Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My first video for my flipped class

Attached, linked, embeded in this post is my first video for my flippled classroom. It is rather long and I am already thinking I might cut it down but thinking I might like some feedback before I go and re-record.
I will be using this video to serve 2 purposes. One to introduce to concept of watching videos at home as well as how to take notes while watching the video. After a talk about note taking and introducing the cornell notes format students will watch the video as a class to practice watching a video and taking notes. I will be guideing a discussion around what they think is important and how they know it is important as well as the concept of "pausing" the teacher.

I welcome your feedback and suggestions in the comments. Click on the link below to view the video as it is a little too big for Blogger to handle.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

New thoughts on teaching

It has been awhile since I have posted to this blog. I have been busy with changing my class structure, room, starting up an FLL team, and most importantly doing some family time. Although no I am on a new adventure that I would like to share and hopefully get some thoughts on as I travel down this road.  Over the next year I will be working on flipping my classroom for my two robotics classes and possibly my tech 1 class.
I have tried something like this in the past with mixed results. I have created video intros to topics and skills students then work on in class watching a video trainer. What I found was that students just went to the video trainer and I still ended up lecturing or doing whole class instruction. I would really like to get away from traditional stand and deliver as I find that I tend to ramble on and on and loose my students. I also find that I am not able to diffrentiate my instruction very well either. Although I am finding that even with flipping/reverse teaching I find that I am still struggling with meeting the needs of my special ed, Ell, 504, etc. students. I am hoping that as I venture down this road that I can get support from you as well as my colleagues.
Ok I am off to do some reading in the book Flip your classroom: Reach every student every day. I look forward to your comments, feedback, and guidence on this "flipping" journey :)