As we prepare to start the 2020-21 academic year in a similar situation as to how we finished the end of last year, the school has set us some online modules to complete. During this process it allowed me to think about my teaching within this new model we find ourselves and also become acquainted as to the expectations set by the school.
Here is my first attempt at the online learning planner being used by ISB.
The reason I’ve stated this is my first attempt is that I know it can be better and I know I will improve as a learner during this process. Just as I hope my students will.
Last year was a challenge. Trying to utilise a phone and a temperamental iPad meant trying to create lessons and communicate took patience and resilience. Now that I finally have a laptop to help streamline certain processes this will certainly help with my mental health at least. However, I still have concerns going into this year and I hope that the school understands the difficulties teachers find themselves in by being away from Beijing and the challenges this provides. It is my hope that there is compassion when dealing with teachers who are feeling overwhelmed with this process, just as much as we do when trying to help students. If I’m being honest, having completed the online modules I am feeling overwhelmed at this moment with everything that lies ahead with work and also trying to get back to Beijing.
This has allowed me to reflect on my teaching practice and my interactions with my students. I have always tried to be open and honest with my students and will continue to work on building relationships with them so that they can feel safe and have the confidence to speak up if something does not feel right. This is the major takeaway I’ll be keeping at the forefront of my mind during this period of online and blended learning. Care will certainly be my priority for the students…and myself.