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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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Battle Plan

I completed the JEA CJE test today. It was rough. I am a terrible test-taker. But, I hope all is well and I pass.

I went through my calendar today and started scheduling my time to complete the tasks I WANT to complete, not necessarily NEED to complete.

Tomorrow, I am going to finish creating the transition document for my district to convert the traditional curriculum into the virtual model. This should not be taxing, but time-consuming.

Friday, I am planning my PBL. The goal is to have the students learn about the process, while teaching the class about inferences, as they are the first standard we are to teach as part of our pacing guide. Two birds, one stone.

Next week is Flip week. I can accomplish nothing at home. I recently purchased Alice: Madness Returns, and I am waiting to watch some documentaries from Netflix. Therefore, I will accomplish not procrastinating by locking myself in my classroom at school. I plan to complete the following:

1. “How to use Edmodo for ELA” Professional Development presentation
2. “Flipping your Classroom the ELA Way” Professional Development presentation
3. “PBL 101” project plan
4. “The Hunger Games” Unit Plan (Full-flip)
5. “Into the Wild” Unit Plan (Full-flip)

I will be posting the documents as I create them.

Day One

I can’t believe that it’s already July! But, I should be happy that it’s only July.

I went to school today thinking I would only be there for an hour – I left eight hours later.

I managed to finish the rubrics for the Journalism contest I am helping coordinate and to start dabbling with the flipping websites I have been signing up for.

I am going to be starting the Flipping with my “What is PBL?” project. PBL is a major focus at our school and the 9th graders need to understand the in’s and out’s of the process. I think I am going to identify the standards, write the project, and then begin the flip process.

I did try and dabble with the TED Flipping YouTube Option, but it was not allowing me to activate the quiz function. I sent an email to their service department, so hopefully it is resolved.

I set up my Collaborize Classroom site. That was much easier. Now, I just need to wait until I have members to set up the groups. But, I think my first video might be a tutorial for how to sign-up, as I can foresee that as a stumbling block.

Off to Uncharted 3. I deserve a break.


I think all of us have grand plans over the summer, but then it comes, and it is overwhelming.

How do you pull yourself out of the “I have so many ideas and no idea where to start rut?!”

And then you think you have everything set with your ideas, when you find 10 more cool ideas to incorporate.

What a conundrum.

So, solution?

I am going to force myself to go into the building next week. If I am in a quiet place without any distractions, I might be able to accomplish what I want to accomplish.

But . . .

I think part of the problem is that my PS3 is functioning and it is coaxing me into playing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I have almost beat it.

The only problem is that I then have Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception sitting on my floor. Obviously, I will have to start playing that then as well.

What a dilemma.