My final project was to get Student Blogs throughout the Junior School. I was inspired by earlier success with this in Grade 1 and excited to move forward.
What I didn’t anticipate was that firstly, our iPads would be out of commission due to a major glitch when we shifted to the Volume Purchase Program for apps. And secondly, that I would become pregnant, which in Germany, means you may have to leave work for three week periods if or when children present with illnesses or diseases.
My extended absences meant that a lot of this work had to occur via email conversations, phone calls, and video tutorials posted to class blogs. It was definitely a challenge to maintain the interest and enthusiasm as well as the momentum of skill development, when I was not able to push into classes and support students and teachers.
This project has given me lots to think about when it comes to implementing large-scale change. Most importantly it reminded me that I need to spend the time on the conversations regarding WHY change is needed and WHY we are choosing to implement something like student blogs. It isn’t enough for it to be a good thing to do, we have to share an understanding of the bigger picture.
I think if I were to do this project again, I would focus on a more specific topic. This seemed very generic and in working with all the JS teachers, it sometimes felt like I was doing multiple projects depending on where each teacher was at in their own blogging journey.
For some teachers, this project was transformational. For others, less so as they were already set on what their student blogs would look like. It can be difficult to implement a school-wide project without a school-wide agreement on what the process will be. For me, it was still something I really believe in and I hope springboards some new learning opportunities when the iPads come back into use. I also learned a lot about my skills as a coach and got some insight into how I can best work with different teachers in our school.
With that said, here is my video explaining the project:
Here is my UBD planner for implementing Student Blogs: