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Google Classrooms at LaceyField

21 Jun 2020   |   John Noden   |   Eastfield Infants and Nursery Academy, Lacey Gardens Junior Academy

Setting up your classroom from scratch…

I remember dreaming in my first few years as a teacher (and beyond) of how I might lay out a brand new classroom. It wasn’t just me – my colleagues at the time would sit and discuss everything from the exciting shape of the rooms and colour schemes down to the trivial but crucial location of sockets and whiteboards. Recently, the LaceyField team, as with a number of Wellspring (and beyond) schools, have set up classrooms from scratch, but not maybe the kind we’d dreamed of!

As a staff team we were already using some elements of the G Suite for education; drive, docs… but we were all at different stages and had definitely not dipped into Google Classroom. To say that the team have done an amazing job would be the biggest of understatements.
Within a week, we went from children not even having accounts set up, to online classrooms populated with a carefully considered balance of activities to ensure the wellbeing of our children and families was supported in the best way we could remotely. This is just one arm of our approach currently, but has been crucial.

For me, one of the greatest strengths has been the in depth discussions we’ve held about the ‘why’ and the ‘how’. Looking at research from across the world, we’ve considered what opportunities our families are most likely to be missing / missing out on, and how to best present these activities to support and scaffold both children and the adults at home that may be helping them. This is of course having a further CPD benefit for life back in school as we welcome the return of more and more of our LaceyField family.

I know we are not alone – I know many other schools have been doing very similar things, but I cannot sing the praises enough of the staff team who have dived in head first and embraced new technology, new applications and new approaches. I am so very grateful for our
wonderful team who have continued to be #BusyBeingBrilliant.

I cannot sing the praises enough of the staff team who have dived in head first and embraced new technology, new applications and new
approaches.

 

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