Primary school, History teacher, 15 years of experiences
how to adapt lessons for students with different learning styles
In what ways did you respond to this dilemma/difficulty?
During the COVID, we have also already noticed some weaknesses and shortcomings in online learning, such as lack of communication and differences in learning styles between students. The transition to distance learning was not so problematic for me, unlike other colleagues, because I do formative assessment throughout my teaching. The most disturbing thing was that I did not have direct contact with students and that I had to spend a lot of time learning how to use new tools/apps to work with the students.
What are the implications for teaching, learning and my understanding of the role of a teacher?
Given that we have different types of learners and that, as a rule, students who were successful before the pandemic are also successful in online lessons and those who were unsuccessful before are also unsuccessful afterwards (in online lessons), I will be looking for solutions to adapt online lessons to these different types of learners. Not forgetting students with disabilities. I have positive experience that formative monitoring works very well here. First we checked the pupils' proficiency with a mentimeter, which they really liked, then we reviewed the learning intentions together, the criteria for the work, and then I divided them into smaller groups to do specific tasks. We used google docs, which was very useful. When the students were working in groups (rooms), I visited them and gave them feedback, and at the end we checked together what they had learned. I would keep the online classrooms as they are great for accessing the materials ("one click"), and I would also have some of the lessons online.
Keywords: assessment, facilitating learning