Having taken on board the feedback received from Sarah’s teaching observation this lesson plan illustrates how I am attempting to integrate student focused activities that encourage the students to engage with underpinning principals of the discipline. This workshop introduces students to an intermediate mould making technique for glass casting. One of the primary intended learning outcomes was for students to be able to deduce when it might be suitable to use the multilayered techniques opposed to other traditional mould making techniques. To help students achieve these outcomes I designed an activity that required students pair up and analyse a variety of objects and reflect on what mould making process would be more suitable, the present their conclusions to the group.
Prior to this workshop I would have been more likely to just tell the group which mould making techniques to use for each object. However this new approach encourages students to develop diagnostic and problem solving skills, and engage in higher order deep learning (Biggs and Tang 2011).