As the pandemic triggered new ways of learning, schools around the globe shifted toward online learning. As this phase was a challenging experience for all stakeholders, many learners did not attain one-to-one support. Differentiation was one of the most demanding teaching practices that would allow teachers to tailor for the particular needs and interests of the students through e-learning. Many other learners lacked the development of basic skills, such as social skills, and this was evident when students returned to their regular school routine.
To this end, learners have started their school year with icebreakers to build relationships and to adjust to the class routines. Hence, developing their social skills. It was also crucial to get to know our learners more thoroughly and use suitable strategies and visible thinking routines that accommodate to their diverse styles and abilities. One of these routines is See-Think-Wonder, where students have developed as critical thinkers and confident communicators. The learners enhanced the kind of questions they have asked and started asking essential and well-thought-of questions. Accordingly, they became able to drive their inquiries using the Approaches to Learning (ATLs) research skills.
The physical learning environment is as important as any other aspect of the learning process. It has been difficult this year to support learners’ voice, choice, and ownership concerning the seating. However, the classroom was flexible enough where various activities and learning engagements enhanced their capabilities and increased their motivation for learning.
One must say that this pandemic was also an opportunity for all educators to reflect on their learning and teaching practices and to think of diverse ways to deal with unexpected situations.
Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher