Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Manaiakalani Class OnAir Lesson 8 - Final Chair Designs

Link to Manaiakalani Class OnAir to see the whole team.

Direct Instruction

The instruction to the whole class was quite brief as it was reminding them of all the elements that needed to be included on the their final design sheets. I had prepared the board in advance so they could see the layout I wanted them to follow. The rest of the instruction through the lesson was on a one to one basis depending on the needs of the students.

Here is some of the ongoing lesson


This work was a culmination of a much longer series of lessons based around analysis, design and literacy. I feel that the students did well as they were pulling everything together that we have been looking at over my inquiry.

Class Site Content

This is a diagram explaining the input the students have had from my inquiry about subject specific literacy.

Learner Generated Content

Extended Lesson Plan

Lesson Topic :- Final Chair Design Sheet
Year Group :-  Year 11
Learning Outcome
To be able to use all of the skills regarding drawing, rendering and analysis to produce a final chair design presentation sheet.

Success Criteria
Using SOLO

Extended abstract
Students draw a 3D final chair design.

Students identify the main parts of their design.
Students draw a 3D final chair design and can render the design to enhance the 3D qualities using tones.

Students can describe their design using noun groups.
Students can relate their final chair drawing to the materials it would be made from by using rendering techniques to show those materials.

Students can link a statement about their design to a reason by using a linking word.
Students can create a design that is inspired by their chosen architect and render it to look 3D, like the material it is made from and position it in space using shadows.

Students can reflect on how their design relates to the work of their chosen architect.

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.

  • Thinking - using all the drawing, rendering and literacy strategies we have been working on all together to produce the final design sheet.
  • Using language, symbols, and texts - writing the design analysis and using visual techniques to simulate 3D forms and surface finishes.
  • Managing self - completing a finished final design sheet ready for assessment.
  • Participating and contributing -
  • Relating to others -
Prior knowledge
We have  done a series of literacy exercises to build up to this point.

We have done sketching and rendering techniques in 2D and 3D.
We have done research about materials.
The students have produced design developments in relation to their chosen architect.
Lesson Sequence

Session Outline
Student Activity
Teacher Activity
Sit round the front table and listen to teacher input about how to layout their final design sheet.
  • Prepare the board with layout example.
  • Discuss the potential layout with the students so they know what to include on the their final design sheet.
  • As the lesson is going on, do one to ones chats about their analysis writing, using questions to the students to get them to think and answer.
  • One to one / small group help with rendering skills and detail drawings.
Students to work on their individual presentation sheets to show :-
  • Rendered 3D drawing of final chair
  • 2D cross sectional view
  • 2D plan, side and front views
  • Analysis notes using the structure we have worked on
Work will be photographed and shared in the class community for all the class to see each other’s work.
This is the final work for this project so will be included in their sketchbook of evidence for the freehand sketching external - until them they will be displayed on the classroom walls.

A2 paper
Drawing pencils
Coloured pencils
Graphics marker pens
Next Steps
Next Lesson
This task will take longer than one double period, so it will need time in following lessons to complete everything.

Further in this project
This is the end of this project, but all of these skills will be used in the next one.
Reflection and Analysis

What went well.

Lesson Content :- The students knew the main bulk of what they have to produce for this activity as it is a continuation of both the project they have been working on and the skills they have been covering.

Lesson Pacing :- I knew this was not going to be complete in a double period so the pacing is as expected.

Lesson Delivery :- My introduction was uncharacteristically short but I think this is because it was just a sum up of what they already knew. The delivery throughout the lesson worked well on a one to one / small group basis as needed.

Student Outcomes :- The outcomes are of a pleasing standard and clearly shows what they have been learning.

What still needs work.

Student Understanding :- I still have students who were in the lower ability class in Year 10 who are having difficulties understanding what we are doing at the moment. I do not have a specific example for this layout produced, just the individual things on the class site and the layout sketch on the board, so this would probably have helped. Having examples of 3D rendered products for them to refer to would help too as their understanding and visualizing of what their design looks like in 3D is a problem.

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