I feel quite comfortable with the concepts of blended learning and flipped classrooms. During the period of online learning last year, I naturally fell into a flipped classroom model, and I am comfortable experimenting with new technologies and trying to blend them into my activities. I am excited to take some of what I learned during that time and incorporating it into my physical classroom, for example in stations, as we observed in one of the videos from this module.
I am very used to setting clear learning objectives and incorporating the personal elements of Care into my lessons. I also feel comfortable giving feedback, although I know we will need to coach students on staying on top of their notifications and acting on the feedback they receive.
Where I know I will feel challenged is in creating detailed plans for an entire 8-day cycle. I tend to plan day by day, and I often alter lesson plans after having thought them out due to assessment data I gathered or questions students posed. In fact, I feel like the requirement to post all of our activities, due dates, etc. for each 8-day cycle is somewhat at odds with the spirit of formative assessments and tailoring our lessons to students’ needs. I know I can probably go back in and update that information, but will that end up being more confusing for students if I’m constantly changing those important reference items? I imagine some folks in the OOL might be able to help with this.
I also wonder about the requirement to have assignments due on day 7 or 8, depending on the meeting days of the class. Does this mean we are not allowed to have assignments due on other days? If so, this seems like a somewhat arbitrary parameter. It seems artificial and unrealistic that the end of the cycle would always magically match up with when we are wrapping up a topic and assessing it. Perhaps I’m misunderstanding this requirement.
Overall, I welcome the organization, and I think it will be beneficial to students.
After getting my students’ feed back and now Fred’s latest visit to my classroom, I am indeed going to focus on Consolidate as a growth area. As I mentioned to Fred in our meeting, I often do check-ins where students rate themselves on how far they got in an assignment or how comfortable they are feeling with the material, but I think they and I could benefit from some more concrete check-ins – I’ll try getting back to exit tickets, short formatives and more pointed wrap-up questions to help plan subsequent lessons.
Got the results – some surprises, some not. I often think that the major “thinking” on education don’t apply to World Language teaching. For example: “My teacher makes us explain our answers – why we think what we think.” This is the opposite of what we are meant to do in WL teaching – we want kids to use, not explain why or over dissect the language, so in a way a negative response is a positive????
I wonder if I should have chosen a bigger class for a larger sample size, but it seems the kids would suggest I focus on “consolidate” more than “challenge”. Maybe I should tweak my goals.
I had a lot of light green, which I guess is positive. Now I’m wondering if I should scrap all my ideas and do “care” – I would like to do a better job at showing kids I am there for them!
I need to ponder…
Took the survey – I guess it’s just for my own reflection. Results were mostly not surprising, but maybe a little. Did alright in Care, better in Confer, Captivate & Classroom Management, less so in Clarify, Consolidate & Challenge. Of those lower three, chose the first and last as my goal foci.
Clarify – I expect students to self-monitor their own progress & needs, but I think I need to provide them more support & strategies to do so. Currently I see only some students know how to or actively attempt to do this.
Challenge – While I do genuinely try to bring all students into the activities & content, I don’t always persist with students who tend to disengage. I would like to have more perseverance in helping students to have more perseverance.
Have some ideas but will definitely need some support – Fred is my man.
Should be good, but a lot on the plate at the moment. Maybe after BTSN & trips are over…
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