First lesson with my year 7s

I’ve been pretty excited about th opportunity to use my Agile Learning Space throughout the holidays. I thought I’d take the easy option and capture on film an introductory lesson with my new year 7 class.

I always start by going through class rules and assessment expectations with any class at the beginning of the year. I folded all the flip tables and wheeled them to the perimeter of the room. Students sat on the carpet as I introduced myself and explained the special features of this learning space.

They sat attentively for 20-25 minutes listening to me ramble on. I thought it was time to move. I asked the students to set up the tables, where they wished, around the room – and that each table would accommodate 6 students. After the tables were set I distributed their workbooks, and instructed them to write my name and theirs on the spaces provided on the cover.

I presented a short introduction of the first health topic: “Changes and Challenges”. I wanted to find out what they’ve learned about PDHPE in primary school, so we had a brainstorm activity. You’ll see students bring butchers’ paper to their desks for this task. It was great to see the students engaged and collaborating with this simple activity.

To share their ideas we moved all the tables to the centre of the room and spread the butchers’ paper on top of the tables. We walked around the tables and I remarked on the common themes as well as the differences between the groups’ ideas.

We finished off the lesson by packing the tables away. I wanted to show them the video clip I had just taken, using the iMotion app on my phone. When the tables were packed away, the Year Adviser requested if she could distribute time tables and convey a brief message. The students did get to see the video clip bellow. It was a nice way finish to the lesson.

I would love to hear of any group activities you feel would work well in my Agile Classroom.

6 thoughts on “First lesson with my year 7s

  1. Nice work Ben!
    I like the use of the timelapse in the room. There is some definite application for teacher observation / reflection on practice there.
    Suggestions for the room? It looked a bit cramped when all the tables were set up – perhaps have the tables in a U shape around the edge of the room, with the kids and the chairs in the middle for talking and moving. They can then move out to the tables to work. With PC’s on the desks, you can watch the screens while they have their backs to the centre of the room.
    Keep experimenting . This is a great blog to watch and I will, with interest. Jonesy 🙂

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