Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Flipped Classroom

Best of Summer Series #2

Iron sharpens iron. I love getting together with creative teachers, especially at great conferences like FETC (Florida Educational Technology Conference) where I have already been blown away by creativity. (Don't forget, this is a "best of" for the summer.)  It’s especially fun when those who have a great theory bring a practitioner, a teacher in the trenches, who has implemented theory into practice. Today I had the privilege of attending the pre-FETC DEN Day of Discovery where Dr. Lodge McCammon returned to share his energy, enthusiasm, creativity and love of education. Two years ago he taught us how to create paperslide videos that has been a hit with most of my teachers and this year he brought his theory of the “flipped classroom” along with Katie Gimbar, the teacher in the trenches, flipping her Algebra 1 classroom totally around.  I just had to turn you on to his genius because his true art is making things simple.  This “tuesdays” is all about the “flipped classroom” by Dr. Lodge McCammon.

A creative website

NC State’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation hosts the FIZZ model of instruction brought to us today by Dr. Lodge McCammon. The workshop began with some storytelling about Lodge’s dad’s influence and I was struck by the wisdom he quoted from his dad, “Americans always do the right thing after trying everything else.”  We may just be at that point in education where we can “flip” everything we’ve been doing for the sake of engagement. His solution is NO LECTURES IN THE CLASSROOM. Instead, flip classroom teachers record “one-take” videos of their lectures and then assign application activities for class time rather than homework. This style of learning engages. is more rigorous and touches all the multiple intelligences.  It’s self-paced, differentiated and collaborative. Most importantly the students collaborate, create and publish their own videos in class which allows them to reanalyze their learning, refocus understanding and republish content.   He certainly practices what he preaches because he has provided one-take videos on his website for all to understand.  Make the time to check them out. They are so worth it:

An image to share

Image of paperslide video designed by my husband, Jack and created by Bradford County teachers.

A proverb
"Teachers need to stop saying, “Hand it in,” and start saying “Publish It.”

 Alan November

An encouragement
So many have asked why would you take the time to video your lessons when there is YouTube and Khan Academy?  According to Dr. McCammon, we know that student success depends upon great teachers and that teaching is largely about having a personal relationship with the students. Students also need to trust their teacher.  When students watch videos created by people they do not know, they may make connections to the content, but when your teacher takes the time to video their instruction, it sends two great messages: I care and I know my content.  When we send our student somewhere else, we are actually outsourcing our teaching.  I want to encourage you to watch the videos I have linked for you in the creative website section and consider the “flip classroom” as a model of engagement for your students.  Let me know if you need some help.  I would love to be a part of the process. (Katie Gimbar’s reason for doing her own videos)

How do you do that?

How can you ever make the time to create video content? First, recognize that you do not need tech skills or video editing equipment.  All you need is a simple video camera, like a FLIP camera or digital camera turned to video mode and a tripod. You are going to deliver a lesson, so why not video it and have it for remediation, enrichment or review for absentees? Draw your lesson out on the board, SMARTBoard or paper and record it in one take.  Don't worry about perfection. Pretend it’s first period (you know how we always practice on them!) The value of creating your personal instruction library is priceless. It may take time, but you will have a collection that your students and parents will treasure. How exciting. Kudos to Dr. Lodge McCammon for his creativity and tangible ways to make it all happen.  Most of all, thank you so much for sharing, Dr. McCammon.

As always, I am
Ubiquitously yours,

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