Teaching learning support with online learning is completely different than how it has been on campus and how it is done for the majority of teachers at ISB. Due to the nature of Learning Support, to have the one-on-one skill building WHILE supporting differentiation and personalized learning in the core class with on-line learning is not as feasible as it is in the traditional classroom. With that, we have focused more on supporting core classes.
- What action(s) might you take in order to prepare for online and blended learning?
- With learning support, I often work with students individually and with stations. This works hand and hand with blended learning. As I prepare for online learning I will consider the stations that the instructional partner can work on with groups of students while I deliver a whole class lesson at the beginning or work with individual students later.
- Considering your previous experience with online learning, what are your instructional strengths & areas for growth?
- With online learning, my students are able to advocate for themselves more and to work with their strengths more. They learn which platforms and modes work for them best and are able to watch videos and review material without judgement or pressure from the traditional classroom.
- An area of growth is targeting students who are not as involved or interactive with online learning.
- Using the 5Cs of online learning, what goals might you set for yourself in anticipation of future online instruction?
- With learning support, care is always on the forefront of my mind. My students will need more care, especially socially and emotionally, as well as academically. I need to ensure my students are acknowledged and present in their classes with online learning
- The hardest part for learning support, even with online learning, is captivating and challenge. Sometimes students do not see the end game or the purpose for certain activities, especially for reading and writing. With online learning, hopefully I can make these lessons and activities more captivating and engaging for students when they are not working with me individually.
While Online Learning seems more challenging for Learning Support, it has shown how resilient and adaptive my students can be. They have learned skills and overcome obstacles far better than I could have ever expected. It also created a space where my students felt even more comfortable with me advocating for support and assistance with their assignments. In the future, I will definitely continue to use many of these online platforms that I may would have never had the experience using