I have been attending conferences and webinars to prepare for the online learning this school year. It is helpful for me to listen to and learn from educators from America, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and other regions regarding pedagogies, strategies, and technologies that they found useful, efficient and inspiring in the online learning environment. I feel it is essential for me to know what technology tools are available when I need them and how to create an engaging and safe online environment so that learning can happen. As a new hire, I appreciate that ISB put together a series of trainings. Not only that I learned ISB’s mission, curriculum, instruction and assessments, I am also able to experience the online platforms that students will soon be using to begin their school year in grade 3. With the help of Lilian, Allison and other team members, I got the chance to preview grade 3 and dual language curriculums before summer and have time to prepare ahead. I have also registered all the professional development sessions that ISB recently provided. I look forward to learning more, collaborating with my team, and starting online with my students.
Considering the complexity of opening online learning for 4 days and then transferring back to campus, my partner Kelly and I have decided to meet on Zoom to plan ahead together. I view this as an opportunity for us to collaborate and build a sense of community among our students. I would very much like to start the first day with all students and my partner Kelly together through Zoom, where we can introduce ourselves and get to know all the kids in grade 3 dual language classes no matter where they are at the moment. I also feel that it will foster a caring learning environment and help any new students feel welcomed and involved.
I am sure that Care is the priory for all teachers this year. SEL is a big part of teaching and learning. In the first 2 weeks, I will focus on planning purposefully to build relationships with my students, cultivate a caring environment where students feel safe to learn from and support each other. In order to do so, I will increase the live sessions with students, share my face and voice, and provide opportunities for them to connect and collaborate. I will also utilize opportunities to conduct activities that include family members, so that parents are actively involved.
Below is a Weekly Online Learning Planner for Math Module 1. The planner is designed to increase face to face time with students and build community as a class in order to support students in SEL. There is also build-in time at the end of Zoom lessons and quick surveys using Poll feature to provide an additional layer of Care.