Well. it’s mid September and here I am teaching online which I most certainly did not expect to be doing this school year but that’s 2020! It’s strange, surreal and all a bit stressful as we wait for our visas to arrive so we can head back ‘home’ and some normalcy.
During the summer I was collecting bits and pieces from Facebook groups I am part of about how to teach online but specifically SEL material so that my students would have a variety of fun activities to do while we were Zooming in. I also found myself seeking out Morning Meeting activities to build a sense of community with my class once we started school as I felt that was so important this year. Additionally being in Grade 4 these students have not been on campus since January 22nd so rules and routines are important.
A strength of time I feel is being able to build community and empathy within the community. I like to think there is care in my online learning and collaboration exits. I’m always unsure though if my lessons are captivating enough as it is so hard to judge in an online or hybrid learning model!
A definite goal is to make my lessons captivating as the studnets need to be engaged in their learning and to stay engaged. I can reach these goals by reaching out to our instructional coaches about activities students can do that don’t involve worksheets and by watching and learning from the awesome lessons my Grade 4 colleagues make for their lessons!
If I had a magic wand – I would be back in Beijing now teaching on campus! That would resolve a lot but failing that.. I would love to see my students engaged, working at their own pace and with their work increasingly becoming personalised.
I enjoyed having a dig through the results and while some areas pleased me, some did not. My goal initially was to focus on Consolidate as I believed that was an area of my teaching I needed to focus on. Although my survey results in this ‘C’ were positive, I have still continued to work on it. In Maths, for example, I have used my Maths Starter time to quickly review the previous day’s learning and this I believe has helped the students retain key information.
My updated goal now, however, is to focus on my Classroom Management, which is an area that surprised me and yet shouldn’t have as a few of my more interesting characters have been challenging in the classroom. I am also heartened though that the students have seen this as it reflects well on them and their desire to learn. Since I received the survey results I have worked on some of the strategies suggested by Tripod. For example:
- Work with students to develop an agreement about expectations for classroom behavior, ask everyone to sign it, and post it publicly for regular reference.
This has been done and has been referred to when the class needs reminders to stay on task or to stay respectful to each other.
Now I am more familiar with ISB and how it works I have been able to work more on this strategy also:
- Respond with logical consequences when students do not comply with agreed upon behavior expectations.
As time marches on, I will continue to work on my classroom management but also to consolidate my Consolidation!
After reading through the reflection questions for Consolidate, I feel I need to find more ways to connect my course objectives to my students’ lives.
Reflection questions for me to think about in my classroom practice are:
• Do I summarize big ideas at the end of lessons and review them periodically?
• Do I ask students to summarize and synthesize what they are learning?
• Do I make explicit connections between lessons?
• Do I help students to make connections within and across the curriculum?
• Do I refer to relevant current events or other meaningful applications of what students are learning to facilitate transfer f knowledge and skills?
• Do my assignments require students to build on prior learning?
• Do my assessments incorporate topics and skills from earlier lessons?
I’m really looking forward to seeing what my students share with me to see if I need to make any revisions to my goal or to create another goal.
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 7C’s)
- Previous or new observation data from peers and principals
- Student surveys (online surveys developed and aligned with 7C’s)
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