The year 2020 has truly challenged us all in many sectors of our lives. Although it still posts many uncertainties to us, I believe the benefits will outweigh the hindrances at the end. COVID -19 has caught the teachers and students in International schools in China off-guarded and we were throwing in online learning without much preparation. As a math teacher, I feel my strength was keeping the curriculum as rigorous as if we were on the school campus and held myself and students responsible for them; providing students with thorough and detailed PowerPoints filled comments, scaffolded instructions, videos, and illustrations just to name a few; and offering a zoom meeting 3 hours per day for students to ask questions and get help. The area of growth was definitely face-to-face interaction. My students rarely participated in the live zoom meeting I invited them based on the results of their performance. Luckily, this will be easier for me to improve since students are allowed to go back to school in September.
As one of the small number of fortunate teachers in ISB, I can have lessons in school with my students who are in Beijing. Below is the image for the online and blended learning plan for the first cycle of this school year.
I see my math students every other day of the 8-day cycle and there are not that much of time for math content learning since I plan to spend two classes to know them, help them set up the accounts for online resources (Khan Academy, Learnzillon, and Desmos etc.), and establish the class learning environment.
To better incorporate online learning, blended learning, and personalized learning, I plan to
-organize DX clearly as recommended by school so students can navigate it easily
-plan my teaching and assessments using the cycle planner and follow it closely
-use Kahoot and Mentimeter more often this year to assess students’ understanding quickly
-post short direct instructional videos for students who are not in Beijing to use as well as students in Beijing who need to review what we covered in class
Using the 5Cs of Online Learning, I may set “clarify” and “captivate” as my goals in anticipation of future online instruction. I am confident that my plan listed above will help me achieve my goals.