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April 2011

Year 12 computing theory – web design

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Year 12 Computing Theory Lesson

In my lesson today I was covering website design and the theory behind this process. Please see my attached lesson plan in the resources folder to reference this.

What went well?

We were able to cover a large section of the computing theory section as i had made some notes for the pupil to follow through with me. These notes where more concise and rather than just reading out of the book.

We used Dreamweaver to make notes on the various key terms which was really useful to put the coding practice. This was a great tool to practically work on the theory. I started with basic html editing then followed on with colours fonts and images finishing with ul tags.

I was able to set and take in homework which was questions on the previous chapters. I have been finding that also setting reading of the work that we will cover in the next lesson is a great way to solidify and start the next lesson as you use questions to tease out current knowledge levels. I ahve found that marking this on the spot and giving feedback to homework is a good method as it is fresh in the pupils mind and they can then reinforce what they have tried to learn so far.

The pupil learning was excellent as the final piece of source code was substantial and reflected what we had learn. Questions also reinforced this.

I found it was good to go into extra detail that I learnt at degree level and share this with the pupil. It is amazing when you have a solid subject knowledge

What could have been done better?

The lesson plan did not have enough content in it and so I was required to add more content on whilst I was teaching this was just adding in images and changing colours

I found that whilst the pupil was doing the independent work I was not able to really engage and do much apart from look into further things we could explore on the go.

Year 11 Tutoring

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This term I have been helping out with tutoring year 11 pupils. Initially I was quite apprehensive about this as I was concerned about the attitude and behaviour that they might have. I was also warned to go in quite firm and tough and not to be a walk over. It was an interesting start as they were quite loud and boisterous but once asked to be quiet they did respond. I was impressed with how they were when asked co-operative and there was not a large amount of back chat.  

My main duties where to take the register on the Sims system. I had to make sure that if anyone was late could not mark them in. I was also advised to ask them to wait by the door if they arrived after I had started the register.

My other duties where to take some PSHE sessions on some of sort of personal social or health related theme. I took three of these one was to working on team building and in this one we did lots of team related games such as making letters with human bodies and also the one where you have to all stand up by linking arms and pushing together the final one was to all sit on each other’s laps in a circle. They really enjoyed these games and it was a good chance to include everyone and help build the pupils that where less confident. I also told some bible related stories on Daniel in the lion’s den and and the parable of the good samriton and used the morals of these stories to try and encourage the pupils to do the same. My main message was a Christian message but i was aware that there were multiple faiths present which I had to be sensitive to.

There were a few sessions on sex educations that I sat in on and it was interesting to see how the govermant are pushing for more and more “safe sex” and to make young people aware of all of the STI’s and D’s out there. I thought that the no sex before marriage was a point that was not included or promoted enough as ultimately that is the safest way to ensure that these things don’t happen.

During tutors we had to make sure their journals where signed and passed off and that they were not defacing them.

We also had to issue warnings and checks for pupils that where miss behaving according to the school policy of red referrals those pupils can receive.

There where few issues with social problems that the pupils where having and these we had to deal with in to most appropriate manner and refer what ever we needed to onto child protection oficers this including a few personal circumstance issues.

I was also able to reprimand and tell them to correct their uniform. This was to maintain the high standards and expectations in the pupils of the school.

It was great to get alongside the pupils and build a good appropriate relationship and I feel I was able to add a fresh, fun and creative approach to the form. The pupils where able to develop in the time i was with them and it was a good opportunity to see how they progressed in other areas not just the academic side of their life.

Please email hburton@kesbath.co.uk for confirmation.