5 Days: In days, I hope to be finally caught up with my FlipCon 13 class! While everybody else was working hard at FlipCon13 - attending sessions, making connections, asking questions, recording reflections - I was relaxing on the beach of a Northern Minnesota lake. Boy, am I paying the price now! This has been a crazy week of playing catch-up in my class, but the intensity has made me focus and prioritize my time. So in the next five days, I'll be working on my new class assignments.
|This is supposed to be my "thinking" face...I hope I don't look this much in pain when I'm thinking.|
5 Weeks: Let's see...five weeks will be...August 3...wow...almost time to go back to school! My district starts school during the third week of August and ends in the middle of May, so when the calendar hits August I begin to feel that "pull" to get back in my classroom.
|This drawing makes me look like I'm trying to run away from school, but in actuality I'm always excited to get back to a fresh school year!|
5 Months: In five months, it will be December, right at the end of our first semester. This would be a perfect time to poll my students and parents regarding their impressions of flipped learning.
I also want to invite fellow teachers to visit my classroom during second semester to see what flipping is all about. If we have iPads for our students during second semester (this a possibility our administration is exploring), I'd like to spend the semester break brainstorming ways for students to use iPads for exploration, collaboration, and presentation. I've already got some ideas on this front, but I'm not going to take the time to flesh them out until those iPads are imminent!
5 Years: This is the vision I have for my classroom in five years:
There are a few details about the drawing above that I'd like to point out...First of all, I am in a corner, available for help (and happy!), but the students are busy doing the work of learning. Secondly, some students are working on their own, some are with partners, and some are in groups. There are a variety of activities that the students are working on, but they are all essential to the nature of science: inquiry, support of claims, communication, and problem-solving. My 5-year goal is that my students are learning in a differentiated, standards-based, flipped classroom that emphasizes the universal and changing nature of science. I want students to leave my classroom with the ability to make informed, thoughtful choices in their adult lives. As a teacher, this ideal has always been in my mind. FlipCon13, including all of the energetic and forward-thinking individuals I have met as a result of being involved with the conference and my class, has brought this ideal back to the forefront of my teaching philosophy.