At Teaching With Class, I am passionate about helping your children to reach challenging and exciting goals. Say goodbye to fill in the blank exercises, spelling tests, and worksheets. Instead, your students will learn to write articles, express opinions and ideas, debate issues, dive into interesting and diverse novels, and engage with the world.
I use a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach, and create inclusive, differentiated classrooms, using Universal Design for Learning. I have high standards, and high expectations, and I trust my students to rise to them. When we set high expectations, provide resources and support, and trust in the intelligence of children, great things happen.
Each class is a mix of live, synchronous classes on zoom and asynchronous work on a Google Classroom. All you need is a computer and a Gmail account!
Universal Design for Learning means you set your own goals, and engage with as much or as little as the work as you need. If your goal is to improve your speaking and confidence, then you’ll be focusing on engagement during the live sessions. If your goal is to improve your writing, you’ll engage with all the writing activities during the week, with asynchronous feedback and support through the Classroom. We work together to make sure that your goals are known and being met.
You will not get graded! We take the focus off grades and notes, which are stressful and often don’t give us very much information, anyway. We refocus on setting goals to achieve skills and constructive feedback to help reach those goals.
The Google Classroom means that I can be engaged with your child as they write, putting comments, feedback, and improvements right into the document as they work. Workshopping and collaborating like this is meaningful and authentic – and much more likely to result in real, lasting improvement than a finished piece of work marked up with red pen.
For the weekly classes, you’ll get a written statement of skills we worked on and some feedback about your progress after each topic is finished.
How much homework you’ll do is up to you! You’ll get feedback and support on the work you need to do to achieve your goals. It is possible to come to all of the live sessions without adding any extra homework to your schedule, or to have lots to keep you busy and engaged during the week or month between classes.
All screen time is not equal screen time. We’re all afraid that our kids are spending too much time in front of screens, but engaging, social classes are not the same as scrolling through youtube. I work to keep the live sessions to one or one and a half hours, and small classes means that this time is used efficiently. It isn’t anonymous – we have a lot of fun, and I get to know the students and their needs very well over the screens. We have a lot of fun while we’re working, and they leave feeling confident and proud of their achievements.