Online will not play as much of a role in my classroom as others, as I have been Beijing the whole time and if most of my kids are here, then it won’t really be needed; however, if there is a 2nd wave or a new scare, then my class may fall out as follows.
Last year, much of my online work gravitated toward DX units, DX Thought discussions, and reflections, then weekly Zoom discussions as new content or reinforcement of material was needed. I have the feeling that much of this will carry over into this school year when required, with small changes, being made to the frequency of Zooms, the addition of new technical supports (apps and such), and a more proactive layout of upcoming events and expectations. Last year many things were broadcast into the future, but the routines and structures of where to find information and how to proceed were sporadic. Primarily due to the unexpected reality of the situation, certain systems were abandoned or less useful, while new systems became more prominent. My hope is that by starting the year with the possibility of interruptions and changes on the horizon, then systems and routines will be in place to make a transition more seamless and reliable.
My peer teaching cohorts did a reasonable job of collaborating and adjusting content and assessments last year. Still, I am hopeful that the addition of some more centralized and thoughtful database systems, like the DX sandbox and department OneNote, will make the dissemination of content and continuity of delivery across sections more predictable and symbiotic.
I would like to believe that we will slowly get back to normal as we approach the Fall, but the salty pragmatic part of my nature tells me these disruptions and change will occur again. With this in mind, I feel we as a school, as a department, and I, as an individual, will be well prepared to provide highly effective and relevant learning opportunities regardless of the nature of instruction.