Flipped Classroom

I have been intrigued with the Flipped Classroom for a while. (The general idea is the reverse of the traditional learning environment: delivering instructional content like videos, primary source documents, reading assignments– outside of the classroom. It moves activities, including those that may have traditionally been considered homework, like discussion questions, projects, and activities based on […]

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How Technology Changed the Teaching Profession (and it’s not what you think)

The internet at your fingertips. Virtual Field Trips. Google Earth. Google Classroom. Google anything, really….Drive….Slides….Docs…Calendar. What did we do before Google? Those are all great, but not what I was thinking. During graduate school, we had to write two-three page lesson plans, which were a total waste. Three pages per lesson, at five subjects a […]

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IB Exhibition: Part III

The research is done (Part I). The community visit or interview is done (Part II). Now what? Quick re-cap: The students picked a man-made system that interested them, researched the system and current problems with that system, then interviewed or went on a community visit to talk to someone in the field.  As part of […]

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End-of-Year Lifesavers

If you are like me, those last few days of school are a struggle. The students have finished their end-of-year exams, they know grades are finished, but you’re not quite ready to pop in the movie just yet. I found a  few lifesavers that helped me keep my sanity this week. Rock on to 5th […]

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IB Exhibition: Part II

My students have been working on Exhibition for a few weeks now. (See previous post on how we got started, our Unit of Inquiry, and “Finding Out”.) After researching man-made systems, my students moved on to “Sorting Out” and “Going Further.” The students chose three key concepts to start brainstorming questions to go along with […]

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