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…

#Flipblogs Pre-Work #1 – “Gotta Catch’em All!”

How flipped learning, Pokemon, and mastery made my parent/teacher conferences 1000% better. Prologue:  @flipping_A_teacher (Andrew Swan), @crystalkirch, myself, and a few others were discussing ways to adjust the twitter and blog experience to create another productive venue for beneficial interaction and discussion of flipped learning topics. Then straight off the top rope with an atomic…

Where’s MY data?

How do I collect data that I can be confident reflects the true level of effectiveness of flipped learning? As a general rule I am a skeptic.  I approach change slowly.  I have read @RobertTalbert on the Flipped Learning Network blogs and the FLN slack. However, since the very early stages of my flipped journey…

Flipping > Crocs : How Foam Shoes Can Inform Flipped Learning

  I agree with Andrew Swan (@flipping_A_tchr) but there are a few cautionary lessons to be learned. Just a few days ago there was a Twitter conversation between some well informed and experienced flip teachers expressing disappointment in the quality of unit lesson plans for flipped classrooms. The discussion that followed echoed comments that I…

Doing a flip conference without flipping out…too much.

This is the story with only weeks to go. In under three weeks there is a tremendous flipped and blended learning conference happening in Huntley, Illinois, June 15th and 16th. This is more than a sales pitch for the Illinois Flipped & Blended Learning Network Conference (#ilfabn), this is a behind-the-scenes look at some of…

Who makes the content? Students!

Student produced content is a win-win-win for everyone. (This blog is based on my experiences, data gathered from my students, and research I have done that is summarized more completely with multiple links and media examples here bit.ly/STUDENTCREATION) When a teacher approaches flipping a class there are far more questions than answers. May I suggest a…

Flipped, Blended, and the Teacher’s Union.

Do we ever think about our rights to content we create when we flip or blend our classrooms? Have you ever gone on a trip and wake up startled, afraid you left the garage door open? Have you ever traded in a vehicle for a different one and had a nagging fear that maybe that…

A How-To…or Not-To…of Flipped & Blended Learning Conferences

The maddening, worrying, exciting, disappointing, creative, joyful, and frustrating parts of putting on a quality flipped and blended learning conference. Like every large endeavor in life hosting and planning a flipped and blended learning conference is both the best idea and worst idea you have ever had all at the same time. As I write…

Flip…Blend…Repeat

What is flipped learning? what is blended learning? what is tech-enhanced? AAAHHHHH!!!!! Take a look at this simplistic definition in 1 minute and 20 seconds… CLICK HERE CLICK HERE to view the short video made with PowToon by @ILFABN