Archive for the ‘ Flipped Classroom ’ Category

“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.



My cat, Annie, participates in solidarity.

So, in case you missed it, I’m in the hospital. After the stomach pains I experienced on Sunday and Monday, I decided I needed to see the doctor. It was after 5 p.m. And urgent care said I needed to go the ER.

Long story short, I had my appendix removed. My first surgery completed and everything seems ok so far, which I guess is good for a 29-year old.

While laying in bed (thank goodness for the iPad and wireless), I realized I was annoyed, not at the pain, but that the pain was keeping me from my school plans. But, I did come up with some ideas. Continue reading

Rethinking the novel study

I’m taking a few moments away from studying because a conversation I had yesterday has been gnawing at me.

What am I going to do with the study of a novel and incorporating the Flip model?

I’ve already been having an internal discussion with the release of The Hunger Games film. Unfortunately, and fortunately, it is ridiculously close to the book, minus a few creative liberties taken for time and cohesion on the big screen. If a student watches the film, then why will they read the book?

I think I sort of have an answer. I want to redo the entire Hunger Games experience in my classroom, from start to finish. Continue reading

Driving really does provide the best setting for thought

                                                                                                       Photo by Anthony Willett

I was driving to school today and thinking about my plans for the next few weeks.

I am taking the JEA CJE test on July 11th, which means studying a ridiculous amount about court rulings regarding the 1st Amendment and understanding the statistical evidence that is reflected in student achievement after participating in a journalism course. It’s quite an undertaking.

While I was driving, I was still thinking about what my classroom will look like next year. How exactly do I implement the “Flip” model in my classroom? How do I make it work for my students?

So, I think there are a few things I’m settled on . . .

Continue reading