Author: pstenger

My Online Learning Planner and Reflection

As Careers & University Advisor the first action I will need to take is deciding on when I can best deliver activities to my grade 12 and/or 11 cohort of students.  It’s not as though Careers & University Advisors are given any time to present to our cohorts or students assigned to us.  There are many lessons or activities we would like to provide, like those we would have covered in our on-campus “Senior Retreat”, however now we’ll have to look for a time we can offer Zoom meetings for our cohorts outside of the school day and probably offer at least two times to accommodate those students not in Beijing.  of course we’ll record these Zooms for those students who could not attend.  Most of our work will be individually with seniors in the fall and juniors in the spring, utilizing study hall periods and after school hours.

The Online Learning Plan I created is for a grade 11 activity I will present in two 30-minute Mentoring times.  I plan to collaborate with Alec Nash who works in our department to introduce the Maia Learning platform to our juniors and to have them complete at least one of the four self-awareness assessments available through our subscription and then unpack the results so students have a better understanding of self and how this new knowledge can influences the decisions they make in the present and future.

Care has always been a focus of mine as school counselor, connecting with students, inclusion or ice breakers, listening and reflecting has always been a part of my role.  Online it’s not much different.  Reaching those students who do not attend is a goal, getting them motivated to attend as well as follow-up with students to measure consolidation of learning before moving on to the next topic.

I would like to learn more about the 5Cs.  In the 2018-2019 I was told by my team leader at the time that counselors were not going to be involved in the professional development program, so I’ve never received any information or training on the 5C’s.  As Careers & University Department we have weekly meetings but collaborating on individual activities or presentation will be a challenge especially online and at a distance as finding time is always a challenge.  In addition I’ll have to quickly assess the comfort levels of the new staff I will be collaborating with before we can create a plan of who will do what.

The Careers & University Department will work through the how and when, we already know the what.  We’ll have to work collaboratively as we have new staff and this is the first year with this complimentary high school counseling model.


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 7C’s)
    • 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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