The most common question I get from teachers about making a more sustainable classroom or flipping their classroom is “Where do I start?”
You may be asking yourself this question before even considering if flipping your classroom is something you want to do, and I think you are absolutely justified in doing so because you want to know if it will be worth your time.
Well, when I answer this question, and what I’ll lay out for you in this episode is the fact that how you start your classroom is not just the answer to how you get started with step one, it’s also the exact thing you should be focusing on for each and every step you take and decision you make in your flipped classroom.
What that means is that when you take this first step toward flipping your classroom, you’re also helping your future self by making each and every other step in the flipping process that much easier to take - saving you time and headache in the process.
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...
Hey there and welcome to the Sustainable Teacher Podcast/Blog about the number one tool your classroom needs right now.
We are in a time of transition in education as we head back to normal or at least to some sort of new normal. You are probably right in the middle of the teacher-hustle, and you’re reflecting on the changes you want to make to your daily teaching life so that it’s a bit more sustainable, am I right?
Either way, the tool that I’m going to tell you about today is one that’s going to help you take practical steps towards a more sustainable and effective classroom in the modern times of education. It’s going to help you take steps towards more evenings focused on your family and less weekends spent grading papers, all while maintaining or even increasing your effectiveness in the classroom.
Want to know what the number one tool is?
It’s the Flipped Classroom Starter Kit I’ve built to help you do ...
A Student’s Story
She walks into class and other students look twice because she’s actually there, for the first time in weeks. They give her curious looks, and try not to be rude, but she can’t help but notice how her presence throws off the balance of the room.
She’s glad to be back, though, and she’s so thankful for the warm greeting her teacher gives her. It helps her through the fact that the last month has been pretty touch and go for her with all kinds of doctor’s appointments and various medical issues. It wasn’t her fault she was absent - sometimes life takes higher priority than even school.
She’s glad to be back, but being back means she’s got some major catch up to do. Just after one day back at school she feels this immense pressure and weight on her chest that eventually exacerbates her existing medical condition, compounding its effects both physically and in her education....