Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Describe it to me....

With my NCEA Level 1, 2 and 3 Design and Visual Communication classes today, we were doing some exercises to prepare them for design analysis of their own work. This is always a weak point in our work so I am continuously trying to find ways to structure this to make it easier for the students to understand.
I had prepared a Google Drawing with a SOLO taxonomy structured layout of a series of questions. Link here
I decided that this was a little too much to start off with, so we were working today on a question at a time on images of products that they were familiar with. We were also doing this all together in the class Google Plus Communities so they could see what each other was writing about the products and get ideas if they were stuck. Link to the Level 2 Community here.
What I found interesting today, was where the students got stuck with the work.  They were having issues with the describing of the products that I put up for them. They had to describe things like the shape, the texture, the colour etc. This was not the area that I expected them to get stuck on.
I have had a chat with other teachers about this, in the Social Studies and English departments, and have realised that the problem is a lack of vocabulary that the students are using on a regular basis. This is really holding them back when it comes to the simple part of design analysis where they have to describe the product. This is even before they get to the higher order thinking of analysis where they have to think about why design decisions have been made and what effect these decisions have had.

To help them with this in the future, I have started putting together a list of sites that are loaded with describing words for any particular focus. I am going to share this document with the students so they can browse through the sites and be exposed to the words that are on there. I am going to make them look through themselves to find appropriate words for the things they are trying to describe.
Link to document here

Links to Describing Words

Shape

Texture

Size

Form

Colour





Thursday, July 6, 2017

End of Term 2 - Credit Check for DVC

Here is where were are up to at the end of Term 2 in terms of credits in NCEA Design and Visual Communication.


AS91969 - Level 1
This standard is the first thing that we do and it is rather disappointing that there are still 3 students sitting on Not Achieved at this point due to not completing the work.
We are having some catch up time for 3 days in the holidays so hopefully this will change quite soon.
The excellence and the merit credits is very pleasing for those two students who worked very hard.

For the school goal for at least 50% of Maori students to pass, it breaks down like this :-
Total of 5 Maori students - 60% pass rate
2 at Not Achieved due to not finishing yet.
1 at achieved
1 at merit
1 at excellence

Here is the overall picture for the standard :-




AS91967 - Level 1
This standard is still underway.
There is one student who has completed this so far an that is at an excellence standard.


AS91966 - Level 1
This standard is underway through all of the projects as it is the rendering standard.
One student has completed enough work so far for it to be assessed and this is at an excellence standard.



AS91354 - Level 2
This standard is the first one that we completed this year. The two Not Achieved results were from those two students not attending enough to complete the work. I need to make sure that the information and instructions on the class site are clear enough for students to work through in their own time if they are not at school.
The 5 results at merit is very pleasing as this is the first time that we have tried this standard in DVC as it is a Generic Technology standard.


For the school goal for at least 50% of Maori students to pass, it breaks down like this :-
Total of 4 Maori students - 50% pass rate
2 at Not Achieved due to not finishing the work.
2 at achieved


Here is the overall picture for the standard :-



AS91340 - Level 2
This is a research project about a chosen design era. I am extremely pleased with the level of Merit achievements this year. The new thing that I tried with the Year 12 students was having them work in pairs or small teams on research elements. I did this in response to the Kia Eke Panuku work that we have been doing about students responding well to working together. This seems to have had a good effect on the students work where they collect research together then use it to write their own notes.

For the school goal for at least 50% of Maori students to pass, it breaks down like this :-
Total of 3 Maori students - 33% pass rate
2 at Not Achieved due to not finishing the work.
1 at merit


Here is the overall picture for the standard :-




Level 3
Due to the fact that we start the year by working on the external - AS91627 - Initiate design ideas through exploration, we start the product design project quite late in Term 1.
We are currently working on - AS91630 - Resolve a product design through Graphics practice - which is not completed yet. We are nearly at the point of producing the final design so it should be finished quite early in term 3.
The results for Level 3 for my course always look terrible for most of the year, then they all seem to go in at once. We are a little behind where we should be according to the year plan, but I am not too worried yet.