It’s heading towards the end of the year. Sometimes you have to work a little harder to hold the attention and keep the motivation in the classroom. H2Q are such a class.
I see them for just 60 minutes a week. They are chaotic, at times noisy, very socialable and generally very likable bunch. But given the right challenges this group of twenty five 13 year olds can be focused and engaged with what they are doing. Sometimes this year I’ve been spot on with an assignment, and at other times less so. It is often difficult to predict what will hit the mark.
The last couple of weeks we’ve been working on an animation project. The iPad’s that I have at my disposal certainly help here and the app Folioscope is great in offering enough possibilities without the kids becoming overloaded and confused by the choices on offer.
We took our inspiration for the project from Rhubarb and Custard, and old BBC animation that made use of a fairly course, but extremely lovable, drawing style. Apart from that though it was an open door, the pupils could approach it how they liked.
The result, two lessons later, apart from a whole set of animations similar to the two below, was a surprisingly quiet classroom.