I miss face-to-face learning!
A lot of my classes are project-based, with most the student time being spent working on projects with mini lessons dispersed throughout. However, student work sessions cannot be turned into asynchronous learning. Some of the key aspects of students project-based work include:
- Providing feedback to students working in-action, not after the fact
- Differentiating based on the student experience
- Students problem solving together organically (as needed) providing student agency with the how, who, and what of their work.
- Exemplifying student work in-action
Last school year I tried to accomplish similar project-based learning by hosting one-on-one check-ins and spending more time going through student work to provide feedback in a reasonable time (this only worked if students submitted their work in a reasonable time). I found it very difficult to support students that struggled and students that were showing impressive growth weren’t being recognized as readily (often because the growth happened after the assignment was officially due).
In preparation for more online learning this year, I plan to have smaller projects and more conservative instructional strategies. This will look more like direct instruction followed by activities (collaborative and individual). Having these resources will help my face-to-face teaching in the future and will help create more structured units, modules, and lessons with clearer objectives and learning goals (clarify).
My biggest fear is that I can’t keep up with the demand for creating the content in with 4 preps and no teammates to distribute the teaching load (this does mean I will have fewer meetings for better or worse). I have seen similar fears on other teacher’s posts and it is clear that it will be difficult for everyone to balance all the demands of online learning.
Ideally, my students could work on a project for a few weeks that include interactive practice activities. While they work on the project I would want to see their progress at any time, allowing me to provide them with feedback, supporting tutorials, and review material.
When I think about my classroom and my teaching in terms of the 7Cs I see three key areas that I want to work on.
First: Within Consolidate, I believe that my daily lessons rarely end with a strong summary of what should be taken from the lesson. For me to improve in this area I see a few specific tasks that I could be more consistent with, key vocabulary, learning goals, and areas of practice.
Second: Within challenge, my project based lessons do a great job of meeting students wherever their skills may be. This allows students to practice their skills, unless their not. When students get really stuck, I don’t feel like I have the tools to really support students. By the end of this year I want to have a clear set of strategies that will guide me in helping students who get stuck in their projects.
Third: Within clarify, I know I often speak to fast, and often too much, particularly for my EAL learners. I want to have clear summaries for the key points of my lessons that students can follow during lessons and review while they are completing tasks.
Welcome to your Professional Learning Blog! This is a place for you to post your goals, and reflect on them throughout the year.
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