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?
- Maintaining a strong classroom community
- 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