The speed at which we returned to level 3 and staying at home this time was much faster than last time.
We learned in the evening and the very next day by lunch time we were at Level 3 and standing up our Online learning platform again.
I know for me I learned a lot from the first lockdown and this made it much easier to transition back into online learning.
We also still had our online learning page set up and were ready to go with a template for what the learning design should look like.
So what was different this time. We started out with very low attendance on our Google Meets with many children perhaps choosing to take a break or unable to access devices as we had a limit time to get them out to children.
As we moved into the first full week attendance increased and by the second week I had 50% of my class attending Google Meets or blogging.
As a result of this I felt it was important to offer more learning opportunities. This lead to Workshops which I ran in addition to our class Google Meets. These focused on one of the learning areas and expanded on the ideas covered in the Google Slide and rewindable teacher video.Class Onair lesson.
One thing I found interesting is the confidence we all have gain through this experience to speak up and share in an online forum such as Google Meet. Reflecting on this I though what a life skill this is for the learners who have been engaging.
I am still very concerned for learners who I have not seen engaging in online learning but am comforted by the fact that I have had contact with most families over the phone and they discussed options for their child and their learning if they can not get online.
While this time is challenging and I know both I and my class would rather be at school learning together, I have seen great value in this time. I have learned to structure my lessons differently to include the value of playing games. I have begun to think more about how I can bring Google Meets back into the classroom so that all learners gain the value of learning to engage in this way. I have seen how conversation and breaking down of task can change the way a child looks at challenge problems.
I am a learner! and this lockdown has taught me a lot.