I am very excited that Grade One is among the first group of students going back to the campus on September, 1st. Although most of my students are currently in Beijing, I have a few students who are still overseas and need to do E-learning. In the last week, we had quite a few team planning meetings to plan instructions for the first week of school. We assigned roles and responsibilities for online learning subjects among team members. The summer project of scope and sequence for each subject gives me clear outline of how the pacing, instructions, and assessment look like. The social emotional learning and responsive classroom gave me a lot of good ideas of how to implement instructions for both online and blended learning.
Last year when I did online learning with students, I did a lot of synchronous small group teaching. I gradually got familiar with different zoom functions, and designed many collaborative activities which students could interact with each other during online learning. I found classroom management for the whole class online learning was very challenging. One important reason was that I did not set up online learning expectations with students at the very beginning. When I do online learning with students who are not in Beijing this year, I will make sure that I introduce it explicitly so that students know the norms of online learning.
Using the 5Cs of online learning, I would like to focus on Care and Collaboration. Morning meeting is very important and I could use this time to build relationship with my students. I would like to give students choices, voices when doing assignments and focus on personalized learning so that students feel welcomed in the classroom. For students who are not in Beijing, I would like to include them to the synchronous sessions as much as possible. I will also check in with them frequently to make sure that they are cared by their teachers. Since my partner teacher Madi is not back to Beijing yet, collaboration is extremely important in this critical time. I will communicate with Madi every day and talk about planning, students’ needs and communication with parents. My Grade One team is a very supportive team. We plan together frequently, people share resources with each other and respond to each other’s needs fast. Alexis and Lilian also support our team a lot. Now with all three dual language grades are on the same floor, I could check in with Victoria, and Michelle conveniently.
I know there may be a lot of challenges doing onsite learning and online learning at the same time, I think it will all work out with a supporting team.