Sept 2020 Start-up

As I begin the school year sitting in Canada my biggest concern is how to connect with my students in a meaningful way and how to support each student’s SEL needs. Therefore, my initial focus will be to build a classroom community of trust for all students – those sitting in the classroom and those students who are waiting to return – and to ensure that as students return from abroad they instantly feel as if they are part of the 4NS classroom as soon as they walk through the door. Hence, as I prepare for online and blended learning, this will definitely be my focus until we are all sitting back in the classroom together.


What action(s) might you take in order to prepare for online and blended learning?

  • Establish morning meeting routines on day one
  • Incorporate a daily SEL activity to build 4NS community
  • Have folders/videos students can access for Mindfulness ideas and brain breaks and post a designated spot on the class blog where students can share their favourite brain breaks, mindfulness activities, etc …

Considering your previous experience with online learning, what are your instructional strengths & areas for growth?

  • Area of growth for me included mastering new online tools such as Zoom, Loom, and Flipgrid.
  • Areas for growth include needing to become more familiar with different educational software than will give me better differentiation options for my students

Using the 5Cs of online learning, what goals might you set for yourself in anticipation of future online instruction? How might you achieve these goals?

Captivate – my goal here is to make sure students are getting access to a variety of learning engagements that offer both differentiation and an element of choice. To achieve this goal I will need the help of my team to ensure that we are developing stimulating lesson plans that are not all presented in the same format.

Clarify – to ensure that all lesson objectives are clearly explained and contain multiple visuals for my EAL and LS learners. I will achieve this by providing clear “I can” statements for my COLO’s and ensuring that there is a daily check-in to check for understanding (Flipgrid, exit slips, and small groups zooms are some ways to achieve this.)


If you had a magic wand, what might the 5Cs of online learning look like in your classroom?

Care – that I could connect with each of my students immediately and provide each child with the amount of SEL support they need.

Which “C” Would Benefit Me?

As I reflect on my survey, I was pretty happy with my results. At this point, I am questioning if I should consider switching my focus from “Captivate” to “Consolidate” as I did have some interesting feedback here regarding reviewing what we discussed previously and summarizing at the end of each lesson. As I really sat back and reflected, I was a bit confused by the responses to the question, “To help us remember, my teacher talks about things that we already learned”. I received a score of “low” here, but we constantly are discussing what we did the previous day, and kids are even required to recall and share their learning in all subject areas on a daily basis. Therefore, I am not entirely clear on what the students thought the question was asking them.

The other interesting response was regarding debriefing. Upon further reflection, I realized that this is definitely a hit and miss depending on the time. I have a debrief time allocated for all of my lessons, but I realized that often I do not get to this because of lack of time. Time is always an issue, but I am struggling with the fact that we do not have transition times built into our schedule between recess/lunch blocks and with specialist classes. Thus, a 45 min block is often cut down to 35-40 minutes depending on where the students are traveling from. As I am getting used to the schedule, I am realizing that I need to adjust my pacing for lessons; however, I do not feel that this is reason enough to change my goal.

While I scored “in the green” in the area of Captivate, I still feel that this goal is relevant to me at the moment, as it pushes me to look at learning tools from a variety of different resources and to really think about my delivery of my lesson; hence, I still believe that this “C” will benefit me and the students in my room.


“Spice It Up!

Love means total acceptance. And there is no denying that when we accept someone completely, we also have to accept some “not so pleasant” elements which can poke us and cause pain. True love means to figure out how to deal with those elements in a way that the expression of our love can be the fullest. Video credits: Innerlight Media Group#saturdaymorning #relationshipgoals #love #acceptance #positivity #helpothers #lifesamazingsecrets #gaurgopaldas #dailymotivation #inspiration #saturdaywisdom

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When we first met with Clarissa and documented our goals, I came up with the following goal under the 7C’s Framework –Captivate,  “to effectively use appropriate technology to engage students in learning.” 

However, since our meeting, I reflected on challenges I was experiencing in my classroom, and have decided to change my goal to be more meaningful and really try to find ways to “design lessons that capture and hold my student’s attention”.  By doing so I know that technology will naturally become a part of this process, so in theory I am hoping to meet both goals.

The reason for my shift in thinking was that I quickly realized that the majority of my students are very visual; thus, I needed to find ways to make my lessons more appealing. So far I have had the opportunity to experiment with two lessons and make them (in my opinion) more engaging and more interactive.  My first attempt was by using a short video clip to evoke feeling for characters, and the second one was to try and use cute animal pictures as a way to help students experiment with different leads in writing.

My next steps will be to look at ways to differ the delivery of my Math and Inquiry lessons, as right now I feel they are all very similar and try to find ways (and time) to incorporate more spark, and add “a little spice” to my lessons.




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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