Preparing for Online/ Blended Learning

As I transition to my new role as an MS Humanities teacher, I do so with a lot of excitement.  While starting the year online isn’t an ideal start, I’m looking forward to the various possibilities online learning presents to make this as strong a start of the year as possible for my classroom community.  I look forward to leveraging the potential of online and blended learning to create learning experiences that are engaging, student-centered, and takes into account the collective interests, knowledge, and experience of my students. I believe high-quality teaching and learning can happen through an online/ blended approach and I am committed to working hard to make this a reality.

What actions might you take in order to prepare for online and blended learning?

  • Become more familiar with the tools at my disposal. I am already comfortable with Zoom and various screencasting programs, but I want to familiarize myself with other platforms like Padlet, Edpuzzle, Flipgrid, and Nearpod as I explore various ways to make online learning as strong as possible.
  • Learn tools that can maximize learning time by minimizing time spent sharing materials and resources one at a time. Through platforms like Padlet and Flipgrid, I hope to build more effective reflection practices and gather feedback to enhance my instructional practices.
  • Establish a strong, respectful, intentional classroom community right from the get-go.

Considering your previous experience with online learning, what are your instructional strengths & areas for growth?

Strengths

  • Maintaining a strong classroom community
  • SEL
  • Creating captivating screencasts

 

Area for Growth

  • Finding a more organized way to keep track of the various tool we use during online learning
  • Giving feedback online
  • Maintaining records of student progress online
  • Making screencasts more concise

Using the 5Cs of online learning, what goals might you set for yourself in anticipation of future online instruction?

  • CARE: Check-in on students consistently.
  • CLARIFY: Give clear instructions and expectations. Anticipate potential misconceptions and think of ways to make these clearer for students.
  • CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: Develop online protocols as a classroom community and begin meetings with a review of these protocols.
  • CONSOLIDATE: Be mindful of the length of screencast lessons. Be intentional about what is included.  End lessons with a summarization of what was covered.
  • CAPTIVATE: Think of more ways to keep student engagement high during online learning

How might you achieve these goals?  Who might you reach out to for support?

  • Work closely with my team to establish shared expectations and responsibilities
  • Continue researching best practices

If you had a magic wand, what might the 5Cs of online learning look like in your classroom?

  • CARE: A strong community where everyone feels known, heard, and cared for.
  • CLARIFY: An environment where students don’t hesitate to ask questions of me and of each other
  • CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: Efficient use of time
  • CONSOLIDATE: Each lesson will end with a summarization of the learning objectives
  • CAPTIVATE: Engaging lessons where kids are excited to talk about their learning

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing your reflection from the last year and completing the planner. I, too, am excited that you have joined our MS team, and I look forward to supporting you and the team this year on how best to provide timely and effective feedback as well as providing the care needed to support our students.

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