Author: ibruce

Consolidate …as well as ‘clarify’

On reflection of our student survey and December assessment results, I’m going to add ‘consolidate’ as a second goal to work on, in particular: “To help us remember, my teacher talks about things that we already learned”. Scopes and sequences, learning continuums and all those documents, meetings and reminders that tell us where we should be at each stage of the curriculum can sometimes mean I don’t give my students enough time to review their past – and impressive – learning. At the beginning and at the end of a lesson is a ‘convenient’ time to do this but is it better to seamlessly weave in past and present knowledge throughout the lessons in a week? Do the students have metacognition that they are ‘reviewing’ then? So the next time they answer they’ll answer ‘yes’ to that question in the survey?!

2019 wrap up as new decade dawns

I’ve been touched by the warmth and love of the kindergarteners, first and second graders towards us – their teachers. Even though I only see my students once every other day in the dual language program, a bond has been built and it was most striking these last couple of days when seeing them again after the winter break. Big eyed kids who are hoping for an opportunity to get you to themselves and tell you all about their holidays and share their memories. Although it is always hard to go back to school after a holiday, it’s more than bearable when met with such enthusiasm… as compared to a room full of adult computer gogglers staring at their screens of a large corporation! What opportunities will our students encounter in the next decade?


New year, new school, new goal – Clarify

CLARIFY is the Big C for me this year.

I will do this by creating and being more explicit in explaining the content objective and aligned language objective for teaching phonics and word study in the Dual-Language Enrichment teacher for K-2.

I hope that students will be able to say, read, understand and have success with the objectives.


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 7Cs)
    • 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.

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