What action(s) might you take in order to prepare for online and blended learning?
The key to our team’s success (and this is a team effort – impossible to do by one’s self) is planning ahead as much as possible. With Grade 5 teachers in on campus, in quarantine, in transit, in different US time zones, figuring out how to work smarter, not harder, is going to be the first thing we need to do. It’s hard to wrap my head around the flow of the day because the schedule is so different than what we are used to.
Considering your previous experience with online learning, what are your instructional strengths & areas for growth?
My strengths are in figuring out ways to create community as a grade level. I initiated our first grade-level assembly and also took care to make our eoy ceremony meaningful as well. On the academic side, I am strong in the ELA online delivery, so I took a lot of that on. I had a lot of trouble with feedback in a timely manner. The feedback loop takes so much longer online than in person.
Using the 5Cs of online learning, what goals might you set for yourself in anticipation of future online instruction?
I think the biggest one is to CLARIFY. The hardest thing to do is to get students to totally understand your expectations. I think also the clarification of technical skills and where to find things and how to access the lessons (which will be different from last year in Grade 4) will be hard. I think clarifying expectations for participation and timely completion of assignments is also going to be important.
How might you achieve these goals? Who might you reach out to for support?
My team is magical and will have solutions for all of these things, so I am not too worried at the moment. I also plan on relying on my IP and my TA more for administrative stuff.
If you had a magic wand, what might the 5Cs of online learning look like in your classroom?
If I had a magic wand, I would be able to close the feedback loop quickly in all subjects. I would be able to teach in a classroom of self-directed students who knew how to solve their own problems when faced with difficulty. I would have an automatic scheduler and info-keeper keeping of who I have met with and what we talked about!