(The above online learning planner was created for the first week of my Spanish I class.)
Online teaching and learning this year will prove to be a positive challenge for all participants. It is a great opportunity for teachers to think outside of the box and step out of our comfort zones, which will result in the growth and development of our teaching practices.
For me, it will be very important to make sure that I have a planned, yearlong scope and sequence for all four of my classes. I hope to complete those in the next week so that I have an overview of what will be taught this year. These will also be helpful when I meet and plan with my teams. Another action I need to take in order to prepare for online and blended learning is to ensure that I review DX, learn more about screencasting, and learn other programs that will facilitate online teaching and engage students.
Based upon eLearning last year, my instructional strengths are that I am knowledgeable in my teaching areas and am very organized. An area of growth would definitely be in teaching synchronously while out of Beijing and collaborating effectively with my instructional partner so that learning is seamless for students. I look forward to doing both.
Regarding the 5Cs of online learning and in anticipation of online instruction, I will be setting the goals of “captivate” and “clarify.” I hope to collaborate with my teams for both of these goals, as well as with the instructional coaches in the Office of Learning.
After reading through the Tripod student survey results, it was good to know that the students’ perception of consolidation coincided with my own. This is definitely an area on which I need to work. My highest in the “unfavorable 2” category was 23% and was in summarizing the learning we do each day.
Some areas I need to improve in are:
- knowing if something is bothering students
- trying to understand how students feel about things
- knowing when students don’t understand
- explaining in a different way when students don’t understand
- teaching students how to correct their mistakes
- taking the time to summarize what we learn each day
- expecting students to behave a certain way
Strategies I could use:
- exit tickets to summarize our learning
- periodic check-ins during class to assess understanding
- trying different ways of explaining topics
- more personal check-ins to see how students are feeling
My strengths are:
- challenging the students
- allowing students to share thoughts and ideas
- making learning enjoyable
- clarifying ideas
7Cs Professional Growth Goal: Consolidate
- Review and summarize lessons to help make learning coherent and memorable.
Which of the 7Cs will you work on this year? Why?
- Summarize big ideas at the end of lessons and review them periodically
- Ask students to summarize and synthesize what they are learning
I think that I need to be better at reviewing big ideas throughout the year and helping the students do the same.
||Evidence of Completion (deliverable showing completion of action step)
||Will be completed by (date)
|Determine what the big ideas are
||Clear unit essential questions and essential understandings
|Incorporate summary and synthesis in lesson plans
||lesson plans, unit plans
|Have students produce summary and synthesis of learning
||Student summary of big ideas