Friday 15 June 2018
Lesson observation week. This week teachers have been visiting each others classes, well except for mine, for some reason no one came :-( I visited two classes, maths studies and environmental systems and society. It was interesting observing two very different subjects, although a lot of the students were the same. In maths the aim of the lesson was very clear: given that the allocation of grades followed a normal distribution, how can you work out how many students got over a certain grade. The whole lesson was about this with several examples that boiled down to exactly the same thing. I'm not sure what environmental systems was about but there was a lot of sharing of anecdotes and examples from home, with as many nationalities as students these were diverse. One student from India grew rice in the wet season and something else in the dry. At certain times of the year sheepherds visited her village to graze their sheep, this coincided with a festival which was convenient as they supplied meat. There are more pigs in Denmark than people, a lot more. I still don't know why rice has to grow in knee deep water but I am sure that those little farms in the mountains of Norway are for summer grazing of cows not sheep. So I learnt a lot, just not sure what I'd do with it.
The photo has nothing to do with this but if you remember some time a go I mentioned that I was restoring a Triumph Spitfire, well this is how far I have got.