This video is the teacher instruction section at the start of the lesson on the 6th April. This was the introduction to a set of lessons over a few days.

Direct Instruction
This page will highlight on a set of 3 lessons that will focus on my Year 11 group as they complete their first standard for NCEA Level 1 DVC.
As the Year 11 students come into the room, they will be all gathered around the front table as a year group to discuss their particular tasks.
We will discuss as a group what we have to have completed by the end of next week (the end of term) and what they have to do in order for that to happen.
The students will then work independently, at their own pace, receiving support and instruction form me as they need it.

Detailed plan here
Session 1 - 6th April

The really good thing about how we work in the class is that it gives me lots of time to give some quality one to one or small group work.
This video shows me working with Autymn who is ahead in the Year 11 group and needs to move on in Photoshop.
We had a good amount of time working together to remind her of some skills we had already covered so could go over again at some speed.
 One to one time with Autymn on Photoshop.

 Autymn was kind enough to record her whole workflow today on Photoshop.
I have speeded up the recording so you can view it in approxmately 6 minutes.

This short section is a view into the ongoing lesson as it happened  This shows the rest of the class getting on with what they were set to do while I was working with individuals during the lesson.

Session 2 - 11th April

This is Dante talking about his Level 1 design work.  He is in Year 11 and has not really been up to date with his work all term and has needed quite a bit of nagging.


This is Martha in Year 11and she is talking about her project. She is mainly working on the collection of the written information for her poster and she is not the world's biggest talker which comes through on this video.

 This is Alex in Year 12. He has been working on his design era project. He is explaining what he has been doing to complete his work.

 This is a few views of the ongoing lesson as students were getting on with their work. This shows views from both of my senior classes so there will be Year 11, 12 and 13 shown.

Session 3

 Reflection and Analysis - 6th April

What went well?

All the students made a good start today on their final layout and most of them have a drawn grid completed.
Most of the group have their grids scanned in ready to download them tomorrow and get on to Photoshop.
One of the students got onto Photoshop today.
They were able to use their knowledge of their architect well when designing their layout grids.
My student who is expert at looking busy but not doing much worked really well today. Even the rest of the group noticed and were quizzing him about it. He said he has “changed”... we have just had student conferences with tutor teachers and parents so maybe this is the cause. It was good. I’ll take it.
The students did not run out of things to be focussed on in the double period (100 minutes) and were able to get on when the teacher was busy with the other year groups.
What did not go so well?

Two of the girls do tend to just sit there and wait for me to go and nag them, but once i indicated what direction they should be going, they got on with it quite well. A couple of students did not have time to get their grids scanned today, but I can do that for them before the next lesson starts so they are ready to go.

What can I do better?

Make sure everyone has their grid scanned and uploaded early into the next session so that the whole group can move forward onto Photoshop.
Ensure that "sitting about not knowing what to do time is minimised by checking for clarity of understanding before letting them go.

 Reflection and Analysis - 11th April

What went well?

They seem to be plodding along quite nicely and I am having plenty of time to support them on a one to one basis which is good for them and I can see where their understanding is.There is a range of abilities and use of techniques going on, ranging from basic layouts on Google Drawings which are headed towards an achieved to use of Photoshop to layout a design based on the style of their architect. This work will be headed towards merit of higher which is good to see for some of them.
What did not go so well?

I am worried about them getting everything complete before the end of term. If they finish their actual poster, then I will be happy, as we can collate everything onto their portfolio site and write an evaluation in the new term at the same time as starting the next project.

I have not had this completion problem with a whole Year 11 group on this project before and I am wondering if the mix of Level 1, 2 and 3 is affecting them in a bad way.

Time for some anonymous student voice surveys I think!

What can I do better?

Ensure that everyone is confident about what they need to do next. Maybe more use of the class community where it is just them together without the rest of the class (the Year 12 and 13's) could help facilitate this.

 Learning Site Content

This is how the information is structured so the students have access to it.

Here are the links that the Year 11 students have been given or are working on and the resources that they need for the lesson :-

Breaking down the standard

Photoshop skills

Illustrator skills

A3 paper

Drawing pencils

Black outliner pens

Access to printer and scanner

 Student Created Content


Level 1


Level 2



Karen Ferguson
Tamaki College
New Zealand


Manaiakalani Research

New Zealand Curriculum