- What action(s) might you take in order to prepare for online and blended learning?
I think that my (our) team’s first corse of action will be to communicate and utilize the strengths of each other’s strengths . Also, to begin to unpack the requirements and the schedule for the first couple of weeks of school. We will be coming at this from many places, geographically and emotionally. I am eager to jump in and get a feel for what needs to be done.
- Considering your previous experience with online learning, what are your instructional strengths & areas for growth?
I enjoyed meeting one on one with students in order to give feedback and for SEL check-ins. I was able to create a pretty intuitive and smooth daily lesson template for the students to use. I will be working on following up on feedback and making sure that students implement it to improve their work.
- Using the 5Cs of online learning, what goals might you set for yourself in anticipation of future online instruction?
I would like to work on Clarify. Due to the rapid start of online learning in the spring I think I did not cement expectations or guidelines during online Zoom meetings. This term I think routines and expectations will need to be clearly stated and completely understood in order to begin the school year on the right foot.
- How might you achieve these goals? Who might you reach out to for support?
I will definitely be using many of the things I have learned in the modules to set my expectations for our time online. I will be reaching out to my Grade 5 teammates. I was so impressed with how we communicated and adapted to ensure the lessons we taught last year were engaging and the students needs were met.
- If you had a magic wand, what might the 5Cs of online learning look like in your classroom?
If I had a magic it would be to create a personal assistant. Someone who would facilitate my meeting times with students and to take notes during our one-on-one meetings. They would encourage me to incorporate things I had missed and would generally be there to keep my spirits high. I would use it to reach students who I know struggled so mightily with the new platform of online learning.
My goals for this school year are items which I have reflected on over the course of my career. I have always enjoyed student-led conferences because I love to hear the children talk knowledgeably about what they have studied or created during the school year. It is my desire to incorporate some kind of reflection or student-involved discussion about their learning more than once a year and hopefully, more often; this leads me to my goals this year.
- I would like to focus on the first couple of minutes of the lesson in order to target prior learning.
- I would also like to review/reflect directly on each lesson or each day’s learning and to transition this (if needed) into a weekly reflection of learning. Initially, I foresee students turning to talk, but this could become more formal with a Seesaw post or a journal entry on a weekly basis.
- Working on my management within each lesson. Small routines which will add to the overall learning time.
I believe these will help my students to better speak or write about what they are learning. I have realized while observing their SLC’s throughout the years, the topics that they are able to speak to are the what they have learned. To give them the opportunity to do so more often will help them immensely.
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 7C’s)
- 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.
If you need support using this platform, please don’t hesitate to contact Ed Tech, we are always happy to be of assistance!