Online Orientation Reflection

The online orientation was a great introduction to ISB. The modules were informative and provided insight into what we will be seeing as we come into the classroom in the upcoming weeks. I loved to see the importance of SEL and it is evident to anyone who completed the training that providing students with an open minded and well-balanced education is the top priority of the school. The 7 C’s help teachers to assess their own practice and create goals throughout the upcoming year to work on and improve on. The last few years of my teaching practice I have been working to Clarify and Consolidate my own lessons. As a new teacher I often did too much.  This will be my first year working with Grade 1 students and I feel teaching explicit concise lessons with clear teaching objectives is the most beneficial for their education and for my own sanity and organization. This year I hope to continue to work on these, while also mastering a balance of care in terms of classroom management. As we discussed last week, classroom management is the backbone to success in all areas and needs to be done in a positive way to create a safe learning space.

I also found the brief introduction to technology, websites and on-line resources available to the ISB staff very useful. This was a huge weakness at my previous school and it was nice to get to take a look into the importance of technology, as well as the platforms we will be asking the students and staff to use for collaboration and data collection.

I am more of a hands-on learner, and get much more from being in the school and learning face to face. Having said that, I was grateful to come in knowing what to expect and the basic systems, curriculums and beliefs used at ISB. Some of the organization of the on-line orientation could be improved for next year’s new staff. A simple checklist with the modules and action tasks could provide helpful, especially if they had direct links to any incomplete work. Overall the orientation complimented the in-person orientation beautifully. I look forward to the year ahead!




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 7Cs)
    • 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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