Online Reflection

What action(s) might you take in order to prepare for online and blended learning?
Tight coordination with the IP’s or any teacher that will be in the room physically with the students in Beijing. Additionally, making sure that there is enough supplemental information and support of concepts especially for the students who are still outside of ISB.

Considering your previous experience with online learning, what are your instructional strengths & areas for growth?

I find that I communicate best face to face and I will often prefer to walk over to a student or colleague to speak with them rather than sending an email. One area of growth due to the lack of ability to communicate in person is to make sure that emails to students and colleagues are detailed enough yet direct and to the point so that information is not missed. Essentially I can improve the clarity of my emails.

Using the 5Cs of online learning, what goals might you set for yourself in anticipation of future online instruction?

Communication and collaboration are key things to master online due to online learning’s inhibiting influence on these C’s. Setting up classroom norms and expectations that are clear from the start and practicing these norms will help me increase efficiency and efficacy in my classroom.

How might you achieve these goals? Who might you reach out to for support?

I can seek help from teacher colleagues who I know are doing a great job of communicating effectively and in a caring manner virtually with their students.

If you had a magic wand, what might the 5Cs of online learning look like in your classroom?

The 5C’s of online learning would reflect very closely what they would look like in a face to face classroom. A caring space where students would be able to turn their videos on without fear of judgement from the teacher or their peers and yet also be a place that is challenging to them and allows for them to exercise their creativity. It would also be place that is fun and engaging and somewhere that the students WANT to be.


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!

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