Online Learning In Global Pandemic COVID 19 2020-21

Year 2020 is definitely a strange year. There are many challenges we are all facing during this difficult time. Main stream face to face education is no long possible. When the online learning first started, we had to quickly come up with some plans and a system for schooling students so teaching and learning will not be disrupted or at least we tried to minimal this disruption.

At the beginning of the COVID outbreak, we thought it will all end quickly and we can go back to classroom and catch up on our teaching and learning in a normal way. Hence we have made changes of our assessment and what to teach. Unfortunately e-Learning went all the way till the end of 2019-2020 academic year. The online system was constantly improving to meet what students need, however, things were changes so quickly and so frequently we were not able to do a perfect job to support all of our students in different circumstances.

In order to prepare for 2020-21 academic year, we have gone few multiple training sessions as a school. Personally I have done good amount of study and had conversations with other education professionals about teaching and learning remotely. How to teach students remotely and effectively is something I want to work on.

7C (adept 5C)  is a good guide when it comes to teaching planning. It remind us what areas we need to focus on.

I believe Caring is the one of the most important thing. Build a relationship with students and earn their trust is the key to have practice good teaching. From the 7C survey feedback I received from my students last year, the feedback is that I got high score on caring. I still have many areas that I could improve with my teaching but because I had such a good relationship with my students, the teaching and learning went easy. Due the global pandemic, many students feel overwhelm by the forever change situation. Especially being in lockdown, they feel extra lonely and unmotivated. In our ZOOM meeting, all of my students shared with me how much they miss their friends. They miss their teachers and the campus too but they really miss their friends. In this very vulnerable time, caring is especially important. We could support them by check-ins by video calls and creating online group/class activities so they feel like they are not alone.

When I plan my lessons I will have the 5C as my guide but I would focus on emphasizing collaboration and clarify. I will try to co-plan collaboration projects with students which will encourage student’s personalized learning. Encourage them to think about what they want to learn, need to learn and how they could achieve their learning. I will use apps (teaching technologies) and my instructional partner to facilitate the module. It is especially important to make sure that communication is clear between teachers and teachers, with IP, students and parents. In the first cycle of my planning I will make sure students and I to set class NORM together and get familiar with the apps that we are using for teaching and learning. Communication with parents on time is also crucial so we need to make sure that we have an easy approachable platform that we could use on a regular basis in order to support our students’ learning.

Clarity is another key factor for teaching and learning. We use an online learning planner to help us with the planning. In this case we always know what is the learning objective so at the end of day/unit we know whether we have achieved our learning goal or not. This planner would be a great reminder when we are planning our lesson. Our lesson planning would be more careful thought through.

What is the purpose of blended learning? (Definition from Oxford dictionary)

When using blended learning, keep in mind that its aim is to combine the strengths of both traditional and online learning methods in order to give your learners a more engaging learning experience. Through blended learning, you’ll take advantage of the best of both worlds, benefitting both learners and instructors.
Blend learning is the way to go. There are many definitions and many people thought blended learning is technology integrations. They are subtly different. Blended learning is instructional design which help increase students’ involvement, engagement and input. It is about good teaching online and offline. It is about deliberate and careful lesson design strategically.
We are living in a technology blooming era, we should use all available technologies to assist teaching and learning. Given student ownership for what they what to do and how to learn it, of course having teacher to facilitate this progress.

 

 

 

Lesson Observation

I think the best way to improve my class management is by talking to other teachers and going to their class and observe them them from teaching.

I went to Lucas’s FA class and I was taking notes of the way how he structure his lesson and how the students were being seated. I was also particular interesting in the language he used when questioning students and encouraging them to think.

 

Including the community

Parents community is important. To be able to manage my class better, I am not just need to focusing on consistent classroom routines and follow through if issues. It is equally important to have parents informed.

I have offered help to parents and students through email or face to face for those weaker students in my classes. I think parents  appreciate that. When students know their parents will get to know how they are doing in class. They often correct themselves pretty quickly. At the same time, if any students are doing well, I am also sharing with their parents, I will praise their children to them and encourage their children to continue with such good works.

It is also important to use the support that we have at school. I am closely in touch with other teachers, I talked to them very frequently about any students who might have raise concerns. I also share ideas and strategies with them.

It is important to talk to Maureen our Grade 6 counsellor, we talked very other day, as grade 6 students are overwhelm being at the middle school for the first time. They are quite emotional and fragile at times. it is very important to give them a lot of support by within reasons.

 

giving students ownership

I am trying to link my professional goal with our school mission. when I am deciding my school activities and tasks, I always get my students involved as much as possible. It really helps to attract students’ attention. They like to have their voice heard. By given my students voice, I have notice that they are growing closer to me and finding me easy to approach.

 

7C effective teaching-classroom management

As a new member to the middle school. The biggest challenge I am having this year so far is managing grade 6 students. This year I have many grade 6 find it overwhelming being in middle school for the first time in their life. Their timetable is different, classroom setting is different. No friends or friends are in different homerooms. There are so much happening in their life, they are just learning how to cope with all the new changes and challenges. This could lead to some mental break down for these young students.

I have chosen classroom management as one of my professional growth because what I knew about classroom management for high school students is something not quite the same here in the grade 6 classes. However, one thing is the clear to me is that the classroom norms/expectation/rules must be clear and consistent, they also must be fair and follow through. This is the same for high school and middle school. I personally believe that building a positive relationship with students are the key to effective teaching. I believe that having a strong connection is very crucial. However to be able to gain my young students’ respect, I am not just needing them to know I care about them but also able to provide a safe and good learning environment for them.

What happened that lead me wanting to focus on classroom management?

I have done some pre-tests at the beginning of the term for all of my classes. This helped me to identified students’ ability in Maths and this is also helping me to make decision on my lesson planning. I have quickly learnt that majority of my students are very capable in long division with decimals, however, some are very struggling and they couldn’t even add simple whole numbers and can’t recall the times tables. This is a huge spread of abilities across my Maths classes. Trying to have a class that can be suitable for students is a challenge. Every student has different learning needs. I was working really hard to come up with multi-tiers of materials for my classes. Just when I was thinking I am doing a great job coming up with good materials, I realised that many of these young students not knowing how to behave themselves. They are chatting and they couldn’t help themselves to argue with each other, getting out of seats, calling out answer before their turn… It was just after we have a class chat and come up with the norms. it seems to me, they kind of know what is the right thing to do to build a positive learning environment, but they were disconnected to what they said and behave in the opposite manner.

I learn that my first task is to train them to behave in the way how they said it, they need to practice it. Being respectful and self-management are the two big things I needs to make sure I get that through all of my students.

Contract:

I have revisited the norms with students again, and this time we get into more detail and this time, students seem understand it better. We all signed the class norm contract.

 

 

 

 

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