Oh the connections…

One of the happy surprises from embarking on this research has been how my colleagues have started to reach out and share resources that relate to flipped instruction. One of my fellow teachers sent this article on to me and it has potentially sparked something magical!

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Another project for me this year has been launching a literacy professional learning committee at school. It’s a slow, grassroots effort, but something is blossoming nonetheless. When considering how to share the best practices and incredible writing instruction already occurring in our Junior School, a lightbulb went off: we can flip that instruction too! One of the most certain universal truths about being a teacher is that we are busy! Our PD meetings through the year are almost entirely booked up by August and it’s hard for some teachers to take time away from their families to attend PD workshops. So, our literacy PLC is considering how we could share findings about effective writing instruction through a flipped instruction approach.

I’m not sure whether the clips will be ready by the end of the April (perhaps closer to June for the start of the 2013-2014 school year), but it’s an exciting addendum to this year-long adventure in flipped instruction.

The learning never really ends!

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2 comments on Oh the connections…

  1. Thanks for this important post. I say important because it shows how connections both in and outside of the school community can build capacity around your efforts to improve student learning.

    Also, here is a teacher that is beginning the same process for the same purpose. It’s an interesting approach worth taking a look at: http://www.ccusd93.org/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=31295&

    Also, it would be great if you could check out Jesse’s blog on his recent results of flipping the classroom – he’s done a lot of great reflection: http://cohort21.com/jdenison/2013/04/03/flipped-classroom-pt-2/

    Thanks, and see you soon!

  2. What a great idea. To capture this thinking for the purposes or sharing. I am exploring the new Google On-Air hangout. tool http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.html It might be perfect for this type of thing. The archiving and posting of the video is taken care of and all you have to do it coordinate who is coming to “hang-out”. We will be planning the last face-2-face this way. When we do we will not only broadcast it but also archive it for people who miss it when it airs love.

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