Online learning is different than how it has been in the traditional classroom. Although the article “How to Teach Online So All Students Feel Like they Belong” provided several tips, it was not easy. Doing blended learning is entirely different than how it is only online learning. It’s good to plan and think about my teaching practice before the new school year starts.
I feel lucky that I will be in the classroom at the beginning of this year. It is an excellent opportunity to build strong positive relationships amongst students other than virtual. I have been thinking about how to get to know my new students, how to engage them, and how to teach them the skills they need to learn.
Regarding the curriculum and units, the shortened class time to 60 minutes within the 8-day cycle is the challenging part. Many things I need to consider: tailor each student’s individual needs, adjust the pace of an 8-day plan, etc.
Considering the Tech tools, I am excited about what I learned and used last school year and implemented with my classes. I believe there are a lot of great resources to explore; however, some students will feel challenged when registering an account for different online tools for different subjects. It takes a lot of time and could easily make them frustrated; sometimes, even parents found it not easy. It will be great if Laura or Clint might be able to make the process smooth.
Looking at the 5 Cs of online learning: Clarify, Care, Consolidate, Classroom Management, Collaborate, I feel comfortable and confident in the areas of Care, Classroom Management, and Collaborate. I plan to continue to make myself clarified and challenging myself to “captivate” students and help engage their interest in learning both inside and out of the classroom.