explanation writing - blog post
Student Understanding :- they did really well with the work and I was able to support them while they were writing and we both knew what we were aiming for.
Student Outcomes :- when you compare their writing from this activity to the baseline writing task that we did in March, there has been a very pleasing improvement.
What still needs work.
Lesson Pacing :- It took two double periods for the analysis of one design development, so this was quite along time for three paragraphs, but I am hoping that this will improve the more we do this and they get used to it.
Student Understanding :- There was a wide range in the support that I had to give during this whole process from a couple of suggestions to co-constructing sentences together with the students. This generally reflects the abilities of this class as a whole whenever we are working on anything.
I found it a great help to have the support for me as a teacher from the colleagues that I have been working with and it gave me a lot of confidence with these writing / literacy activities.