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)