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Update of the update:
I hope you've enjoyed your book group this year and have gotten something from the readings and from the discussions with each other. You will share what you have learned our next staff meeting.
Get with your group sometime before April 9 to:
During April's faculty meeting, please be prepared to present a 10 minute summation to the staff of your monthly book group PD. Some groups will present during the April meeting, the rest will go in May so we'll have time to discuss.
To ensure you are ready, make sure your group can answer yes to all the following questions by April's staff meeting:
Let me know if you have any special requests.
Click the image to go to the Google Form for Piedmont's PD Book Study Groups for 2013-2014.
Flipped Education is a term for the idea of automating the lecture/instruction part of your class so you are free during whole group time for discussion, practice and activities.
It's called flipped because in the old days homework was the practice done with out the teacher and kids would spend all their time in class just listening.
But we've never been about learning like that at Piedmont: Ms. Bailey uses Blendspace, our teachers personalize (as seen here) , and here are two specific examples of Flipping at Piedmont:
Our World Language Teachers Flip
Our Math Teachers FLIP
this is a youtube video of the demolition you just have to take my word about the 1.63 seconds."
Last Friday we talked about Nana's Chocolate milk and this is where last Friday's quiz can from, the egg problem at the bottom.
these are some things from Khan academy that may be helpful, this , and this, and some practice problems
Mr. Booth also makes his own videos, he reports that students loved seeing his own children in the video, this is motivating:
this is a clip of me playing the Product Game with my Daughter
Here are some practice problems, just push pause before I solve them and then check your answer against mine.Practice
The divisibility test is something to know. Here is Kahn's take on it, another look. I like to know why three works and 9 too. Here are some Practice Problems for the D. test
Some definitions that would be good to know:
Prime Number, Composite Number ,Perfect Number ,Abundant Number Deficient Number, Proper Factor
Intro to flipped PD (using the presentation below)
Flipping is a tool that is traditionally thought of as "class lecture at home, homework in class" the resources can be used in many ways: for whole group, for homework, or individually in class or as remediation or enrichment. In order to do a brief skype session about flipping at our faculty meeting, please view the following resources at your leisure so our session won't run long. Be thinking about how and if you can use these in class and come ready with questions and I'll share how and when we use it in our IB middle school.
I have cued the videos to begin at the minute I want you to start watching. You are welcome to watch the whole thing but you don't have to.
What is Flipping? - TV news segment on Flipping http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxJgPHM5NYI&feature=youtu.be&t=6m11s -watch minute 6:11-10:13
Benefits of Flipping for at-risk students (raised scores, lower dropouts, fewer failures) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3LGd88qrTA&feature=youtu.be&t=1m41s watch minute 1:41-2:08
Please also take a quick peek (don't have to watch whole video) at these sample flips:
An example of a literacy/social studies/character ed or library flip (watch the video then click "think" "dig deeper" and "discuss" to see how one teacher used it as a lesson. Teachers can modify these questions, add their own, use it as is or upload their own lesson from scratch) http://ed.ted.com/featured/3nnuEvPB
An example of a Math Flip on that same site : http://ed.ted.com/featured/7mw3qRSi
Want to know more?
Here is the Flipped and Blended PD I delivered to a principal's meeting based on the flipping and blending we do here at Piedmont. Including links to resources for making your own as well as ready-made lessons for you to take from sites like ted-Ed, Khan, etc.
A Flipped Lesson + Augmented Reality Bonus
This is the Flipped lesson the counselors and I presented using the ColAR Mix app
including more info about Augmented Reality and resources for using it in apps like ColarMix and Aurasma.
This blog is a compendium of District and Piedmont -specific PD opportunities, trainings, and notes.