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


Sidelined and “What is PBL?”

I have some weird stomach cramp thing, so I did not go to school today. I decided I should still do something, so I mocked up my “What is PBL?” project plan. I’m satisfied with it at this point. But, I’d appreciate any feedback.

What is PBL?

It’s not a ridiculous amount of flipped material, due to the fact that it’s only the second week of school with freshmen. I figure I should ease them into it. But the process paper will allow them to truly reflect and understand the difference between a traditional project and a Project-Based Learning project.

Their spring project will be much more flipped!

Tomorrow, I am going to try and come in to school to get things done regarding my two other units.

The Importance of a Collaborative Environment

When I first started teaching in 2006, I was met with an English Department of about 25. As you all know, being a new teacher can be daunting, but that feeling is multiplied when you are a replacement halfway through the year. I figured that I would be able to meet with the other English teachers and collaborate, similarly to how you do in college.

The first mandated collaborative meeting for our department happened every Wednesday right after school. The first went something like this . . .

Veteran teacher #1: We do it like this because it’s right. I’m not changing it.
Veteran teacher #2: Yeah. There is no point in reinventing the wheel!
Me: Would you mind explaining the standards we are covering so I can make sure I am doing it right?
Veteran teacher #3: Just read the lesson plan. You can figure it out. Continue reading

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.

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

Studying and thinking

                                                                                               Photo: Charlie Eisenhood

I’ve been studying for the past week for my upcoming test. I’m not feeling particularly confident. I’m a terrible test taker.

I was able to use Quizlet and link the cards I made to the Flashcardlet app. Those have been helping.

I am excited though to return to my Flipping journey though.

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.