Teacher’s Eyes Part 2 – Bring Your Life Into The Classroom

Everybody has a “space” Flipped classroom practitioners talk about the “individual space” and the “group space” as a framework for planning and learning.  Normally we seek to move instruction to the student’s individual space so they can come prepared for deeper learning the group space. This series seeks to give a few examples of bringing students…

Flipped Teachers Rely On Positive Reinforcement

The power the cycle of success sustains this flipped teacher through the failures and moves me forward.   I’m a very simple person, and I don’t know that I’m all that different from anyone else. What sustains me in the flipped classroom is positive reinforcement. I would like to have a grander answer, but the…

Constructive Creativity: Reaching Creative Ends

#flipblogs entry: How starting with the end can still allow for creativity. There are as many different ways of creating things as there are reasons for creating them. Many times the method of creation has as much to do with the personality creating the item as it does with the item itself or the purpose…

So where’s the catch? Fishing & Flipped Learning

So where’s the catch In fishing there’s two kinds of “catches” one is the goal, that of a large fish.  The other is the type that I tend to pull up, a.k.a. getting my line caught on something underwater, be it a tree, getting caught in the long grass, or often as not on my…

Teacher Eyes – Part 1: Bring Students With You…Virtually

Teachers need the vision to use resources to bring students rich experiences Teachers are adults and while few of us would consider ourselves wealthy, most of us would consider ourselves well-read with a breadth of experience. Beyond that many of us, along with our families, visit places and do things that enrich our own lives…

Class Time Becomes Creation Time

#flipblogs entry: “How has flipped learning improved your use of class time?” Flipped learning is NOT ABOUT VIDEOS.  Flipped learning IS ABOUT TIME, class time in particular.  Yes, videos are the tool that I use to flip my classroom, but videos do not equal education. What does make a tremendous impact on education is students coming…

In-flip Google Training Gives Students a Common Starting Point

Using the In-flip to build on whole school training in year 2. Quick review A new school year has begun and we have entered the second year as a Chromebook 1:1 school. In the previous entries in this series, written last year, about the creation trials, travails, successes, and failures of the flipped learning training…

The Problem With Flipped Learning

Honest evaluation requires that we look at the cons of flipped learning not just the pros. In last week’s slack chat that I helped moderate for David Walsh (@collsphysistry) our topic was “What problems did flip learning solve?” We also discussed “What problems did it solve that were never anticipated as problems?” When I shared…

What I did/didn’t get done for the year

All teachers have the best of intentions and ideas about how to revolutionize education…but August comes around very quickly. This is my #flipblogs round 3 entry.  I have again chosen the Vlog format as I am consciously ignoring everything I “NEED” to do and am taking my son camping so…. tthhhhuuurrrbbbttt… (tongue out emoticon) to…

What inspires flip? & Where to start?

What inspires flip? & Where to start? My Vlog entry entry #flipblogs Session #2 Okay, because I am a teacher, I also have a summer job.  I not only flip my classroom, this summer I am flipping a house so after 12 hour days hanging drywall, my mind and body will not endure a typed…

Only A Few Apologies…No Regrets

Final report and lessons learned putting on our first flipped learning conference. Having taken a few breaths since our inaugural Illinois Flipped and Blended Learning Network Conference at Huntley Illinois on June 15th and 16th I am surprised to announce that I have only a few apologies and zero regrets about our inaugural conference But…

Lessons In Learning: Reminded HOW To Learn By My Plumber

How learning a new set of skills to plumb my project house reminded me of the emotional and mental rollercoaster of learning something totally new. This summer I am rehabbing/rebuilding a house across from my parents.  To keep costs low we are doing the bulk of the work ourselves.  This is something I learned from…