Monday, July 9, 2012

Different tech tools for #flipclass

Other great ideas from #flipclass discussion tonight on twitter.  More reflections to come.

Excellent summary by Mrs. Kirch

Using Cell Phones in a Math Classroom

This wiki has some ideas on how other teachers are using cell phones in their classes as well as some policies that schools are using to help students become better digital citizens. I was taken to this wiki by a comment on an article about 5 reasons to allow students to use cell phones in schools

#flipcon12 archives: From Innovation to Implementation

I need to watch this video From Innovation to Implementation because I want my students to learn how to FAIL - First Attempt In Learning.

Guidelines for Success in Mrs. Belyea's Class for #flipclass

I was reading this blog about #flipcon12.  I am still trying to work through what I want students to really be able to do.  So far this is my list of priorities.
  1. Relationships/Connections
  2. Communication/Conversations
  3. Perseverance
  4. Collaboration
  5. Creative Media
  6. Reflections
I need to watch "A Flipped Approach to Assessment" soon.

Goal Setting for Self-Pacing

I was reading Flipping the Elementary Classroom and came up on a comment that gave me an epiphany. Students need to learn how to goal set for themselves in order to self-pace and make progress through a flipped classroom (or any classroom really).  As I look at this fall, part of my relationship building will be looking over the self-pacing that a student sets up for themselves.  Helping them see how they can complete all the things they need to do and learn as much as they can to prepare themselves for the future they want is what I think is key to helping my students be lifelong learners.

Thanks to Gooru - Finding the Virtual Math Lab

I was reading on 35 sources of curated educational videos about Gooru which has curated videos that are 2,600 standards-aligned and personalized study guides.  On Gooru, I found a link to this virtual math lab which has explanations and tutorials for most of the lower level college math classes but could be used by a high school student to brush up on math learning.  Go to WTAMU virtual math lab to give it a try.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Redefine Learning Spaces

Today I was reading Redesigning Learning In a Flipped Classroom

Important things to remember: All students learn in different ways - celebrate those ways of learning and help those same students push themselves outside of their comfort zone to learn in new ways to maximize their understanding.

A flipped classroom requires a shift in my teacher thinking - students can learn anywhere and any time and their time with me may not always be directly be related to math, chemistry, or careers.

Chaos that others may see is what is engaged learning for my students. I want to do what is best for my students at all times and in whatever form that may be.

Quote: "Students are engaged in their learning. They are coaching one another through hard questions. Groups form spontaneously, based on self-identified needs. There is freedom to be wrong, free from a fear of failure or negative consequence. Since the class is student time, the “noise” is really hypothesis, creation, and critique in their purest forms. Also bear in mind, this change does not happen overnight. This movement requires a shift that has to occur in both the student’s, as well as the teacher’s, perception of school and the learning process. This requires a healthy investment of time and energy."

As I think about this quote, how can I make this happen?

I want to meet my students learning needs for all students. Using videos, textbook readings, interactive online tools, and other Web 2.0 options I can provide the resources to my students to be successful.

Flipping a classroom is a philosophy, not a procedure.

John Tague's comment was compelling "one of the guiding principles of my class: forward progress by every student every day. The other is: no one gets held back or left behind."

Flipped Class Musings

I have been enjoying watching videos, reading blogs, and writing about my thoughts concerning flipping my classroom.  Delia from  hit it on the head: Lightbulb : Higher order activities at school with me, lower order activities at home using Bloom's taxonomy.  I want my students to think deeply in class where I am there to help them and to do the lower order things at home where they will need less if any help from me.