- I have problems with making good sub plans now that I flip. Seriously, the whole point was to maximize teacher-student interaction time. So when I had to miss Monday and then Tuesday...... that was tough. If my school had 1:1 tech, then perhaps the students could have watched the next video during class time. That's a truly independent task. But no. I didn't really want the class to tread water, but that's basically what had to happen. Do any flippers have a standard go-to sub plan method?
- At my middle school we are dividing into task force groups to tackle narrowing the achievement gap in some way. Some teachers are exploring growth mindset strategies, or responsive classroom techniques, or another idea. My group of course is all about flipped learning. I believe that flipping can help narrow the gaps, particularly for special education populations, but I don't have data to prove that yet. We're thinking about how to gather that data ourselves, but it would be great if someone has already started this research at the secondary school level. Any angels out there??
- On a related matter, I was disappointed that we didn't get more teachers in our flipped-learning research group. The concept seems to simultaneously fascinate and frighten so many teachers. I wish there were a subtle and appropriate way to make everybody read Jason Bretzmann's "Not So Scary" blog post. If you haven't read that yet, please click the link and leave me behind!!
- Why does the zoom keep changing as I type this? Is that a Chrome browser thing? Or a Weebly issue? Or just a sign that I need to go to bed because I can't even type well either? Spellcheck must be overloaded. My sinuses certainly are. Okay I'm done.
Long time no post. That doesn't mean I have something profound to say. Actually my brain is barely working because I'm recovering from the flu. That fact inspired some thoughts about sickness and lesson-planning.
Who is this flipping guy?!
Andrew Swan just finished his 17th year of teaching middle school (currently 8th-grade Social Studies in a Boston suburb). Previously he has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English, ancient history, and geography in Maine and Massachusetts. This was Andrew's 4th year of flipping his instruction, thanks to the collaboration and support of his intrepid content partner. [not pictured]