Today I had one of my most junior classes (R1). This class has its challenging students like any class, but this class is different.
As a group they have struggled for the past 6 weeks to log themselves onto the computers. This is the first thing I teach them at the beginning of the year to encourage their independence, and for these skills to be transferred to their classroom.
This class will follow instruction and have a go but generally I have to go individually to many of the children and help them. I recognised early that this class will learn differently to the other R1 class.
I don’t usually compare classes but in this case I must. The class ‘A’ is generally always quiet, their teacher implements the use of ICT in the learning throughout the day, and much of the classroom demonstration is done from the board out the front of the room. The class ‘B’ also has quite a lot of exposure to ICT in the classroom, and are encouraged to engage in online learning.
The one major difference between these two classes is the standard process of instruction delivery. One is from the front of the room and the other is more of an individual instruction. Both of these methods have merit and are sustainable for the teacher and students.
Upon recognising that most of the class has now got the hang of logging on and can copy the username and password from the board I am freed up to support the students who still need the 1:1 support.
Today I put up the information on the board and then challenged them all to have a go. This allowed me to walk around and monitor the progress and trouble shoot individually and making the learning more secific to the needs of the student. The most satisfying part of the session was that once the whole class logged on there was enough time for everyone to start learning with the technology. And I was able to sit with some of the students, who are usually disruptive, and support them in their learning 1:1.
These photos were taken at the moment I realised I had finally achieved one of my goals for this class – to log on and have time left in the lesson to enjoy a fun learning activity, before “log off time”.
There is a small sense of achievement I felt today with a class who made me rethink my teaching method.
Have you ever had a class challenge your thinking and teaching method? How do you cater for individual students and thier different learning methods?
I would love to hear your thoughts.