Here is my online learning weekly planner – Week 1 EY3KB
Since I am new to ISB, I will just put it out there – I have A LOT to learn. I know this will take me some time, but I am confident that I will learn the ropes quickly, as I have really supportive colleagues. The biggest challenge thus far has been to find the time to complete everything. I also know, that the quicker I learn the different ways in which we do our admin at ISB, the quicker I will get more organized and allocate my time more wisely.
When completing this online planner, there was a lot of collaboration between myself and my colleagues in EY3, including my TF, Cindy Curtis. We all knew that this year would be a very different start than any other year, but I feel that completing last year online, gave us some useful experience and a bit of a foundation on which to build to start this year. There is a lot that I have learned last year, when it came to online learning and keeping the learning interactive. It is certainly a mind-shift and one needs to really think creatively how to get our children active while learning. I do feel like this also gave parents a greater insight on what we mean when we say we ‘learn through play’. By posting videos or photo activities on Seesaw, they got to see how we intend for the learning to happen at home – getting children moving and having fun while learning.
An example of such an activity is when reviewing shapes we have learned. Place some shapes on one end of the room in a hoop and other shapes in a hoop about 4 meters apart. Now, ask students to collect a shape from the other side, all the while moving in a certain way: i.e. skip to the other side and find the circle. Now put it on your tummy and move like a crab to bring it to the other side.
For future online (and in person) instruction, I will strive to keep my lessons captivating by making sure it engages every one in the class. It is important that I remember that not all learners learn in the same way and as such, I need to vary my way of instruction. It is also vital that I continually make sure the children are challenge in an attainable way. Classroom management is an area in which I will always feel like I can grow and I hope to do more personal development in this area. This year, I will also rely more on my TA to ensure there is enough clarification to enhance understanding.
Knowing that I am now in a school where there is a culture of collaboration, I am looking forward to learning from my colleagues and sharing best practices to enhance my teaching. There is always something to be learned from others and by presuming positive intentions, I will strive to remain in a professional dialogue with my colleagues. I feel that there is a supportive atmosphere at ISB and this makes one feel even more willing to go the extra mile.
I am excited to be a part of this team and look forward to working alongside positive people, planning for intentional, joyful learning experiences.