It’s hard to believe we’ve made it to the end of summer 2020 and the beginning of the new school year! As we approach the first day back with students, there is much to reflect upon and plan ahead for.
There are some new challenges for me: new role, new grade level, new expectations, new instructional model. But, I have an entire semester’s worth of experience to draw upon and a strong new team to support me. Reflecting on last semester’s successes, I believe we were successful largely due to the collaboration amongst the team, in planning lessons, recording lessons, and sharing live Zoom times for the entire grade level. I think this strong collaboration will continue to be valuable this year. A new partnership that I will have to navigate is with my instructional partner. S/he will need support in a new role, and we will need to frequently communicate about students. I will also need to work closely with my Dual Language partner who will be present on campus.
In order to be the best partner/team member that I can be, I have spent time this summer familiarizing myself with the grade 3 curriculum content and the priority standards. I have started preparing outlines for individual lessons and units so that I can begin the year strongly.
At the beginning, I want to focus heavily on the C of Care. Starting a new year virtually, with new students, will be very different than transitioning to virtual learning after already knowing the students. I want to make my Morning Meetings this year a time for the students to learn about me and each other. The goal is to build the strongest classroom community we can, even if we’re not all in the same space. And even though I can’t be in the same room as the students, I want them to know how much their learning and well-being matter to me.
After crafting new goals based on the survey results, I created a couple of Keynote slides to share the results with my students and make my goals known to them. I want to model being a reflective learner for my students, and invite them into this process.
After reviewing the results of the first student survey, I have decided to stick with the area of Clarifying for my goal, as that is the area my students scored me the lowest in.
Looking at the descriptors underneath Clarifying, I am going to revise my specific 2 goals from my first post.
Initially, I wanted to improve my area of Clarifying by 1) regularly including informal, formative assessments into every lesson, and 2) regularly providing specific feedback to students. I think questions 1 and 2 from the survey results provide better goals for me than I originally wrote.
My new goals to improve the way I clarify things for students are: 1) regularly ask students if they are understanding, and give them ample time to ask questions, and 2) use a variety of comprehension checks during lessons (thumbs up, fingers 1-5, etc.). Additionally, I want to start 3) regularly summarizing lessons at the end by going back to review the COLOs. This technically comes from my results in the area of Consolidate, but I feel it fits in well with ensuring that students are understanding, and connects with the work I am doing to support EAL students.
Based on my pre-survey reflection results, in combination with the needs of the EAL students I serve, I have chosen to focus on growing in the area of Clarifying. In this area, I feel like I already recognize when students are not understanding, and I am providing multiple explanations to help students understand. I can improve in the areas of providing regular assessments and feedback.
My 2 goals are:
I will ensure that I include informal, formative assessments into every lesson.
I will provide specific feedback to students regularly.
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.
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