How do you blog during the school year?

You don’t. Ha.
I’m here. Still.
I’ve been flipping. I’ve been teaching. I’ve been changing. I think I’ll be able to reflect over Thanksgiving break.

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Building Content

I will begin creating content this weekend and posting videos this week.

Excited!

If you teach it, they will come


Over the last two days, I was able to present a professional development course on Edmodo and Flipping the ELA classroom for English teachers in my district. To say it was awesome would be an understatement.

I was able to sit in a classroom with teachers of my same discipline and share the information that I have been gathering and experimenting with all summer. Not only was I able to share, but I was also able to engage in that conversation and learn about the ways they may have been utilizing the Flip Model without being aware of it.

What I learned, after the jump

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Parting is such sweet sorrow

There may be nothing worse than reading the last sentence of a great book.

I know this is an experience that (hopefully) everyone has had at one time, or hopefully more than one time, in their life. You dread reading that last sentence because you know that this will be the last time you will be able to experience the life of characters who have become your, for lack of a better word, “friends.”

So, instead, you choose denial and turn back to page one and start reading again.

This made me think to myself, “Will our students be able to have that experience, at least once, as a product of their reading in my classroom?”

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“What is the Flipped Model?”

After about ten hours and lots of “learning experiences,” I have finally finished the introductory video for my “ELA Flipped Classroom” presentation next week. I hope that this is a video that you can share with your colleagues to introduce the dialogue about this mindset/pedagogy/methodology/(insert your term here) as you start this upcoming school year.

Busy

I’ve been incredibly busy. Well, as busy as I can handle being right now.

I have two presentations to put together: One for Edmodo and one for the Flipped ELA Classroom.

The presentation for the Edmodo session is complete. The other for the Flipped ELA Classroom is in progress.

Then it’s time to get into the PBLU project I need to modify for use in my classroom.

A meatier blog post is coming later this week. I’ll make sure it’s extra introspective.

Back

I am finally back to normal. Well, sort of. I have a little soreness left, but nothing that will deter me from being productive anymore.

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There has been A LOT of discussion regarding the Google 20% project and how it could/can lend itself to student involvement/achievement/ownership etc. I think it’s an interesting idea, but how it will work, well, that’s a lot to think about.

The basic premise is that Google affords it’s employees 20% of their contract working time to explore their personal interests without penalty. Some of the greatest Google inventions have resulted from this 20% time, including Gmail.

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