Musings from a high school Teacher
I am gearing up for the year ahead and really evaluating what flipping means to me and how I can create a student-centered environment. I have tapped into great resources through my PLN and feel more supported in this journey than ever before.
I feel deeply that flipping, blended learning, and inquiry-based learning are going to revolutionize how I teach. I long for colleagues in my own school to share this adventure with. I am looking forward to our summer professional development days and sharing my more cohesive though ever evolving view of the flipped classroom, and hopefully getting some fresh ideas and cross curricular projects happening.
I am just finishing up a video to try and quickly sing the praises of this pedagogical shift, to show my colleagues, and to hopefully explain and spark some conversation.
I thank Ramsay Musallam for the keynote speech and some of the diagrams in my video that sparked this for me. You are an amazing educator. I am also so grateful for the conversation and encouragement of @c_durley, @a_mcsquared, & @ math_johnson. I can't wait to see how this ties in with resilience and the gender gap.
If I could follow every link on my Twitter feed I might come close to understanding the flipped classroom. I am in awe of the shear proliferation of some of my teacher colleagues around the world. It's humbling to say the least. I have started my flipped journey and have revamped my youtube channel. I plan to upload a few videos in the days to come and I only hope they have the effect that I think they will. The flipped mentality is an interesting one.
I started looking at the flipped classroom 2 years ago, but I wasn't sold on the idea of delivering content by video, then working in class. I think part of my skeptisim was the fact that our school internet is unreliable and very slow, and not all of my students have access to technology at home. How could I hang my hat on using so much technology when the infrastructure just isn't there? We have had some changes over the last two years and I tried a unit of "flip" or what I thought was flip. Turns out I was just flipping out!
That unit was a disaster! No one watched the videos. We ended up
re-watching them in class and the activities that were to accompany this endeavour never really took off as we never had enough time. I was nearly ready to shelve flipping all together. CanFlip13 saved my flipping life!
Striving to explore flip: explain in order to engage!