The educational level in which I primarily work with are learners in the high school level. I have worked with all high school grades, including a bit of grade 7 in the past. Currently I am primarily working with 14 and 15 year olds (Grade 9) as well as a mixed bag of ELL students who range from grade 8 – grade 12. The catchment of my school has a predominant Asian demographic with respects to mainly Vietnamese and Filipino students. I find that in both mainstream courses (such as Science 9) and ELL courses have a wide range of abilities. Reflecting on my current classes, I have found that my marginalized students are the ones who struggle with learning. Some marginalized students have an ELL background, whereas most others actually come from difficult family and personal situations. I have yet to encounter many gifted learners as we have a streamlined program for motivated and gifted learners (Mini school). With Covid, our district and school are following a blended learning year, with alternating weeks of face-to-face instruction and online instruction. Class sizes are capped to 15 students maximum due to health and safety concerns. The most glaring and obvious learning challenge that I have come across is that students are having a hard time adjusting to learning online, self-managing, and taking on a greater responsibility for their learning in an online environment.
January 28, 2021