On-line learning planner, Part 2

Now I think I understand my assignment. And this Dx thing is a heck of a lot longer than 60 to 70 minutes. It has taken me many days to get through it and it is dense.

So let’s take a look at Personalized Learning. There is a reason that there are not any high school mathematics examples. With standards based grading and DP programs up next, how am I supposed to let the student decide what they want to learn? And how they are going to demonstrate to  me that they know it? Meanwhile I need to be checking for understanding and steering away from misunderstanding important concepts which may lead fundamental foundation problems later?

Okay, so I have finally finished my online learning planner. But it is a planner for planning. I still have a lot of work to do on Dx, so I want to finish the modules so I can start setting up my classes and figuring out how to get this all done without attaching the computer to myself.

so here is the final outcome. Feedback and suggestions welcome!


First goal, besides setting up my classes on Dx, is to try out some other screencasts. The internet here in Beijing has been awful, to say the least. Uploading any program or update can take half a day. That is disheartening. I want to learn beyond Noteability and be more creative in my screencasts.

I also need to figure out how I will be working in the classroom and providing support for those students online. There is a lot of pre-planning to be done, despite the fact that I have already been working on things this summer. Where does the time go (maybe to the waiting for the internet to finish a task?)?

Online Learning 2020-21

A new school year and unusual circumstances. Fortunately I am in Beijing, so my prospect of seeing students soon is good. Although some will still be out and there will continue to be some online learning.

There is still a lot of technical work I need to learn and hopefully I’ll be able to get some useful assistance. The formats for going back to school are quite logical and streamlined. Just wish I had a little more confidence in technology.

Care- and Social Emotional Learning will definitely be key in this year’s work. Below is my initial online learning planner. It’s actually a planner for the planners I will be creating each cycle (8 days but only see students every other day).


Well, maybe I have to turn it into a picture…

Well, I apologize if you cannot read that. I am going to stop before I get too frustrated…

7-C’s Feedback

Well the results are as I expected. Unfortunately not a surprise.

Yeah they recognize that I challenge them and have good classroom management. I make them correct their mistakes and challenge them. But “this teacher makes me fell like she cares about me”? 4 of the 17 feel that I don.t  5 think I do. and the other 8 are neutral. Hmmm…

So other than captivate, my goal is to get the two new course I am teaching and writing plans for more interesting and captivating lessons.

Attempt #2 at goals

Back in September I was writing about my goals and this process. And somehow, everything crashed and I lost the post. I also lost some of my motivation. This process is not easy for me as I feel like the 7C’s are not what I see as being the important thing in my classroom. Of course I care about my students, and I want them feeling safe in my classroom. But the survey is worded in such a way that I don’t believe the kids get the point.

Do my students know what they are learning and why? Can they make their thinking visible? Do they know how to deconstruct a problem and develop strategies for solving problems? Do they have a voice in the classroom? Do they receive constructive feedback? Those things are important to me. That is what I want happening in my classroom.

This year we have the opportunity to re-write the grade 10 and 9 mathematics programs. Integrating, getting away from the Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2 cycle! Yes! So my goal is to create a curriculum which is meaningful for students.

One of my co-workers came into my classroom one day, and left these notes. Nicest thing I have seen in years, kind of gave me a re-boot. I’ll attach them if possible. Cause what she saw is what I want to happen all the time.

Final round

Well I made it through this year.

Not happy with the survey tool as it does not represent what I feel is important in my classroom, at least in the language that they are using for the survey.

Also don’t think my grade 12 students would respond in the same manner as my grade 10’s.

Much prefer the Hattie approach and making learning visible.

Until August!


Second round

Well the second round of surveys have gone out. I am assuming that this time the results will be an improvement over the first round.

The first round was given before I really knew my students and before they really knew me. I think over the last 6 months we have grown more cohesive. It also helps that some of the units we have complete since the first round have been much more real-life situation type units, making the course a little less abstract and possibly more meaningful.

We will see.

Goal Setting

My goals for this year are

  • Stronger concept-based inquiry lessons
  • More integration of applications and real-life problems
  • Challenging- more rigorous thinking, quality work, persistence these are things I’d like to see in my students.

Reading through the document of the 7 C’s there were a number of areas which I realized my students were not going to respond well to me.

Classroom management:

I know that I have a strong classroom management style. While students are in my classroom, I expect them to be engaged and involved in the learning process. I also expect them to be courteous towards all members of the classroom.


I believe I am courteous and respectful with all students, although I am not certain that students would feel the same. A good number of students are willing to ask questions for clarification, or help. There are a few who are unwilling to ask questions-maybe, they are afraid that I might judge them by their question.

There have been instances where a parent has complained that his son does not like to ask questions I my class. When asked why, the parent explained that it was because I answered the question with another question.


I do want to share their thoughts and try to link their comments and questions back to the learning. There is not a lot of diversity of ideas in mathematics.



Not always easy to do. Sometimes there are some basic things to be looked at before getting to the fun stuff. Application problems are a help. Logic puzzles via the internet definitely motivate some students.


I do ask open ended questions, in hopes of finding different paths to a solution. Again not always practical in mathematics.


The comments students receive on their assignments (via Powerschool) reflect the areas that need some further work. Complex tasks are broken down.

Need to work on more variety. I do not think direct instruction, modeling steps to a problem necessarily leads to understanding.  The concept is the most important, the process is a result of understanding the content.


We often begin by looking at what we have already learned.

We do not always summarize what we have learned at the end of the day, as some people are at different places. We revisit what we learned the following class.


I try to keep them challenged, part of their learning involves challenging themselves and inquiring into what they are doing. I do not let them give up and ask them to explain often.






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