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Assignment Five: Reflection

What did you do well?

I think I continued to excel at one-on-one formative assessment; forming trust between myself and the students and learning specific learning needs.

I also think I did well in observing and learning about different critique methods, which could be useful and applicable to my classes. I enjoyed seeing the way the different ways creative writers and visual artists approach critiques.

What could have been improved?

I could have done better with the implementation of critiques into my courses. Unfortunately by the time I had scheduled suitable times to observe the critiques in my peer’s classes I had little time to plan and implement critiques into my own classes. The informal critiques I did introduce to my classes were only somewhat successful and I think I needed to better prepare the students for how the critiques would be held and what my expectations of them would be.

What did you learn?

I learnt that one-on-one formative assessments are still one of the most important ways of finding the unique learning needs of individual students.

I learnt that critiques can’t be sprung on the class; students need to know what the procedure will be and what expectations of them will be in terms of how to offer feedback to their classmates. Class critiques also need to be skilfully moderated by the lecturer in order to be successful, at least until the students are familiar enough with the process that they can self-manage the critique sessions.

Were there any surprises?

I was surprised to find that the creative writers continue to feel intimidated by the visual arts students and feel embarrassed about sharing their work with the class. This makes it difficult to encourage them to share their work with the class for critiques.

How can you implement your findings in the future?

In the future I will explore ways to implement formal critiques into my comics classes. It may take the form of the class reading the comic, or perhaps choosing students to read the dialogue aloud, followed by a discussion of the work. I will moderate the critique sessions and provide questions which will lead the students into observing and discussing the work.

I will continue with one-on-one formative assessments; sitting with students individually and  reading and discussing their work to understand their learning needs.

I will further explore ways that I can deliver my feedback to students, encouraging them to learn to critically analyse, self-assess and strengthen their work.

How will this influence your teaching in the future?

My project has shown me that there is still a lot to explore in terms of how best to implement formative assessment in the classroom. I will consciously work to further my knowledge on this subject and work towards using formative assessment more effectively in the future.

Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A Photographic Exhibition

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This is the final weekend of the Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A Photographic Exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum; presenting a glimpse of some of the Chinese New Zealanders who’s history spans 175 years in the country.

Helene Wong and I produced a series of comic stories to accompany the photographic exhibition. The Quiet Achievers: From Gardens to Gold Medals are a contemporary work, focusing on the surprising and unexpected stories of some of the Chinese New Zealanders who have lived, worked and contributed to Auckland.

Copies of the comics can be purchased at the Museum Store here.

Here are some photos of our comic works, during the final weekend of the exhibition:

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Behind the scenes: The Quiet Achievers

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Here’s a cool behind the scenes video of Helene Wong and I, talking about our collaboration for The Quiet Achievers comic we produced for Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Being Chinese in Aotearoa exhibition.

It’s on until February 2018, so there’s still heaps of time to catch it if you’re in Auckland.

Give Nothing to Racism

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I’m really proud to be involved in the Human Rights Commission’s anti-racism campaign. We all know racism is harmful, and I’ve personally had plenty of overt experiences with racism. But there are also more subtle, everyday experiences which help keep racism alive. Snide remarks, racist jokes; they are all part of it. So together, let’s give nothing to racism…


For more info, and to create and upload your own video, go to www.givenothing.co.nz

#givenothingtoracism

Revolver: A Pop-up & Pocket Exhibition

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I’ve got a couple of new artworks on display at Satellites‘ pop-up and pocket exhibiiton, Revolver, at New Lynn Station.

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It’s a cool concept; six artists’ work are displayed over a six week period, two artists at a time, for two weeks (does that make sense?). First up are t.wei and myself. Then Vasanti Unka and Nathan Foon. Followed by Jem Yoshioka and Jark Pane in the final two weeks. Added bonus, all of the artworks are reproduced as pocket-sized postcards and are free to take away.
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The theme of the exhibition is ‘the future’, and I channeled all of my dystopian-future fears for my two pieces. There’s a lot of worrying stuff happening in the world right now (as always, right?)… antibiotic resistant superbugs, wars, terror attacks, racial and religious tension, the widening gap between rich and poor; the list goes on. Sometimes I wonder what the world will be like when my daughters are grown up, when I’m long-gone. I hope they will live in a safe, civilised society. But for this exhibition, I’ve imagined my daughters (at the ages they currently are) in a chaotic future world, surviving the best they can.

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Revolver runs between between May – June 2017 at New Lynn Station, Auckland. Check it out before it’s gone!