Are you ready for a very practical, how-to episode today? I hope so, because that’s exactly what I’ve got for you when it comes to implementing stations. I try not to overwhelm you on this podcast with “implement this now and solve all your problems” strategies, because that’s just not how things work, and, at least for me, learning all kinds of new things just clouds my thinking and vision, and I end up accomplishing less.
However, a nice how-to every now and then can be refreshing, and I hope that today’s episode is that for you, and it’s all about stations and how they can be used in any classroom.
Now, who could use stations, what classrooms or students would it benefit? And I want to answer that question before we get started. Really, any teacher at any grade level can use stations, but I recommend the use of stations, and wrote today’s episode...
It is mid October at the time this episode will air which means only one thing… the Holidays, and Winter break, and by extension, second semester, is right around the corner. Home improvement and craft stores have been setting up for Christmas since August, so don’t call me crazy that I’m talking about it in today’s episode. Deal?
Alright - today I’m giving you a challenge, if you’re willing to take it on and reap the benefits for you, your classroom, and your students. And the challenge is this - flip your classroom by Christmas.
Now, does every teacher need or want to do this? Absolutely not. And many of you listening today have already flipped, and I’d love to give you a virtual (or at least audio only) round of applause… and ask that you email me or find me on social media and let me know how it's going - truly I want to know. But for everyone else who hasn’t flipped and has maybe...
Brenda in 4th grade, Keri in 7th grade math, Jessica in high school chemistry, Megan in Algebra 2, and Charles in high school ELA… all are teachers who flipped their classrooms this past school year and are now on the other side of their hard work reaping the rewards of the flipped model and ready to share their own and their student success with you.
I’m compiling experiences into this one episode and hope that the stories shared allow you to see the possibilities for your own classroom and daily teaching life.
After listening to this episode you’ll be inspired by the success teachers of the flipped classroom have found, and see yourself in their transformation, knowing that this time next year, your classroom or student success story will be told.
Let’s get to it.
Before we get started I want to point you to a resource that I think you’ll love seeing and that is all of the stories I’m going to be sharing with you today and WAY MORE are...
On today’s episode of the Sustainable Teacher Podcast I am so excited to welcome Charles Youngs, a 30-year high school English teacher in Western Pennsylvania, who has been recognized as a Pennsylvania State Teacher of the Year finalist, a Fulbright scholar, and is a frequent presenter at the annual convention of the National Teachers of English.
Currently he spends his days in a suburban public high school just south of Pittsburgh, teaching courses in Writing, Public Speaking and in AP Literature. That’s just part of his day. The other half is spent as an instructional coach for faculty on the ins and outs of ed tech.
Charles and my paths crossed in the spring of 2020, as he explains in the interview, when he was thinking about ways to make his time with students more intentional and more effective. He took my online course, Flipped Classroom Formula, and offers today a unique perspective on flipping, one that includes that of an English teacher and how to...
On today’s episode of the Sustainable Teacher Podcast I am so excited to welcome Jessica Verrill, a chemical engineer turned stay-at-home-mom turned high school chemistry teacher. She has been teaching chemistry at a small town academy in central Maine since 2018, has a wonderful husband, two fabulous teenage daughters, and a fun little dog named Ziggy. Jessica loves to spend time with her family kayaking on the local river, at camp on the New Brunswick border, and hiking in the mountains or on the beautiful coast of Maine.
Our paths first crossed in the spring of 2020, as Jessica will explain in the interview, where she attended my flipped classroom workshop. She then took my online course Flipped Classroom Formula, and is on the podcast today to share her classroom transformation amongst teaching in a pandemic and the success she and her students have experienced because of her hard work, and strategic decision to flip her classroom.
Topics discussed in today's...
I can't wait to share this with you! Recently, I interviewed Keri Tafuro who demonstrated how flipping her classroom has transformed the teaching experience and the learning experience of her students, both within the pandemic and regardless of it.
On today’s episode of the Sustainable Teacher Podcast I am so excited to welcome Keri Tafuro, a full time classroom teacher of 7th and 8th grade math in Vacaville, California. Keri isi a 22-year teacher, having taught math at the high school, and now middle school level. She and her husband have two college-aged children, and mine and Keri’s paths crossed about a year ago when Keri was exploring a bit more about the flipped classroom, and came upon one of my Facebook live trainings.
Since then she has jumped in with two feet taking Flipped Classroom Formula last summer and into flipping her classroom this school year. I can’t wait to bring her...
Hey there teacher friend! Today I’ve got a bit of a different episode for you. A few months back I sat down with Catherine Whitcher, the Master IEP Coach of specialedinnercircle.com and catherinewhitcher.com to chat about the possibilities of the flipped classroom in today’s education context and how the flipped classroom can serve teachers at the IEP table and their students.
This interview was done for Catherine’s podcast which I encourage you to go check it out, it’s called Special Education Inner Circle, and so she is actually interviewing me. I loved our conversation so much that I wanted to share it on my podcast as well. At the end of the episode you’ll hear me talk about dates long past for the Sustainable Teacher Challenge, but have no fear you can still go check that out here.
From a basic understanding of flipped learning to how the flipped classroom can serve you and your students long after distance learning, this...
The flipped classroom has been around for probably close to 15 years. In the education realm, it's not a brand-new concept, but it is one that is gaining traction with more and more teachers because of the many ways it can improve classroom engagement and the performance of students.
However, there are quite a few misconceptions about the flipped classroom that prevent teachers from even considering it. In this post, I want to flush out those misconceptions so that teachers can consider flipping for what it truly is.
First thing's first. Let's start with the big one. I like to address the elephant in the room, and this is definitely one of them. Here's why... because it does take time. Flipping your classroom very much takes time to craft and master. But here's the thing - it's not that it take more time, it is a trade off in time spent.
The big goal of the business world is to be cognizant of and have a...
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...