- I gave three video assignments/assessments within eight school days (Jan 20th, 23rd, and 29th) and that was apparently too much to handle. Now I have a backlog of quiz corrections on three different topics ... if I'm getting confused then how do the students feel?!
- However, the good news is that 29 of my 84 students aced all three quizzes -- that's over 1/3 of the whole class! On the flipside, 12 students did not get a passing score on any of those quizzes -- all but one of them gets special ed services, and most have a history of inconsistent preparation. Bergmann and Sams seemed to discover a similar phenomenon: about 10% of your students just won't play along, whether you teach with the textbook, lectures, projects, flipping, or whatever. Is that a cop-out, or is this just a reality of public schooling??
- What to do for students who can't easily access my online videos? A special case recently emerged for me: a student feels traumatized and frightened of going online at home because of some things she saw and read recently. I loaned her a copy of the textbook and marked the relevant page sections with Post-It notes. It's not a perfect solution, but it's working okay for this unit. While other students are taking the quiz, she can use the computer to see the video (if she feels comfortable enough) and/or read the textbook pages. She takes the quiz orally with me or sometime later during a study hall period. I would appreciate advice on this from other teachers.
The snow outdoors has all the depth I can handle right now.... So I will briefly post a few items here, and if you want me to say more then just ask!
Who is this flipping guy?!
Andrew Swan just wrapped his 19th year of teaching middle schoolers (currently grade 8 US Civics/Government in a Boston suburb). Previously he taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English, US History, geography, and ancient history in Massachusetts and Maine.