|Seriously. Love this.|
|We are so cheesy but yet this was so much fun :D|
This year, I have decided change how a teach and present the information totally different. I want to flip my classroom. Seriously, it's time. For those of you who don't know what the flip classroom is, it is a classroom where the instruction is delivered 'outside' the classroom and the activities that are usual considered homework are done in class. @Gayle_Gawlik explained it as a class that is inside out - its still the same clothes, but just put on differently. Less time doing laundry. I found this to be brilliant because this was the exact explanation that I was looking for. It seriously is the best way to describe what it is. There is less time focused on the direct instruction and more time focused on the students understanding the material and being able to complete the tasks. It's going to be a very difficult process for me because many of my students do not have access to computers at home. I'm working this out and following some really awesome people on twitter that have some answers to my questions/problems (Side note - twitter is the best pd in the world - I WISH I could use all I learn on twitter towards my pd). Also, not everything has to be done outside - it all depends on the student, I'm reading a book on the Flipped Classroom right now and will probably post about it at a later date (I'm too excited to wait on this post!)
As a first step, I'm creating a library of videos and works that will help my students as they take this adventure with me. So, being my goofy self (to my students, outside in the professional setting/'teacher talking to other teachers', I'm like that wallflower that is just there. Or so I was, I really have to shut up lately...I blame the power of the blog!), I have created a small little video to explain the way I set up my ISN. It just gets into the basics of things, but it's 2 minutes plus of Valdes/Baldino goodness. To us it's funny, to our students, well to our students, we are probably the oddest pair of teachers they have come across, but we keep it real and fun for them. After we show this little intro, we'll do a small little activity from it that will allow them to get up and move around. Obviously, we are only the facilitators. They will then complete their Author's pages in their notebooks.
Things I'm working on this weekend as I begin this amazing endeavor: A YouTube channel and a place to keep everything organized - it's a toss up - Edmodo or Edu2.0. I'll get back to you on what I pick :) There is one thing that I know about doing the flip class this year: It's going to make something that I love even more meaningful and more amazing. Now that's just "awesome".
So without further ado, I present to you a little ISN introduction (yay!):
Interactive Student Notebook Introduction
Hope you enjoy :D