These holidays I decided not to do any school work until after 14 January. I wanted to completely decompress and get my house in order before I moved onto to a new work year. This approach seems to have worked because I do feel refreshed.
I spent 2014 out of the class room, working as a Teacher Quality Advisor. I will be continuing for one more term before returning to school. This break from the classroom and exposure to bigger picture teaching and learning has refreshed and renewed my passion for education. I am excited to be going back to the class room.
More exciting than returning to the class room term 2 is my new role with the newly gazetted Aurora College, a virtual school. I will be teaching Year 11 Chemistry to a small number of students from rural and remote schools across New South Wales. It is this role that is making me nervous. Delivery is online using Adobe Connect and we have been tasked with becoming innovative.
My first task has been converting some third party student worksheets from Word documents to Adobe forms (and, yes the school is paying for the site licence). I don’t find this very innovative but I guess it’s a start. I am updating some of my PowerPoint presentations for Adobe and online delivery. Again, not very innovative. I am contemplating how I can use Adobe Captivate and Presenter to develop my course materials for a more ‘flipped’ approach but it is still doing what I’ve always done using a different format. It seems a daunting amount of work for what is a small number of students but I remind myself that once done I can continue to reuse.
I am worried that I won’t be able to pull it off. But you never, ever know if you never, ever give it a go. So over the coming year, I will be documenting my successes and failures, worries and questions. Wish me luck.