- Considering your previous experience with online learning, what are your instructional strengths & areas for growth?
With my experience from last school year, an area of strength is collaboration. The G9 and Psychology teams work quite well together. We plan lessons together and have common assessments to ensure equity in our subject group. With the high levels of collaboration we are able to captivate our students with engaging lessons, another area of strength. Area of growth is care. In these tough and unusual times, it will be more important for each teacher to be able to not only identify students at risk but also ways to effectively reach and help those students. In this online learning environment, clarity is something that seems always fleeting. It is something that will always be a work in progress.
- Using the 5Cs of online learning, what goals might you set for yourself in anticipation of future online instruction?
Care. This will be an area of increased focus. As we progressed through online learning last year, a few students fell through the cracks. As an educator, any time a student is faltering there is a feeling of disappointment. Online learning can be a very difficult and stressful time and it is important we are kind and understanding. Deadlines will not always be met, for a multitude of reasons and we have to understand that. The holistic approach to student development should be our focus and if student mental and emotional health is faltering, we should prioritize that.
In order to work on care, I will spend more time in the beginning of the school year to build rapport and establish norms, as well as essential agreements. I will endeavor to make every student feel comfortable and looked after. I will endeavor to make every student feel safe in the online learning environment. I will endeavor to make every student feel confident week to week about online learning. Lastly, I will endeavor to also look after myself. When I am at my best, my students will get the best out of me.
- How might you achieve these goals? Who might you reach out to for support?
To achieve these goals, I will consult Brian Germain for help and tips on using technology platforms. I will collaborate with our counseling department to better identify at risk students and utilize inclusion activities from our IFSEL training. I will also be a risk taker. There will be online learning platforms I am not familiar with. I will give them a try, especially if they help me better reach my students and make them more comfortable in class.