Teaching Without a Campus

The closure of the school campus, followed by the introduction of online teaching, and then the closure of the Chinese borders were challenges that I did not expect, especially not in my first year at ISB. It was a difficult time, I had not taught online before, and if I am honest I didn’t ever imagine becoming an online teacher. It’s the energy of the classroom, the rapid back and forth of ideas between students and their teacher, the relative ease of being able to spot students who are struggling in a physical rather than a virtual classroom. Never-the-less, students still required an education and all the SEL support that I could muster – even from afar.

I think back to what I was able to do last semester, and what I would have done differently had I been fortunate enough to have more time to prepare or the experience of knowing what would work and what wouldn’t! There were some decisions that I made which I think were right at the time – I made a decision to have a lot of one to one zoom sessions with my students, partly in order to provide the best support I could for my IB students individual students who were (at least in the early stages of online teaching) preparing for their IB exams, and because it seemed to help with my students various individual history (or in the case of 10th Graders Social Studies) projects. Talking to students one to one did seem to help a lot of them with their projects, and it did seem to mean that I was able to engage better with students social and emotional needs¬† – in some cases perhaps better than I had done before, I would go as far to say that many students were quite open about how they were doing when in a one to one environment, and when I felt this was warranted I was able to change activities and/or speak to counsellors. When I think of the quality of content that I provided to students I feel that it was much the same as that which I had provided during campus based teaching – being quite an enthusiastic user of DX from my very first days at ISB. Where I was undoubtedly lacking was in the quality of my online activities for my students – one thing that I am determined to work on if we return to an online only environment again! On balance, I think I did well last time, but I know (as I am sure some of my astute students also know) where I can improve!

If I can set myself goals for online teaching it is to ensure that I continue to work hard on Care, which remains, during this really difficult time for our students the most important of the 5Cs and hopefully one that I can make the most significant difference with.


Best of luck to everyone for the start of the new year!


Final Online Learning Planner



Setting Professional Goals

Wow, what a really busy first few weeks at ISB! As a newbie I have felt so well looked after by the welcoming team, supported by my colleagues and truly delighted by the wonderful students I have in all my my classes.

Two weeks in to classes its time for me to start thinking about goals for the coming year.

  1. I want to make sure that students know how much I care about their extra-curricular activities. I think the easiest way for me to do this is to ensure that I attend more extra-curricular events to watch sport meets, musicals and other events.

This is just my early thoughts on my professional goals for this year. I’m sure that next month when my students take surveys about me I can maybe consider other goals…Watch This Space!


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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