If You Haven’t Changed Practice, Don’t Call It Flipped

When I try new things, the fear really sets in as I'm giving instructions and trying to pick up on the nonverbal cues my students are sending me. Most days, they roll with it. Other days...well, there is usually some kind of course correction in there. But it's part of my practice now. Not crashingRead More

Drawing Notes

I used to make fill-in-the-blank notes for my students to complete while watching a video. For a particular subset of students, that works well. Helping lower the barrier for learning by providing a construct for information gathering led to more engagement when it came time to use the information. Then I took on AP Biology.Read More

Flipped Learning as a Way to Build an Online Presence

Hybrid Pedagogy is a publication you should be reading. It's completely open access, written, edited, and published by educators. The article authors and editors are laser focused on the deeper questions within technology use in education like innate power structures, programmed bias, and the fact that technology is not agnostic by nature. This week IRead More

Maybe it IS About the Video…

In 2011, I wrote a post in which I strongly declared that Flipped Learning is not about the videos. But what if it is? flickr photo shared by cogdog Creative Commons Attribution BY license. The whole idea of Flipped Learning is moving from directing instruction in front of the community to allow active learning practicesRead More

The Line Between High Expectations and Impossible Expectations

I absolutely hate teaching bonding. The abstract nature of atoms, the minutiae of nomenclature, and the details of writing formulas bog students down and I struggle to meet their needs. So, we do POGILs, simulations, speed dating, labs, and drills. Lots of time is spent trying to correct patterns of work to meet the learningRead More

I Need to Remember to Post Answer Keys

Everything I do in class is geared toward building understanding. I want students to be able to both complete the task and understand why they're completing it. Learning is more than a collection of disconnected skills. Especially in chemistry, the more you see the interconnectedness, the easier it is to learn. Today, I gave aRead More