- What action(s) might you take in order to prepare for online and blended learning?
With additional of an IP this year, I am assuming anxiety that level will be high for both of us initially. In order to provide an environment that will be successfully for both Georgina we will need to be open an honest with each other. I need to be comfortable with hearing her feedback so I can make changes where necessary.
Taking the time to utilize my Dragon planning days to ensure I have proper plan for student engagement will be important. The use of tools to help continue the conversation (ie,. Padlet) after the lessons will also remain important.
Prompt responses to comments and feedback on learning and will be important to maintain the students’ positive attitude towards the current method of learning.
- Considering your previous experience with online learning, what are your instructional strengths & areas for growth?
Towards the end of the year I felt my morning meeting were successful. We met 3 times a week last year. Student turnout was good as well as students who did not participate in learning, but time wanted to still be part of the class. My proficiency in using different platforms for screencasts increased as well. I started to not feel the need to make it completely perfect, as sometimes teachers make mistakes. In the beginning I would start, stop, start, stop. This led to longer times when recording, ultimately losing efficiency.
Areas that I would like to improve on will be the live teaching via Zoom. I am most concerned about those small moments when you are teaching where a connection is made. The funny little things that happen are going to be more difficult to see and notice.
Pre-Assessment will be an area I will be working on as well. Last year when we went to an online model, we know our students. This year it will need to be handled with more care.
- Using the 5Cs of online learning, what goals might you set for yourself in anticipation of future online instruction?
Care will be my focus of my learning. The connection with the student is so important. If students don’t have buy in with the class, IP and teacher, their learning will be below their potential. Again, the challenge of building this relationship was already in place last year. Remaining flexible and open to new possibilities will be key. I look forward to the challenge of being that relationship.
- How might you achieve these goals? Who might you reach out to for support?
Achieving the goal of building a solid relationship with my students is through authentic conversations and interactions. These would be achieved through fun interactions in morning meetings, live class interactions and small group sessions that provide constructive feedback that challenges the students.