Planning for Online Learning

* What action(s) might you take in order to prepare for online and blended learning?
I am really hoping we don’t have to transition to online learning…fingers crossed 🙂 But, if we do, I will have set up weekly meetings with parents and students to go over the next week’s content. I would like to schedule weekly meetings to go over the plan and answer any questions parents may have. In a perfect world, there would be enough of a warning that school was shutting down that I could pack away student’s task boxes and other manipulative that they may need while participating in online learning.

* Considering your previous experience with online learning, what are your instructional strengths & areas for growth?
Last year during online learning, I focused greatly on establishing a strong sense of community in our online classroom. I believed that minimal learning would happen if students didn’t feel cared for, and safe. The real challenge comes in providing SPED students with a quality education while online. This year, I will be in a different setting than I previously was. I have a smaller caseload and have the resources to provide them with ample support. There is a lot to learn, but I am excited for the challenge.

*Using the 5Cs of online learning, what goals might you set for yourself in anticipation of future online instruction?
I want to focus on captivating student interests while online . I want to make lessons engaging, but not too time consuming for parents who are supporting.
Since much of my instruction is already provided 1:1, I want to find ways that students can be integrated into classes and collaborate with same age peers

* How might you achieve these goals? Who might you reach out to for support?
Use knowledge of student likes and dislikes to inform instruction
Set up choice boards for students to select from a range of activities that speak to their interests
Collaborate with parents on how to collect data and submit data to me so that I can design instruction aimed at students current levels of performance
Collaborate with grade-level teacher to find opportunities for students to participate in whole-group activities

* If you had a magic wand, what might the 5Cs of online learning look like in your classroom?
A space where students can connect with their teacher regularly, feel safe, and comfortable approaching new tasks. Where parents understand how they can support their child best, and have an ongoing conversation with their child’s teacher. Students will be excited to learn, and will apply their knowledge across multiple settings. The teacher will be there to support students and parents, by providing multiple live sessions each day.

Below is my online learning planner.

Reflection on New Teacher Orientation

I am thoroughly impressed with how comprehensive the online orientation was. Each unit, module, and activity made it increasingly apparent that ISB is committed to upholding each component of its mission statement. I feel a sense of community with staff that I am yet to meet, and know that everyone is on the same team supporting each other’s growth. At the end of the day, we are all trying to be the best educators we can to our learners, and I am grateful that ISB holds its staff members to such a high standard of continual growth and betterment for the sake of our students.

I am beyond excited (and ready) to get my person onto campus! I am eager to meet my students, to move to Beijing, and officially join the ISB community 🙂

7C’s Reflection — Strengths and Areas for Growth

* Which of the 7 Cs do you feel are among your strengths? What data makes you say that?

Care— I place a high priority on establishing strong relationships with students. When students basic needs are not met, you can essentially throw all teaching out the window. Students cannot learn in a space where they don’t feel safe, welcomed, and celebrated. I believe that building strong rapport is the first step in creating a space where students can be challenged and pushed to try new things.

Captivate— Not a lot can be done without captivating the students into lessons, especially in special education. I could almost guarantee that we would get nothing done all day if lessons and activities didn’t align with student interests. When learning doesn’t feel like ‘work’, students are increasingly likely to participate. This concept is very closely connected to “Care”. By incorporating student interests into learning, they are 1. More likely to be engaged 2. Feel as though their teacher cares about them/their interests 3. Feel safe and comfortable within the learning environment to feel vulnerable and take on new challenges.

* Which of the 7 Cs do you feel are among your areas for growth? What data makes you say that?

Consolidate — This is a major theme in Special Education (to generalize knowledge), and is one that is always difficult to support. This requires constant communication and teamwork between all individuals that work with the student to ensure that we are all on the same page. I don’t have date to support this opinion, but it is something that I believe I will always have room to improve on. I want to work on being increasingly aware of opportunities to generalize knowledge taught in my classroom to other environments.

Classroom management— Each student has unique needs that I want to cater to, to ensure that they can succeed. This means that I may have some class wide rules/expectations, in addition to rules and expectations that are unique to each learner. I struggle with what this will look like in the classroom vs online. I am unsure of where to start in establishing rules/routines while online.

* What might your former students say are your areas of strength and growth?

I believe my former students would say that they felt loved, safe, heard, and valued. I am grateful for the strong relationships I have with my learners, but need to work on setting stricter boundaries.

Thoughts on ISB’s Professional Growth Model

I am thrilled to hear about ISB’s commitment to ongoing learning, and that it extends to all members of the community. As I’m sure we all know, teaching is a ‘better, not best’ profession. There is, and always will be room for growth, which is essential in providing our learners with a quality education.

The 7Cs provide a framework for effective teaching that encourages everyone to participate in meaningful reflection. I believe that reflecting on the effectiveness of our teaching is the best way to meet the ever changing needs of our learners. Encouraging all staff to engage in self-reflection, in addition to receiving feedback from co-workers is an invaluable step towards meeting this goal.

I am excited for the opportunity to receive feedback from others, as well as to provide feedback. Not only does this practice provide us with information on our teaching, but it also allows us to step into the shoes of our students and sympathize with what it feels like to be on the receiving end of constructive feedback. This practice really highlights ISB’s philosophy that we are all equals in our community. Students and teachers alike are held to the same standards, which helps break down the barrier that often times exists between teachers and students. It shows students that their voice is valued, and that their thoughts and opinions will be taken into consideration when designing instruction. Additionally, it encourages educators to be more mindful and intentional with their words/actions when providing constructive feedback to students.

My only question is regarding the format of the student survey. I wonder how it could be modified to meet the various needs of all students so that they can all participate and provide meaningful feedback?

Welcome!

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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