As a teacher, the 2020-21 academic school year is definitely a challenging one.
When I first started to read those materials on DX which prepared by school for helping teachers to have a clear understanding of online learning and guiding teachers to be prepared to move fluidly between the various new models of learning, there was no other word than “overwhelming” can describe my feeling. However, after I read them over and over again, I felt that I was more and more confident about how to plan an online learning class well and efficiently.
There are some major shifts with the new Common Practices for DX, I think the “About this course” tab is the most helpful one among them for students to have a big picture of their learning and the Departmental Sandbox is the most helpful one for teachers to collaborate in creating content for students.
In terms of Online Learning Platform, I should to remind myself to treat it as a place where students engage and learn, not just a place to just post things. This is the place where students will access information and resources, engage with me and their peers, and submit their work for feedback and evaluation.
I also learned a lot from the process of developing my first 8-day cycle of learning for my grade 12 Chinese B HL II class. The following is some of what I was planning to do for the class.
- In order to help students to feel connected to me and the class, I will provide a video of myself explaining a concept because this way can make students feel that he/she is not alone.
- In terms of care, I will establish opportunities for a safe place to ask questions by sending individual message.
- Students can decide when to be assessed and how to get the feedback from me for them to make improvement. Students will assess their strengths and areas for growth to engage in deep and relevant learning by doing this.
- When doing the pair-up activity to assess students I will host a synchronous discussion by using Zoom to allow students to engage in a real-time discussion.
Just like I said above after I read those made me felt overwhelming stuff over and over again, I felt that I was more and more confident about how to plan an online learning class well and efficiently.
Looking forward to a successful and wonderful school year!