Classroom Management

After reviewing the survey results of my students I learned that from their perspective I should change my goal. I originally chose “Confer” as a goal to work as a way to elevate my students’ perspectives and hear their voice.

Confer

My professional learning has taken many fits and starts over my brief teaching career. Having already taught and assumed multiple roles in a school during my relatively short career, I have always sought out new goals to challenge myself. Whether these goals are a community-based goal, student-focused or simply attempting to practice better organization for my professional space in more efficient manner I always aim to challenge myself.

This year I am excited to take on the challenge of a new and potentially innovative professional growth model. As a teacher, I find it most important to remember that this profession is truly a “calling”, and as educators we are called to the cultivation of our students first and foremost. I am invigorated by the challenge that student-feedback will provide to our professional learning targets and look forward to what happens next.

The “7C” that I would like to focus my growth towards is Confer. “Teachers who confer encourage and value students’ ideas and views. They seek and respect students’ thoughts, opinions and input as part of the learning process.”

While I do identify with that statement, the reflection questions revealed a deeper nature to what it means to “Confer” with students. For the pilot session I decided to use a Grade 2 class. As a teacher of grades 1-5 the way I deliver instruction to students of different age groups vary wildly.

While I try to constantly invite students to provide their ideas and discuss, I fear that I do not do so effectively and meaningfully for younger students. I do not feel like I provide time to give diverse viewpoints or have students share their thoughts about how learning activities should go. I do not do a great deal of group discussion and peer feedback, perhaps in a lack of “trust” in the quality of the conversation that might happen unsupervised in younger students.

Often in an lower ESPE class like Grade 2, I am co-teaching and managing a group of 35-42 students, who show up at different times, have a varying English language level and a short,  40 minute block. I find it is very difficult to provide time for students to have meaningful time to reflect on their lesson when trying to maximize the hands-on activity time in such a short and busy block. I do my best to respond to any comment or question respectfully, but sometimes under time pressures I can forget the young age of my students.

At the end of the class its important to do a “cool down” or reflection period which sometimes gets skipped due to clean-up in the gym or an inability to pull students (often out of a rousing game) in quickly and easily for a discussion. This is important time that students can use to reflect upon the theme of that day’s class and synthesize it with information they already know. I look forward to the results of the survey and how young students receive my teaching.

 

Welcome!

Welcome to your Professional Learning Blog! This is a place for you to post your goals, and reflect on them throughout the year.

  • Decide on your goal, perhaps in consultation with your colleagues or principal, and create a post to share with this online professional learning community that you are now a part of! Categorise this post in Goal Setting. Set your goal by considering:
    • Self assessment and reflection based on new teacher standards  (Tripod 7C’s)
    • Previous or new observation data from peers and principals
    • Student surveys (online surveys developed and aligned with 7C’s)
  • Identify colleagues, coaches, principals etc. that will play a supporting role in achieving your goal, and invite them to view and comment on your post. Encourage them to bookmark your blog and visit regularly.
  • Throughout the year, collect and share evidence to support your progress. Categorise these posts in Reflection.
  • Encourage your colleagues to share your learning journey by engaging with your blog. In return, engage with their blog (and others across the School)
  • You may also like to share work that your students have created or your own professional achievements that may not be directly related to your goal setting. This is encouraged! Categorise these posts as Showcase.

If you need support using this platform, please don’t hesitate to contact Ed Tech, we are always happy to be of assistance!

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