Considering your previous experience with online learning, what are your instructional strengths & areas for growth?
Looking back at semester two experience, I realize that I can create more of a captivating learning environment for all my students. I have considerably more experience with various learning tools I also have spent the time over the summer prioritizing standards in order to focus on a deeper and more meaningful standards/topics to cover. My biggest area for growth last year was Consolidate and Clarify. Using tools like Loom, flipgrid, and my instructional partner, I believe I can get all my students on the same page in a much more efficient fashion than before. Last year, one of my strengths was care. I found myself, however, burning out a bit with the number of extra check-ins, parent emails, and student chasing. This year, I do want to capitalize on my strength of Care, but with more boundaries for myself. My plan is to try not to cram soooo much into a lesson so that I do have time to check in with my students individually to see how they’re going. With teaching grade eleven IB kids this year, they will come into school with a host of anxieties and worries. One thing my grade 10 kids enjoyed in the IDU last year was a ‘question/concern’ box that I checked each week. I could reach out to students individually and in groups to address common questions/concerns. I hope to utilize that weekly in order to connect with my students along with clarifying issues.
Looking further at my areas for growth last year, I hope to improve on more thorough and clear lesson plans. Starting off in February was rocky for me and my students. Part of this was due to deficiencies in curriculum planning from before February that could not be solved over zoom with teachers. Now that we are all closer to the same time zone and many of us on our way back to Beijing, our collaboration on lessons can allow for more teacher feedback and tweaking before we assign it to our students. Doing the online learning planner, I’m feeling a bit more confident that the teams I’m in can utilize these along with assigning team/unit leads in order to collaborate more effectively. Also, with this being the second year with similar teams and no new teachers and a similar curriculum, the collaboration will become smoother.
While I know, I will only be away from school for a few weeks, these couple weeks will be a different type of challenge with my students on campus waiting for me to come back and possibly no internet. By utilizing the beginning of the year to connect with my students meaningfully, I hope that relationships can still flourish without my physical presence yet.
I have worked helping my students consolidate their learning more consistently and more explicitly. A few things I have tried:
- Introduced One Note with daily lesson plans inserted so that students can easily go back to see them. Some informal feedback from kids told me that posting in a DX stream was not easy for them. I could also make use of the DX modules at the same time so that resources are accessible on multiple fronts.
- I have made use of explicit end of class routines. At the end of class, students have 5 minutes to write a small reflection of their learning. I’m planning to link these reflections more towards the content/language objectives very clearly after CNY. Right now it’s “What’s one thing you learned, what’s one thing you agree with, and what’s one thing you challenge or need to know more about?”
- I have reviewed at the beginning of each class what happened last class so that students can easily refresh before starting the class.
I’m hoping the use of these mechanisms to explicitly consolidate learning will help students better show their learning in all assessments. More importantly, I’m hoping it builds their confidence in the class. I think many students felt like they were lacking confidence in knowing/understanding the direction of the class and learning outcomes.
-Originally I thought I needed to work on management, however, I think Consolidate will be more effective.
Looking at the data, I found a few surprising things. The feedback questions are a bit interesting. A few kids felt like their feedback didn’t help them improve or wasn’t helpful enough for them to take the next steps in their work. It’s different than what I expected as I have tried to make it a point to give kids the next steps. I’d like to check for understanding on the feedback given (especially for formatives). I was really pleased with how high ‘confer’ was. It was reassuring for me that I am building a classroom culture where kids feel heard and free to speak. Both clarify and confer were lower than the other areas of the C7, so I feel it would be best to work on them in a focused way. Firstly, I think clarify was low because of my own lack of clarity with some of the content or holes in content. This is an easy fix and actually, I expect this to be a lot higher the second time around. Consolidate was the lowest of my scores. I feel like I wasn’t shocked to see this. I did not have solid routines in my classroom at that point. I think I’ve started to build them since the survey and am looking forward to their effectiveness in student learning.
7Cs Professional Growth Goal (to be completed after comp Professional Growth Self Reflection):
With both grade 9 and 10 classes/ mentoring groups, my goal is to become more consistent with my classroom management strategies in regards to responding to conflict, create classroom routines to support more engagement, and feel confident in strategies to re-engage students.
Which of the 7Cs will you work on this year? Why?
Classroom Management and Captivate. After reading the domain of “Classroom Management”, I feel like I could use more focus and understanding in that area. While I have some strategies for this, upon reflection, I feel as if I’m not consistent day-to-day or situation-to-situation. I fear shaming kids or making them feel uncomfortable in my classroom, but when student-on-student conflict occurs, I tend to get punitive and do not approach the conflict in a productive manner. I also selected ‘captivate’ because that may solve some of my other problems of students getting off task or refusing to engage. If I think about my students who may be tougher to engage, I can make adjustments to how I teach so that all my students can experience as much learning as possible.
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 7Cs)
- 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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