Gettin’ Started

As many of my friends are in quarantine now, I cannot help but think about the journey we have all been on since last February and how it will continue into this next school year. Care is at the top of my list for our 5 Cs. It will be important to show compassion and kindness for my colleagues and other people I encounter throughout the day. Each of us is processing this time so differently and could use care to help us through this transition. And for my students, I cannot wait to get in the classroom with them, in person, but will start out building our relationship and community online. From my experience last year, I learned it was so important to connect with students and parents to help them feel comfortable and confident. I want to make sure I support and encourage students as we transition to a new learning format. To help me continue my learning in this area, I look to Brene Brown, Responsive Classroom, and the Institute for social and Emotional Learning.

My other 5Cs focus for the year is to collaborate. To make this year a success, collaboration will be key. I am taking everything I learned last year – communicating, sharing ideas, sharing resources, and the workload, and applying it to this year. Communicating and sharing ideas with the instructional partner, teaching assistant, and team makes the teaching stronger. It also allows for and more consistency for students, so they have a better experience. A big part of any learning is having students collaborate so I will be investigating further on how to accomplish this with first-grade students when they may not have the ability to post and reply to others online. I will definitely reach out to my team to understand what they have done at this grade level.

Like last year, I know this year will be a learning process.

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The Results Are In

With a new school year brings new focus.

As a third grade teacher, I want to have students that are curious about learning and self improvement but I think positive relationships with myself and classmates are equally important. After reviewing my 7 C results, I would like to focus on the areas of care and classroom management. I would like to focus on these areas because I feel like I put a lot of energy into it and yet I this area continues to be a struggle for me. I want to make sure my students know that I care about them and I want to feel confident. I also want to help my students understand the classroom routines and expectations so they feel comfortable and competent and are able to focus on learning.


Getting Started!!

I like the idea of planning for growth and thinking about getting better at my craft rather than being evaluated. It goes along with growth mindset, and that there isn’t really a finality to it, you just keep trying and experimenting.  My choice would be to focus on captivate and consolidate’ but it’s all in the survey. I enjoy working on curriculum; planning units and making learning interesting. I myself like learning and focusing on how to make topics more accessible and memorable to all students. 

 My students took the survey a little bit earlier in the weekIt was interesting to see them go through the questions and approach each part, lots of discussion and asking a lot of clarifying questions to figure out what was being asked. Predictions: My area of growth will be ‘caring’. I am trying to implement classroom routines and procedures. There is constant pushback and comments comparing this year to second gradeApparently I am a lot more strict or their memory has faded. An area of strength for me will be ‘confer’. I have tried to have class discussions about books we’ve read and topics we are studying – crickets! Even sharing their idea with a partner first doesn’t lead to more participation. They know that sharing ideas is a big part of third grade and that it is highly encouraged. If there is a specific answeras in maththey or more willing but sharing ideas and possibilities is a struggle. So this is something they already know about me.  

The results are in. My biggest surprise is that ‘care’ is one of my higher areas. I thought for sure it would be lower. I hear how much the kids talk but I guess that transfers to ‘caring’ which I do. I want them to be confident and successful. For that to happen they need to know what’s going on and what will happen next. A big surprise and area for improvement is ‘class management’! We constantly go over routines and what is expected. But looking at the questions, I get it. There is a lot of waiting for kids to catch up . and I can understand how they feel.   


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.

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