First unit of grade 11 Analysis and Approaches HL
Here is the first unit from my grade 11 course. I have made it fairly generic so that I can reuse it. This OLP document can give a brief outline of the unit, but it does not help with my daily preparation. For math teaching, a daily plan is much more helpful than a unit plan. I tend to have one or more learning targets each day that do not typically stretch over multiple lessons. They are related, of course, but need to be separated for planning purposes.
I am sure that you can understand that I am more nervous than usual about the start of this school year. It is looking more and more like I will be in quarantine for the first couple of weeks of classes. At least I will be in the same time zone!
I am also concerned about the lack of success I had with zoom meetings last semester. Students either didn’t find them necessary, so they didn’t attend or they just came to “see their friends”. I also found my students less willing to ask or answer questions in that environment. As a result, I am concerned that most of the required zoom meetings will be me and my Teaching Partner trying to get kids to interact. It is my hope that the atmosphere in the classroom with the Partner Teacher, will feel more “normal” and that those kids will be active in the lesson. It is my fear that we will be spending our hour staring at each other.
I am going to try to incorporate more daily “understanding check-ins”. My plan is that these can be done immediately and online and we can discuss results and identify misconceptions. As lead teacher for three courses, including a brand new grade 9 course, I am not sure how long I will be able to last creating this new content. (Especially if DX continues to treat me like it did last year. Perhaps the TP can help administer these.)
First things first: I am focused on getting to Beijing. I hope to see you in person soon.
We are 16 weeks into our 2-week delay to the start of school after the New Year break. Who could have predicted that we would still be e-learning to finish the school year!
My plans to Consolidate went completely out of my head, but in retrospect, it is a good part of online learning. Because students were not there to ask clarifying questions, I found myself being more obvious about daily outcomes and big ideas.
With each post in my Advanced Geometry class, I tried to give a brief description of what they could expect to see in the daily lesson. Just as I would in the classroom, I tried to build-in time for students to try problems first (“Stop the video here and…”) before watching my solutions (“I am going to start by adding this auxiliary line to the diagram, do you want to stop the video and try again?”) On some of the homework pages, I summarized the new ideas for the lesson.
I still feel like I could be doing this better. I don’t want to provide students with a set of learning outcomes up front. (I have a feeling they will take these to their tutors and study ahead. Studying ahead is a great pet peeve of mine and will perhaps be the subject of a future post.) I still like the idea of a central place (in the classroom) where we, as a class, can keep track of the new learning for the day. Maybe I can find a way to do this in DX.
I am keeping a list of improvements to my online teaching that I will implement at the beginning of next school year.
The results of my survey support my self-assessment in the Consolidate category; however, the survey does not support my self-assessment in Captivate. I thought Captivate was poor, but the survey indicates that this is my highest category.
As I mentioned before, I believe that growth in Consolidate is more important to me at this stage than the others.
I was also surprised a bit by my scores in Classroom Management. There seem to be a couple of kids who think the behaviour of their peers is unacceptable. I don’t see this. Perhaps they require a quieter working environment; perhaps they do not like the active participants in our class discussions? (Hard to believe they like it quieter than I do!)
One item that caught my eye was my worst result of the survey: “My teacher takes the time to summarize what we learn each day.” 29% gave a negative response. With this HL class, this is likely true. I don’t do this as often or as obviously as I do with my weaker classes.
Upon reflection, I can see that even my HL kids would benefit from this summary of the daily goals.
After some discussion with my department team, I have decided to steal a couple of their ideas. To make changes easiest (and therefore sustainable), I will attempt to create a Unit Plan that contains a Daily Plan with outcomes and homework for each day. I can also include assessment dates. This will be posted online and in the classroom.
In addition, at the end of the lesson, I will summarize the important ideas from the day and write these on the board along with the homework.
Overall, I am pleased with my self-assessment. I feel confident that I am teaching my students effectively.
My weakest category seemed to be “Captivate” (scoring the fewest number of “To a Large Degree”s). However, I believe that the areas of weakness here are less important to effective teaching and learning than some other categories. Maybe I’m wrong and will see the benefits of these in the future.
The category I would like to build on is “Consolidate” (scoring 2/1/4). I feel that there are a couple of key items here that I would like to develop and that I believe will lead to better learning. These revolve around reflection and summary. I think I can improve my students learning by better focusing on highlighting key ideas for each lesson. I would like to do this either myself or learn effective ways to get the students to do this themselves.
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