Monday, 17 November 2014

Week 4

WALT – Self Manage

Success Criteria

-        have a ‘can do’ attitude
-        listen to feedback and act on it
-        show perseverance
high standards of build

A great session, well done Room 19! We recapped on last weeks build and introduced the focus for this week. As we have to get going on our build we thought that 'Self Manage' would be a great focus for our goal setting. Below is the Pre Padlet board. Each student thought about an aspect of the WALT that they would like to be thinking of as they worked in their build groups. Later in the blog the class reflected on how their goal went. 

We had some interesting topics to discuss, see below. We also had 'Minecraft Natural Disaster' to deal with. Last week some students from another school gained access to our server and flooded our world. Danny our Learning Centre Teacher managed to sort the water out in the week but the class had to spend a bit of time checking their builds and making small repairs. 

See below for some of the issues that came up this week. For more details on how the build groups got on, check out the Padlets and the Student blogs on the right of this class blog! 

Links to Week 4 padlets 

Items for our mid session discussion - We might have to talk about these in class as we ran out of time 

  • Armour for horses?
  • Who keeps potions?
  • Visiting other build groups projects, should we ask permission, should we give feedback?
  • How do we organise money? 
  • Beacons - how to make them and how many should we have? 

Well done and big thanks to Jake for sharing with the class how to make beacons. These will really help us when we switch to Survival mode!

Also thanks to Carter for sharing how to use the Block Inspector tool to see the materials that have been used. 

Nice one Jamie for thinking about how to create a 'library' i the Spawn Block so we can access each other's blogs through a weblink! 

See below for our latest screen shot of our world. As you can see the builds are really taking shape. Below this image is our first screen shot taken at then end of Session 1. 

Here are some photos from this weeks session!

Teacher Reflections - Week 4

Week 4 Reflections from Danny

Once again the students came in enthusiastic and keen to get moving with building their respective areas within the community. The background work that had been done in the classroom was evident in the preliminary discussion at the start of the session. Everyone seemed to understand and have a good level respect for the terms set out in the treaty that had been agreed to.

Padlet continues to be a useful tool to capture student thoughts, achievements and challenges.

As the building of the world continues, more and more instances occur that require the group to problem solve as a collective. There were several “incidents” that gave rise to useful debate this week, one boy inadvertently poisoned a group of horses causing quite a commotion in the first instance but after discussion the matter was resolved very effectively and in my opinion this has been one of the upsides of this trial - students are forced to deal with all sorts of situations in a rational, calm, manner that will be a very useful skill for the future.

I would still like to see a video log of some kind with the students talking about their work whilst showing it. I am thinking perhaps a session at the end of the build where each student gives a brief tour of the part of the world they had most to do with. This would surely show any observer the level of engagement that is happening with this trial.

Audrey's Reflection week 4
This project has a good Inquiry balance for all involved  – although we had an idea of where it could go , we have discovered situations that we hadn’t given a lot of thought, like potions, money/ trading and beacons, which have raised many issues.  These ideas have resulted in super class discussions and resolutions.
The Key Competencies are at the forefront driving the focus on ‘self’ to set high standards and how to cope with adversity, to think, be curious and creative and  to recognise others views and negotiate a happy outcome.
I love that collaboration has no barriers, boys happily sharing with girls and less able being taught new skills from experienced students. Students sharing their knowledge as a tutor is empowering.
Yes we are using Minecraft but that almost seems a by-product with all the other rich learning, skills and collaboration happening.
I am looking forward to watching/hearing the students self reflection on their builds via video recordings. This will delve into their inner decision making and reasoning.

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