Floor plan for rooftop school (scenario)

I was able to create a 2D and 3D image of how I would design my rooftop school.

Let me know what you think…
Please click this link to view my design: http://pl.an/icw8c3

(Hennequin, 2013)


Studying scorpions

I thought I might post my drawing of Scorpionum: antiquis creaturae pulcritudinem.
The scorpion I drew in science was a Urodacus elongates (I think). The opportunity to observe a real-life scorpion was a fantastic experience and one that is very effective in the classroom. It reminds me of the zoo/wildlife incursions organised at schools these days. Seeing animals and creatures in real-life can be so enriching and it brings to life everything that you have been learning about.

The learning space while drawing these scorpions was individual but also grouped because you were able to discuss features of the scorpions with peers nearby. The lesson was student-centred where plenty of questions were raised about the specific features found on this magnificent creature. It was amazing to notice the perspectives of everyone in the class… some drew the main outline of the scorpion and others noticed the tiniest details.

In my drawings, I tried to draw the scorpion from both the top view and bottom view. One of the drawings are incomplete (as you can see) but I enjoyed the lesson nonetheless.




Educational scenario…


It’s 2063 and the population of Melbourne has risen to 10 million. Huge numbers of school-aged children live within the CBD, and have no access to rural and coastal Victoria. Owing to the proliferation of high rise apartments, the local government has started to utilise the roof top spaces of these buildings as schools. You have been given a brief to design a classroom that brings rural and coastal Victoria to the city. The school is committed to environmental awareness owing to water restrictions and a depletion of natural resources.

Group learning space

Group learning spaces can be discussed in relation to the classroom physical layout, group work with students, and curriculum collaboration with teachers. It is a learning space that is highly used in education and it always altering so that everyone reaps its benefits.

The open plan classroom is a relatively new layout in schools that involves a shared space with more than one classroom groups. The teachers share this learning space while still teaching their own group of children. It can be hard at first because it is not a traditional classroom, but it can improve because the teachers can build relationships with their colleagues and assist each other. Also, the students can be organised into groups, develop their skills with others and stay on task easier.

Students placed with their peers for projects can be organised based on collaboration, cooperation or group work. Collaboration and cooperation are fairly similar because teachers can plan for the task to be equally distributed to all participants. Presently, teachers are more aware of the problem of group work where in groups some people do all the work while others slack off and get all the good results. This is the main difference and it can be avoided if there is a clear criteria of the task which states jobs for each participate where they have to work together collectively in order to complete.

Lastly, the curriculum is used by all teachers to plan their classroom teaching. At schools, teachers work together, either as a big group or small year-level groups, to organise how to plan learning based on the curriculum. This involves a lot of team work and involvement from all teachers and can help build a great unit of work mainly because they can bounce off each other’s ideas.

(Social learning blog, 2012. Social learning for members [Image]. Retrieved from http://interactyx.com/social-learning-blog/social-learning-for-membership-groups-and-associations/)