Here at Teach On A Mission, like every other teacher, everywhere, we are in total back to school mode. And you can't be prepared to start a school year without talking about, preparing for, and understanding the significance of the first two weeks in the classroom.
The flipped classroom is no different.
Or is it?
Well, it kind of is.
The first two weeks in the flipped classroom are important not only so you can establish rapport and boundaries that benefit your classroom management abilities just like in the traditional classroom.
Yes, that's important, but in the flipped classroom, the first two weeks is MORE about empowering kids.
(photo by Nicole Honeywill, https://unsplash.com/photos/E3I2zjwGudM)
It's about empowering your students to own their learning, and know how to learn well.
So, in this post, I want to give you a picture of that classroom atmosphere, as well as some techniques to use to build that atmosphere and empower your students.
It's that time of year again. The time of year where teachers are doing more reflecting and planning than most people do in an entire calendar year. You are thinking about your future students, wondering what to expect, imagining the impact you can have, and dreaming of the connections you'll make in meaningful, authentic ways.
If you're reading this right now, I bet you are also the type of teacher who is thinking about ways you can make things better. Ways you can optimize class time, strategies to increase student accountability and engagement, creative management techniques, the new Pinterest-worthy classroom decor items you can buy, build, and add to your walls, the new folder or mailbox system, and don't forget the new classroom library!
Don't get me wrong, these are all awesome things, exact ones that I have been over the moon excited about over many summers in my teaching career. I do NOT fault you for these ambitions and goals during this time...