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August 31, 2015
Key activities included:
Introductions and welcoming new teacher
Explore Rocky View website
Review beginning of school classroom strategies
Review online teacher resources including Access Learning and Power School
January 29, 2016
Reflection discussion about success and trickys so far.
Kevin Goodyear and Annalise Wendler two beginning teachers from last year shared their experiences and offered suggestions in a Q & A format.
Review classroom management strategies
Chris Pawluk presented information about emotional/mental health student issues
February 22, 2016
Reflection discussion about successes and trickys so far.
Review of planning for inquiry instruction
Joshua Hill presented the planning process using the instructional design framework.
Following are Key Learnings/Understandings from individuals within the group in this CofP:
Sleep is when memory is consolidated.
There is power and release in individual and group reflection.
Support from other teachers in other grades.
I am part of a great team!
The concept of enabling versus disabling students in the class.
Strategies/food for thought regarding inclusion.
Refresher to psychological issues that can affect learning.
No year if teaching is like the first, I am not alone I will have support.
We are not alone.
Design to the edge.
Take notice of what is going well.
You are not going to be able to do it all in your first year.
Inquiry can be large to small scale, not all huge.
I do not have to be perfect in all subjects.
Inquiry can/needs good scaffolding and structure.
To phase in inquiry as able.
To scaffold your process.
Josh Hill’s presentation helped me ‘think forward’ to planning an authentic project.
Make it real, make it visible, make it for everyone.
How to implement inquiry in small and large formats.
Sharing through iMovie and have content learning repeated when students share their learning.
Pick one area to focus on improving.
Do not try to master everything at once. Pick one thing to work on.
There is a person for that. Rocky View has great resources and people.
How to brainstorm for planning of visible learning.
Create a workflow with clear expectations of the teacher’s role and students’ roles.
Prioritize curriculum and daily tasks based on how it affects student-teacher relationships.
Kevin & Annalise (beginning teachers last year) gave great insight on showing the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’!
Look at curriculum outcomes when planning for assessment.
RVS cohorts are great.
There are many exciting opportunities in RVS!
My teaching progression is a process.
Second year teaching is easier.
Inquiry may just be the little things.
Other teachers are going through similar experiences.
Communication/connections are important. It is all about support.
Read/Write for Google.
There are things going well.
Importance of consistent standards with some wiggle room for individualizing.
Useful tactics for approaching students with aspects from each disorder.
Avoid making my classroom one that debilitates learners.
Wait-time during class discussions is uncomfortable.
Continued reflection on my practice is super vital.
Designing learning should focus on edges and not the average.
We have a common ground with everyone’s success and trickys.
Systems can help to moderate behaviours.
Speaking to teachers in grades above to identify where their incoming students are lacking.
Make classroom management a priority.
Reinforcement of behaviours to watch in the classroom.
Maslow before Bloom.
I can try harder/smarter to support my students with unique needs.
Staying out of other colleagues’ issues.
I was provided with space and time to reflect on my students and put their needs above curricular needs.
It was nice to meet other first year teachers with similar challenges and success within the district.
Re-emphasis on student personality and the problems these students may carry with them (eg. anxiety).
Reminder of specific learner needs.
I have realized that one of my students is more that likely ADHD and this gives me a place to start with him.
Ask for help. People do want to help me.
We all have the same struggles and we will all get there.
There is no average student. You need to teach to the edges.
Ask if it benefits the students.
Design tools make for useful collaborative brainstorming with other teachers.
I can allow for inquiry to happen naturally throughout the day and not stress about a big inquiry process.
Things will get easier.
CofP for first year teachers is valuable.
It does not have to be perfect.
The second year of teaching will be easier but it will still have its challenges.
Pair student with similar abilities and help those who are struggling.
There is funding for visiting other classrooms.
Looking forward to exploring the inquiry site josh Hill showed us.
Following Are Questions/Trickys From First Year Teachers In The Group:
Lots of assessment questions still…
Meeting curricular demands while teaching competencies at higher levels.
How do you approach (track down) parents who seem apathetic to their child’s learning?
What are some good prep strategies for start of the year and for new positions?
How can I best position myself to be doing the types of things Joshua Hill is doing?
Is your second year easier?
What scale of inquiry project is prudent for new teachers?
Is your second year teacher still easier if you are teaching a different grade?
How do I increase parent support for students that are struggling academically and emotionally/behaviourally?
Resources for planning.
How do I have a social life?
How to deal with the chronic off-taskers and/or non-listeners?
I have students who need to be coded but won’t be coded for years. How can they be supported and ethically how is it fair that they won’t be assessed for years?
How to be loving and friendly and still maintain a balance of respect?
How to marry integrated learning to student freedom in learning responses?
Still trying to figure out that work/life balance.
What is the optimal balance between working hard and taking care of yourself?
How do I know if a class management ‘threshold’ is reached?
How to balance my well being with teacher excellence?
How to negotiate difficult parents?
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