3.1.1 Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics
One of the learning goals that I set for my year 10 Wood class was ‘Orthogonal Drawing’. This is a particular skill as it is technical drawing that requires precision.
Many of the students had never used the equipment required for the task before such as a drawing board, T-square and set square. I realised how challenging this task was for some students when even after giving a demonstration on how to use the T-square, they still had it round the wrong way, or were still looking confused.
I knew that this was going to be an exercise that required practice which is what we did. I handed the students a fully dimensioned isometric drawing of a desk. Using the information they had in front of them, they were to draw a front and side view of the desk at a 1:10 scale. After this exercise, they were to go on and complete another drawing, dimensioned, of their cabinet. This was to go in their folio.
A lot of the students struggled with drawing to scale as well as working in millimetres as so many of them are still used to cm. They also had a hard time keeping their page clean and keeping a sharp pencil. Simple things that make all the difference.
I feel that this was an appropriate task for this class. It challenged the students, all students, however it wasn’t so much of a challenge for the less capable students that they couldn’t participate. Everyone had a go to the best of their ability and I was happy with the results.
Below are the lesson plans for the 3 periods on ‘Orthogonal Drawing’, as well as some samples of the students’ work. The three samples are what I believed to be at the bottom end, middle and top of the class.
Sample of lower end of the spectrum:
Sample of average drawing:
Sample of one of the better drawings: