On July 2nd, I wrote a short post about taking some time off for the month. Well, the month is over, I haven’t written a single article, and now I’m trying to decide what to focus on first.
I’ve been thinking a lot about defining my learning spaces this year. I’ve got some ideas about creating an inviting and inspiring space for students. I have some ideas, but I really want it to be my students who drive what happens. One thing I’ve thought about is a collage wall, where students can post pictures of their learning, especially learning outside of school. Hopefully, the photos will spark conversations and students will become experts in a certain area, and the pictures will help them tell their stories. We’ll see what happens with that.
I’ve also been thinking about flipped learning and what role it will play in my class this year. Again, the space is a major issue, but I’m also continuing to think about how learning will be defined next year. I’ll be writing more on the pedagogy behind flipping and what it looks like in my situation. I would also like to begin writing more about common threads found in all areas being flipped. We need to begin pushing the discussion further.
Finally, I am going to be working on the structure and content of my class website. I need to get back to the basics of what I’m teaching and streamline the content for my students. I’ll be making some changes to the course outlines as well as the videos within the course in an attempt to make them more interactive and not solely content delivery. Again, I’m not totally sure what the course will look like when this is done, but I’m excited about the possibilities.
When I wasn’t thinking about school, I learned how to make yogurt, moved into a new apartment, went to Colorado for a wedding, and rode a bike in a ride across Indiana.