Day 4 Apprentices


All is going to plan more or less and this is usually the day where the wheels start to fall off.   Frustration with their own hand skills and lack of practice combined with being presented with work of their own with compounding defects in it that gets worse

Cutting Cornice in a mitre box

Getting involved with students

e with every new process added.  The top coat usually adds insult to injury if the 2 base coats are put on badly.   This time all is much smoother and more focussed and after seeing the picture of competence Video they had a much better understanding of what they needed to do and what it looked like to be competent.


A passing School group tour being introduced to the students at work commented on the fact that after 4 days the work quality was great.  Ahh affirmation, a wonderful thing.  Oh, that is feedback of the best kind.

Why the improvement My Opinion

  • Clear Aims and Objectives
  • Picture of Competence  (Video from YouTube with approval from the owner) 
    • Fix plasterboard and flush recess joints
    • 2 nd coat recesses, butt joints
    • Internal corners and metal trims
    • Work safely and effectively
    • Be aware of OH&S Policies & Procedures
    • Demolish and clear up
    • Dispose of waste safely and as per EPA guideline
  • Concentrate on one skill at a time
  • Ask effective question and wait for the answers or comments (adjust next step to suit learners skill level, more flushing of fixing etc)
  • Assess your own & peers work quality
    • assess fairly and positively (they’ll be doing yours too)
    • Identify defects and areas for improvement and How to improve
    • Give feedback of how they thought they went and need to improve
    • Identify gaps in skills and how to improve them 
  • Feedback to students and lecturer re: Learning and issues they may have
  • Reflect of achievements over the past week and how and where we move on from here.
  • Add to sense of pride in their work.
  • Discuss next tafeSA session and what is coming up and get them to go online and have a look around.

Yes you are right I chickened out on the Moodle thing today… NEXT TIME for sure!!!

About wallandceiling

I currently design, create and administer over 180 Moodle online courses as part of a project in tafeSA with the BJIT Business Services Team. This project has highlighted a need for training in Moodle and how to implement and maintain courses online. I have been a lecturer in Wall & Ceiling Lining (Drywall for Americans) in Adelaide South Australia involved in the CPSISC validation of the CPC08 National Training packages and the CBA Program to build capacity in assessment through the use of Action Learning and Assessment for Learning principles.
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