Some Changes and Updates

This may be the longest stretch I've gone without writing anything on the blog. My last post was on September 26th, and for various reasons, I haven't been able to add any new content. Now, because I know there are throngs of people waiting with bated breath to see what happens next, this is more of a digest of the past month in an effort to clear my head of the many things that have been floating around.

Homes - My wife and I are trying to buy a house. If you've gone through the mortgage process, then I'm guessing I don't need to say much more. In between trying to explain why I don't have a credit history and talking about interest rates, I barely have enough brain power to think about what it actually means to buy a house.

Flipped Learning - I have officially joined the board of the Flipped Learning Network, the not-for-profit organization that organizes and manages different events surrounding flipped learning. I'm enjoying it a lot, but it is a big addition to my already busy schedule at school. On that note, however, I'm beginning a bigger social media presence for the FLN. Follow us on Twitter for periodic updates and announcements surrounding flipped learning.

School - For whatever reason, this school year has seemed more busy that every other year, including my first year. Perhaps it is everything else I'm involved in, but I'm working harder in school than I ever have in the past. I'm still trying to use a simple standards-based grading system with my students, and we're continuing to work together to iron out problems. I'm also in the midst of transitioning my web design class to a computer applications class in which students can choose different foci or tracks to pursue. Rather than focusing on web design, they'll be able to work on photography or photo editing, video and film, music composition, or web design. I've been curating content and I'm nearly ready to begin organizing into a syllabus and path for them to follow.

Hopefully I'll get back to writing again someday. Thanks for continuing to read and interact with me on Twitter. You're all a fantastic help, and my learning wouldn't be nearly as rich without you.

3 thoughts on “Some Changes and Updates

  1. Rachel says:

    I love that you have a twitter page for your FLN. It is such a convenient way to keep everyone updated. I bet that’s a lot of work to change your class to computer applications. I think that’s a great change. I would have loved to do web designs, video, filming, and music composition when I was in high school! Hope to read updates soon!

  2. Georgia Baker says:

    Hello Mr. Bennett,

    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama
    and I loved your blog. I am also on a never ending cycle of time. Most days
    there is not enough time for me to complete one task. My husband and I are also
    in the process of trying to buy a house, therefore I truly understand the
    credit issues. I love the idea of flipped learning and I hope to one day
    implement it in my classroom. Being a pre-k teacher is crazy and even worse
    when you are going to school yourself to complete a degree. I will following
    you on twitter.

  3. Ben says:

    Congrats on making the house purchase, although I know that it may not be a huge positive given some of the hoops you’ll have to jump through to get to “closing”.

    As for getting busier, the only advice I can offer is to do it now while you’re still young and without children! If you’re the family-type, once kids come into the picture, they will (and should) start shifting priorities for you in unexpectedly magnificent ways, and by getting a lot of great experiences under your belt now it will be easier to prioritize later. This of course is a wild presumption that you actually want and will have children in the future :)

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