7 Summer Enders For a Great New School Year Launch - Stress Relief 4 Teachers This summer has been very different for this old school dog. I have spent every waking moment working on a book and getting the Stress Relief 4 Teachers shop up and running. There’s much more to come on this! (Join the Stress Relief 4 Teachers Newsletter to get the freshest info and special deals related.) It’s been a joy. Now, my mind is shifting toward getting it together for the new year (for teachers, the first day of school is the REAL new year).
The Flipped Class: Myths vs. Reality Editor's Note: On the heels of our viral posts in over 100 countries about the flipped classroom earlier this year (links below), we asked Jon Bergmann if he could share some of the feedback he was receiving in light of the notable interest about this topic. The timing couldn't have been more perfect since he was about to leave for a conference about you-guessed-it, the flipped class. Here is Part 1 of our three part series The Daily Riff. See Part 2 and 3 links below. - C.J. Westerberg The Teacher's Guide To Flipped Classrooms Since Jonathan Bergman and Aaron Sams first experimented with the idea in their Colorado classrooms in 2004, flipped learning has exploded onto the larger educational scene. It’s been one of the hottest topics in education for several years running and doesn’t seem to be losing steam. Basically, it all started when Bergman and Sams first came across a technology that makes it easy to record videos. They had a lot of students that regularly missed class and saw an opportunity to make sure that missing class didn’t mean missing out on the lessons. Once students had the option of reviewing the lessons at home, the teachers quickly realized the shift opened up additional time in class for more productive, interactive activities than the lectures they’d been giving.
Flipped classroom and a changing perception Some rights reserved by Genna G Thinking about perception - I am now approaching the end of my first flipped academic year. I have personally found that this has allowed me to refine the content to exactly what the student’s need, so cover more content whilst having more class time for improved learning strategies and developing deeper understanding which has resulted in all round better grades. Flipping Faculty Meetings and PD As a former director of instructional technology, my job was to provide embedded technology professional development (PD) to a district of 4,000 teachers. Each day was filled with new and exciting challenges, trying to figure out how to best help our teachers understand technology and to integrate it into their teaching, while at the same time keeping the PD fresh and engaging. I’ve been a part of a lot of successful PD and a part of a lot of not so good PD, too. Changes
Flip Your PD for Extra Flexibility & Support One of the most popular topics in education today is the Flipped Classroom, a model in which teachers send their students home with a lesson (usually in the form of a video) and then engage in exercises and practice in the classroom after the fact. It has many advantages, namely getting the basic nuances out of the way and working on projects and problems with the teacher in the room. This year at my school, I’ve been inspired by this model to flip our tech-related professional development. Videos usually work best When I flip my educational technology workshops and staff events, I use a variety of tools –primarily screencasts, instructional videos, and some step by step how-to lists. I’ve generally found providing videos to be most successful.
Students, Please Turn to YouTube for your Assignments One of my frustrations as a senior level Math teacher at Okanagan Mission Secondary in Kelowna, B.C., had always been insufficient classroom time to work with students. I typically spent 80 percent of class time lecturing. I was the one doing the math; my students were passive observers. I spent hours coming up with innovative lesson plans to make my lectures more student-centred, but in reality I was the sage on the stage. What Is A Flipped Classroom? Flipped classrooms are becoming more and more common, both for in-person classes and in online learning settings. It’s a great way to shake things up, bring more personalized attention to your classroom, and put some of your technology to use. Flipped classrooms are one of the more popular trends we’ve seen since Edudemic was created, and it is certainly one of the most long- lasting. Other things have come and gone in the past few years, but flipped classrooms are getting even more and more popular. If you’re new to flipped classrooms or have known about the concept for awhile but haven’t made the plunge, the handy infographic below takes a look at some of the basics of flipped classrooms: what are some of the advantages, why and how they work, and how both teachers and students are responding to the flipped classroom model.