Fiddle-Farting Is More Fun Than Working

This week my job really got in the way of my educational fiddle farting. 136 unreasonable bosses I was sitting in the doctor’s office this this week, when one of my former teachers sat down beside me and asked if I was playing hooky from school. Of course my immediate response was “ummm… um…umm… yes…

I just needed to run a cable thru a wall…

I got back from a walk, ready to get some work done, but first i needed to re-route an Ethernet cable. We live in a small town on the prairies of Illinois which has meant being held hostage to the local phone company for internet access for twenty years.  An industrious young farmer/tech guy/drone surveyor/entrepreneur…

Flipped Learning Myth #4 Homework ONLY At School

The basis of flipped learning myth #4 is the second half of the definition of flipped as “videos at home/ homework at school” In the previous post for Myth #3 we discussed the limitations of defining flipped learning as “Videos and home” and the false limitations it places on students and teachers. Now let’s take…

Myth #3 Instruction ONLY At Home

The basis of flipped learning myth #3 can be found in this limited definition of flipped learning as “videos at home/ homework at school”.    A less than defining definition Different authors, innovators, and practitioners refer to flip learning in a variety of ways but I prefer the word “framework” because a framework is a…

The Paradox of Effort: Myth 2 Flipping is Easy

The Myth of Easy The second misconception about flipped learning is “flipped learning is easy for the teacher”. There is a tempting element of flipped learning that if the students are watching videos, and the students are doing homework, then the teacher is free to not have to do those things. That is only somewhat…

The Paradox of Effort: Addressing Flipped Learning Myths Part 1

I hope to cover just a couple myths about flipping in the next few blogs. The first two have to be grouped together because they are opposite sides of the same coin and both address the real and perceived effort required to flip a class. Myth number one: “It it’s really hard to flip a…

Flipped Learning & Special Educators

Basic Pre-Algebra 1 I teach high school math, and it is a firm belief of mine that every teacher at any level needs to have a good mix of classes to keep everybody honest and everyone empathetic about the variety of challenges of various student groups. To this end, I have AP Calculus BC followed…

I Blame #flipblogs (a Tongue-in-Cheek Reflection on Reflection)

The only other title I can think of for this blog is, “I blame Andrew Swan”. At the end of August, just as my school year was beginning, Andrew Swan threw down the gauntlet to write 20 blogs in 30 days that make up September. Andrew is a member of my long-distance professional learning community…

The Importance of Educational Supports Staff

Educational Supports Staff – Noun  (Plural) – Defined as non-classroom professionals whose goal is providing the emotional, social, and academic supports that allow education to proceed in the classroom where it otherwise would not. In previous blog I talked about how important it is that we have administrative support, and while the ideal is that…

Administrators can be key to flip class – #flipblogs

How principals are a key part of the flipped learning team. I have done flipped class under three different principals in the last seven years. This is not to say that I’ve had very many principals overall. I began my flipped class journey under a long serving and veteran principle that was very much old school….

Mapping Out Personalized Professional Development

Utilizing learning maps and flipped learning to give teachers flexibility and choice in their professional development. Every state and district has at least a few professional development components that while important, are not exactly enthralling and engaging. Additionally, there are also professional development topics that require at least a modicum of introduction and vocabulary understanding…