Introduction to Ruby

This module really helped me to my head around variables, methods, comments, strings. Below is a series of screen shots and my notes. I am writing handwritten notes when undetaking all these units- I feel writing down ideas really helps me to process new ideas and the transformation of information definately a learning strategy that has been very sucessful for me.

Next to Come….. Putting the Form in Formatter

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A new professional chapter

After 10 years of being a secondary school teacher- becoming an outdoor educator, science teacher and teaching through remote schooling Melbourne 2020 I have made a big decision to try something new…..

Today my journey begins.

After signing up to do Le Wagon: Web Development course course starting October 2021, I am required to undertake a number of coding DIY units on codecademy.

Today I started my codecademy “Welcome to codecademy”… a very short module that basically told me… fiddle around with javascript, run the code and learn via inquiry…. sounds very like my classroom. I played with letterColors, mouseResponseThreshold, friction and rotationForce.

Colour, bubbles and movement= success! I feel like I CAN as per the intention of the mini course. Next on my list LearnRuby…..

rotation Force is cool

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Main Lesson Combustion Class 7: The beginnings

Fire Fire burns so bright

I have spent the last few weeks developing a Combustion main lesson for Class 7. Today was my final chance to get the chemistry lab ready for the lessons to start tomorrow. For the first week I have planned to introduce fire in a number of ways which will be in the coming days posts.

Students will be asked to develop a pamphlet which could be distributed for community education about a famous chemist and their discovery which is still used in the modern era. I have created a pamphlet as the handout. This will be their only homework set for the first two weeks.

Research pamplet_SJAlexander

I look forward to the next three weeks and teaching the main lesson.

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Class 2 finishing work


I had a wonderful opportunity to teach Class 2 from Collingwood College. They were completing journal work and main lesson writing work. There was vast range of completion of work and managing a large group of spirited individuals require a high level of patience and direction for myself. Just as teenagers do, seven and eight year olds will test you. I knew the clear requirements students needed to do before moving on with the next piece of work but on numerous occasions I was told certainly that what they had shown me was all they need to do. Staying firm the testing was shorted lived when they realised their teacher  and I had similar expectations of their work.  Having not been in a classroom with this age group on my own before I was slow to read the signs that they needed a change but was saved by the lunchtime bell which was timed perfectly for the session. I need to remember to be more dynamic and not worry about shortening tasks if it means holding the group together in a more harmonious way. Time and more experience will hone these skills.


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potato maths

In early June I spent an hour with class 1 students planting seed potatoes. Students needed to estimate how many new potatoes would be generated when planting 9 seed  potatoes in each large container.  Students used stones to create groups to help them determine a total sum. Most students where limited to counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s.


I underestimated the time needed to describe and break down the components of the learning activity. Having done all teaching to date with teens the overall class dynamic and my expectations where completely underestimated. The rapore the class teacher had with her class demonstrated how understanding you class members can make such a huge difference in the overall group dynamic.

I returned to harvest and count the potatoes in December 2011. The 4 months since the first class students had developed and enhanced their mathematical understanding with students being able to group and count in 2’s and  some in 4’s.


Questions I askedand student responses

“how do you remember numbers?”

“I put it in my head”           “I use my fingers”           “it is a little more than my age”


How many potatoes do you think we will harvest?

“millions”      “hundreds”        “more than 9”


Ordering largest to smallest

Little potatoes ordered
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Analysis of Student Learning Case Study Student A

Student A- Prior Knowledge and Skills, Challenges in Learning

  • Student A interactive with the teacher and gains some confidence with the complements and praise of the teacher. Student A has Dyslexia, is hard working and a perfectionist. She will seek ongoing advice to double check that what she is working on is “what the teacher has described”. At times the student will need further clarification to link conceptual idea to experimental experiences.

Work Sample From Activity 1- Research, Poster and Presentation


Work Sample From Activity 2-Enzyme Browning Reaction











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Reflection on the Teaching and Learning Plan

  • I felt that the combination of experimental work with thinking activities was well balanced. The creative element of experiments and linkages is definitely something I feel comfortable to do and it worked well to balance this unit of work. The time taken to undertake the experiments was more that I expected and students were not efficient as moving from experiments to clean up and back to work. I underestimated this time and this meant that sections of what I want to do were dropped. I Could have spent more time with students for their project and perhaps expected more knowledge of this process that was actually known to students. If I could do this main lesson again I would have more theory for students to copy and discuss. I relied on verbal communication for this information too often and could have had more written explanations for other learning styles. I would also like to do this unit in a laboratory facility to have students take the safety aspect of experiments a little more seriously. Monitoring students work on a teacher check basis did work for the majority of students however I wonder if using a Can-Ban ticket system combine with students periodically handing in work would prevent some of the delayed submissions at the end of the unit. From the analysis of my own teaching the learning of the students I would like to change how I manage difficult students who are reluctant to do work. Although I did have one-on-one talks with difficult students to stamp out negative talk and “no work in class attitude” I think that involving parents and other teachers earlier to prevent these attitudes and habits would be beneficial. Having weekly quizzes on concepts covered would also help me to monitor students understanding and help students with a more competitive nature “need to want to learn concepts”. This unit of work certainly has improved my confidence and has helped me to consolidate all the teaching learning I have done over the 2010 academic year. In the future I would like to obtain a better understanding of how to monitor the learning of groups of students with multiple learning limitations. I was fortunate to have a Dyslexic student who has effectively found a way to overcome her disability, but how do I help other who have not found how to succeed when faced with a learning difficulty. I would also like to also focus on how to sustain and extend smarter students int he class while maintaining their involvement in group activities.
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Analysis of student learning study case Student B

Student B- Prior Knowledge and Skills, Challenges in Learning

  • Student B finds learning concepts easy but does not have a strong work ethic and can be resistant to participating in a positive manner with teachers and students in class. He is outspoken and particularly rude to teachers. He does not do much work in class even when micro-managed and will only engage on his own terms. There is a competitive element to this student but social elements are his key focus.

