My Artifacts of Scavenger Hunt Game

 

The link to my Artifacts Google Doc file:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qNwoKZUgTWBbQYDXLHDPfSUhBMR5A3NUuiN0JxUPEvo/edit

 

1. Get academic: Share a recently published academic article or journal in your subject area that you would like to read and why.

This book I would like to read is called <Debates of Design and Technology Education>, https://books.google.com.hk/books?id=EauAAAAAQBAJ&hl=zh-CN

In this book, we can find out some arguments and judgements about this subject in school, and we will explore the major issues that all D&T teachers encounter in their daily professional lives.  Such as

 “What is the purpose of design and technology?

Is it a vocational or academic subject?

What knowledge and skills do teachers really need?

Is it a ‘creative’ subject?” Etc. 

And while we explore some of the key debates, those fresh insights encourage me to do more critical reflections about my practice. I would say this is like a guide book for my D&T teaching position.

 2. Develop professionally: Share an upcoming conference or academic event that you would like to participate in and why.

 

I would like to participate in ECADE -  The European Conference on Arts, Design & Technology. 

Introduction: ECADE2022 will explore and share how art, design and education together can have an impact, make a societal difference, and contribute to the economy and how we think, live, work, and learn. As we emerge from the pandemic, and face climate emergency, this is a unique opportunity to review our values, and thus renew our sense of citizenship, and what constitutes the ‘common good’ both locally and globally.

Motivation: For me, I want to look at how design shapes and mediates our ideas, how the visual arts challenge and question our perceptions, and how education seeks ways to develop our shared understanding and our skills, to listen, and to find different ways to speak and to act together. It is gonna be very helpful to integrate education with the latest trend of design in our society.

 3. Build life skills: Host a scavenger hunt activity for your students on life skills or social-emotional learning and take a picture of items collected by students.

 

I want to host a scavenger hunt activity on information integration skills. Students will combine cross-disciplinary knowledge to solve the questions, meanwhile the technology tool like iPad or smartboard is available for them to use. The final prize is a theme keychain from our show The Little Prince. Here are the questions of our scavenger hunt game:

  1. Write down the capital city’s name of Mexico

  2. What is this place’s name with coordinates of 52.36730° n, 4.89982° e

  3. The 16th letter of Alphabet Form

  4. Combining the 1st letter of  the answers from question 1,2,3 together, what do you get.

  5. Find out this object in our classroom and tell me what vehicle you find in the map

  6. What was the main power source of that vehicle back in the late 19th century?

  7. Is there any vehicle in our classroom that uses the same power engine?

  8. Can you find the note in its exhaust part and read it?

  9. Answer the question of that note correctly and get your prize! Congratulations 🎉

I hosted this scavenger hunt activity with G7 on information integration skills, and it was great! Students will combine cross-disciplinary knowledge to solve the questions, meanwhile the technology tool like iPad or smartboard is available for them to use. The final prize is a theme keychain from our show The Little Prince.

Summary:
It’s a great platform for knowledge integration, and it requires team collaboration and problem solving skills. In the end of the game, especially after we yelled out the name of four siblings from Narnia, we had like a mindset that the environment around us is a winter nature, which serves perfectly as the opener of our next topic — winter village miniature modeling. Here is the slide of some pictures of this activity, feel free to leave me any comments

 4. Create awareness: Implement an activity with students to overcome any one stereotype towards culture, ethnicity, gender, or learning differences.

 

  1. On top of culture, ethnicity, gender and learning differences, empathy is a key part of being a responsible and helpful community member at school and elsewhere. While I noticed that some students in primary school didn’t show enough empathy towards their peers, so I wanna do something to boost mutual understanding, especially empathy, among students:

  2. Be a good role model ourselves. As teachers model how to be positive when learning, students mirror optimistic and confident learning behaviors.

  3. Teaching point of view. For example, the number 6 and 9 looks just different from different perspectives. We can also illustrate an example from our own life in which something similar has happened in terms of you arguing with somebody simply because they had a different point of view.

  4. Listening actively to others is also important. One of the most common obstacles to empathic relationships is that effective listening is difficult, and often individuals just don’t listen to one another in conversation.

 5. Create a memory: Take a picture with your cohort with any educational prop. picture 02

 

6. Find common ground: Show pictures of a hobby or interest that you share with a teacher colleague at your school.  (e.g. pictures of you and your colleague trekking)

 “ Who is the murder” game with teacher friends (picture 03)

Potluck party during our last Christmas, sorry didn’t take picture of food (picture 04) 

7. Get social: Add a post on the Twitter hashtag #tncohort or on the Facebook Cohorts community page with one important thing you learned during your clinical practice. 

I don’t really use social media, so I am gonna leave my post here:

One important thing I have learnt during my clinical practice is the importance of efficient class management. Without an organized class management which is made up with class norms, objectives, learning procedures and proper instructional strategies, I can’t guarantee neither the efficiency of our class, nor the engagement level of our students. #tncohort

8. Share an achievement: Share the biggest learning challenge you faced in the program and how you overcame the challenge.

Definitely time management. Like many other cohorts, I am working multitasks consistently, and there is a long to-do list on my wall. Figuring out how to make full use of time is crucial to me, so here is a solution which is going to benefit both my students and me: I will extract some relevant information from my “art education” Praxis textbook and apply them to my monthly teaching plan. By doing this, I get a chance to learn with my students which puts me not only in an instructor position, but also a learning partnership with them.

9. Get personal: Share one professional ethic that you always live by.

Respect. We need to show respect to each other’s private time, especially in the workplace. When I talk about private time, I am referring to the time after school. So unless there is an emergency, I won’t contact my coworkers and supervisors. Although it is not easy to implement this norm in China because of the intention of mixing work and life here, I will still live by this ethic.

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