All Reflections from This Year can be Found Here.
I think that having the students begin creating their own content was a GREAT idea because it gave them one more level of ownership with the material. I don't know how often/how many I want them to make them because with anything, "too much of a good thing is a bad thing". With some continued feedback from my students over this week off of Spring Break, hopefully I'll have an idea of how to continue this throughout the year.
There were several instances this week where I wanted to take another "360" look at my classroom. However, my iPod, cell phone, and two digital cameras were all being used by student groups to make their own videos that I couldn't. If I could just freeze time and look around my classroom, it is seriously NOTHING like it has been in years past. It is truly a student-centered place where learning is happening every day.
- YouTube streams well on all devices, especially mobile devices...but doesn't work on campus
- SchoolTube works on campus... but doesn't work on all mobile devices, doesn't stream as well, and is more prone to upload errors
I think I say this every week, but my Algebra 1 kids are "coming along". I love what I am seeing from my top kids, my middle-of-the-road kids are making progress in the right direction, and I am still trying to find a way to motivate my low kids and have them at least learn SOMETHING every day.
"I finally realized how lazy I was when I watched the videos. I was just wasting my time! Now I understand what you mean you say to actually watch it"
I am getting happier as time goes on with the timed WSQ process in class. I increased the time to three minutes this week without any issues - students still stayed focused and talked through the whole time period. I feel like they are getting more comfortable with each other as well as with the process. One of my favorite parts of these times is walking around the groups and hearing them ask questions of each other. Normally, one of them will look up to me for the answer and before I have the chance to answer, their group member will jump in and answer it or at least begin talking about it.
In sad/frustrating news, I had four students caught cheating this week in one class period of Algebra 1. Two on the Chapter 9 test on Thursday (a student turned around and asked a question of the person behind him and later on the student tried to whisper the answer back), and another two today (a student took a classmate's homework assignment off her desk, erased her name, put his on it, and tried to submit it as his own). It is so incredibly disappointing to me when those things happen. Besides teaching my students about math, I hope I am teaching them about life and the value of responsibility, respect for themselves and others, and most of all INTEGRITY. It takes a second to lose someone's trust, and a whole long time to earn it back once it's been lost. Besides that, it is so sad to me that these students still think school is about "earning points" or "avoiding punishment". The student who cheated on the test needed the answer to a simple division problem for a factor tree that was worth 2 points, but now he may have cost his entire test grade (school policy) in addition to receiving severe consequences. The student who stole the homework assignment was trying to avoid a school-wide homework punishment, of which he is currently up to receiving a Saturday School because he has missed so many assignments in my class. He stole an assignment that he had a week to complete on his own, but was too lazy to do so. So now, he will be receiving a Saturday for that and another one for plagiarism. Above all, it's just so disappointing that all four students involved are good kids. They are kids I have seen progress in this year. They are kids with so much potential. They are kids who show me glimpses of greatness in both work ethic and math skill. Maybe it is good we have a week off from Spring Break and they can be ready to have a discussion about their actions when we come back.
Speaking of connections, via my Flipped Class Survey that was sent out last Monday, I was able to get connected with a teacher about 10 minutes away from me that is also flipping Math Analysis Honors! We are going to get together next week to chat and share ideas. Super excited!
Lastly, I was able to have a UC Berkeley student come and observe me on Monday. She is graduating this June and going to work with Teach for America in the fall. It was great to be able to show her a completely different type of classroom and chat with her for quite a while on teaching methods, philosophy, and ideas. I am hoping to get some feedback and questions from her on the flipped classroom soon, and I'll link here when I do!
From their mouths... Comments and thoughts from my students for this week here.
2. Daily Goals with Weekly Deadlines for Algebra 1
2. Begin coming up with activities students can do to apply their knowledge or practice their knowledge in different ways once they get the basics. Again, this is something I think may just start to happen over the summer or next year since right now it's just crazy.
All Reflections from This Year can be Found Here.