Work Sample From Activity 1- Research, Poster and Presentation

Work Sample From Activity 2-Enzyme Browning Reaction


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Teaching and Learning sequence for teacher registration

Below is a A SEQUENCE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING which I was required to develop and analyse to complete my teacher registration.


Main Lesson: Food Chemistry

Class 8

Key Concepts:

  • The processes of changing food substances into body building food.
  • Food Substances found in nature can be transformed.
  • The human body can build itself through the transformation of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and water as either inner or outer processes.
  • Analysis of foods PLANTS, SEEDS, MILK, EGGS, SUGAR and CHOCOLATE have similar or unique components.

Key Skills:

  • Safety when conducting experiments
  • Research, presentation skills and poster condensing
  • Connecting micro and macro components of food chemistry ie the browning of an apple connected with enzymes


VELs Outcomes:

  • Science: Science knowledge and understanding: students explain change in terms of cause and effect in experimental examples
  • Science: Science at Work: students can explain how sustainable practices have been developed and/or are applied in their local environment


  • Communication: Presenting: students summarise and organise ideas and information, logically and clearly in an oral presentations


The School: A city based Steiner school city based in transition to a senior IB program. Split facility across two campus in transaction to one. Student have a core class teacher till class 8 who will cover most subjects.

Characteristics of students which may affect their learning:

A mixed ability class with students who have always  been in Waldorf education mixed with students new to Waldorf in Class 8. Some students will have educational disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD and numeracy and literacy limitations. The majority of students at a average to above average level for their expected VELs outcomes.

Teaching Challenges presented by the class or students

A very talkative groups who need to be reminded to not talk while other are. Some students define chemistry as “explosion” and do not connect with a subtle version of chemistry. Student of class 8 undertook a major year long project with a number choosing cooking or food as a focus so have an active interest in the main lesson  topic.

Physical Learning environment:

The classroom for Class 8 and the utilisation of local walking paths through the Collingwood Children’s Farm

Other important factors to consider:

No Laboratory available. Daily 2 hour class for 3 weeks with a science double class utilised for the main lesson.


Dates: November 1-19th 2010 Main lesson times 8:55am-10:45am Daily

What student should know at the conclusion of the unit:

  • The components which constitute food, carbohydrates, proteins, sugars.
  • How enzymes act in browning of fruits and how this can be prevented.
  • How to write and develop an experimental procedure
  • Linking the sun energy to available energy in food

Prior knowledge and skills:

  • Combustion carbon and heating processes
  • Anatomy of human digestion
  • Observational skills and drawing
  • Chance and Data main lesson
  • Animal Biology

Teaching and learning activities to engage students and achieve learning aims:

o   Experiments:

  • §  Enzyme browning reaction
  • §  Seed Dissection
  • §  Little Miss Muffet: making curd and whey protein coagulation
  • §  Identifying the presence of starch

o   Art:

  • §  Boarders
  • §  Drawing observations
  • §  Diagrams
  • §  Milk Image

o   Reading and Listening:

  • §  Teach reading from text
  • §  Thinking and reasoning via verbal based questioning and discussion

o   Maths and Analysis:

  • §  Pie chart of mammal milk comparison and comparison between species

o   Food Diary:

  • §  Food Kilometers
  • §  Mood based on food diary

o   Research and presentation

  • §  Poster on history and chemistry of fruit/veg
  • §  Cook with this fruit and veg
  • §  Class presentation

Monitoring student learning and effectiveness of teaching:

Questions at the start of each lesson to recap and summarise what was covered the day before, having students write their own procedures from an experiment conducted the previous session. Review of homework,

3 day rhythm- eg allowing students to experience an experiment day 1, develop their procedure, aims and observations in good copy day 2 and discuss the theory. Write conclusions based on discussion from day 2 on day 3. Using open questions, targeting individual students.

Assessment Tasks:

Project Poster: includes drafting, research skill and the final poster layout

Food Chemistry Project Student Handout

Project Presentation: a 5 minute class presentation which summarises the information used in the poster with supporting food props examples

Main Lesson Test: A main lesson overview to recall and problem solve food science concepts covered in the main lesson.

Class 8 Food Chemistry Test

Main Lesson Book: The main lesson book is a record of class work. It should be neat, ordered and contain all notes, diagrams and tasks completed during the unit of work. (A-E)

Completeness: all elements of the main lesson book present (A-E)

Beauty: elements of colour, layout and theme throughout the book (A-E)

Accuracy: spelling, science concepts and diagrams accurate (A-E)



Planning Unit overview


Master Chief: Tempering chocolate


Tempering Chocolate Poh Julie Venn


Delicious References


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