INF536 Blog Task #2

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Posted by Liz Eckert | Posted in INF536, required blog tasks | Posted on August 5, 2014

Observation task

While not a weekly or daily occurrence, I experienced our full school awards assembly this morning (and our welcome assembly to Japanese exchange student group). This term was the first full school assembly that we had during our building works. These are due to finish June 2015.

Typically on a Monday morning, I do not have a home group to work with as I’m part time. Usually I have a Yr 8 group Wednesdays & Thursdays. This morning when I got to school, I discovered that I’d be having a Yr 9 home group before supervising them in assembly, so that made me consider how things were presented about our new route for assembly as I didn’t normally have the Yr 9s and there was a student teacher attached to this home group. I was one of 8 home group relief teachers for today. I think this helped me to remember to observe/immerse myself in the experience. Assembly ended up being  around 45 min rather than the 30 min anticipated on the running sheet. Often these assemblies go later than one lesson.

Reminders about assembly & to check emails re today’s routes to the gym & awards winners were on the staff whiteboard near the staff entrance (not the front entrance).

Email to staff re routes to gym:

Hi everyone,

 More new territory for us! The (chaired) assembly gives us the chance to try out (partial) circumnavigation of the building site.

 The plan is to have Year 12 and Year 9 students approach across the oval and cross the worksite road and enter the gym from the single door on the western side.

 Years 8, 10 and 11 will access via the passageway on the eastern side of Tech and along the footpath on Gloucester Avenue and then into the gym by the double doors on the eastern side.

 We may also choose to use the southern door and will triage students at the Lone Pine if we follow this option.

 Hope this works! Please supervise students closely during this operation (and during the assembly).

 Cheers,

 

For me this was slightly confusing as I don’t know where the lone pine is (I know there is one on site but no one’s actually told/shown me where it is)

Map of school site – map was edited by me from the yard duty areas map in the staff information folder that we receive at the beginning of the year. Not sure if relief teachers have this in their folder/information for the day.

SEHS map to gym

SEHS map to gym during building works

Note: The walkway at the top of the school (near bus 2 yard duty) is narrow,  single file near workshops/conference centre/kitchens. This would be quite tight when carrying chairs. (I didn’t experience this trip to the gym with chairs; I have with just Yr 8s & no chairs for a year level activity in home group/student development (extended home group).)

Plan was for Yr 9 & 12s to enter the gym via the oval door. However, when we got to the gym, we entered via the yard door. Leaving we left via the oval door (which we were supposed to enter through). The oval door is a single doorway whereas the yard & hill doors are double doors. My class followed the Yr 12s who were entering via the yard doors. The band was playing when we got to the gym which may explain why students didn’t want to go in the oval door.  (Edited to add – we used to have Yr 10-12s enter via Yard door and Yr 8-9 via Hill door; map taken from staff handbook)

Assembly seating plan in gym with entry doors labelled

Assembly seating plan in gym with entry doors labelled

Teachers were given the running sheet for assembly in home group pigeon holes.

I made some notes on this sheet as well as in my note/sketch pad.

agenda running sheet and my notes

agenda running sheet and my notes

my notes about assembly

my notes about assembly

A few shots of students leaving the gym. The first two show the narrow walkway to the yard doors that students entered by.

students leaving assembly through oval door

students leaving assembly through oval door

students leaving assembly through oval door

students leaving assembly through oval door

 

students walking past fencing

students walking past fencing towards “gate”

 

leaving assembly 4 after the "gate" is crossed

leaving assembly after the “gate” is crossed

 

leaving assembly past the back of the canteen towards the main buildings in the distance
leaving assembly past the back of the canteen towards the main buildings in the distance

 

Comments on other blogs:

http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/ngaireb/2014/08/03/blog-task-2-observation/#comment-13

http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/jesoods5/2014/08/05/blog-task-2/#comment-15

http://thinkspace.csu.edu.au/jerry/2014/08/08/inf536-blog-task-2/#comment-29

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