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Showing posts from January, 2015

#flipclass Flash Blog: Late Work

When it comes to accepting late work, I have changed TREMENDOUSLY since returning to teaching almost 11 years ago.

When I began my teaching career at the high school level (mostly 9th and 10th graders), I had a no tolerance policy. I didn't take anything late.

After 6 years at the high school and 5 years at home (plus teaching part-time at a local community college), I returned to teaching, this time at the junior high level (8th grade).

I still had a no tolerance policy. Get your work here on time, or it doesn't count. Sorry.
And then we did a faculty book study. I believe the book was Whatever it Takes by Rebecca DeFour et al.
The book discussed 0's and how they let both the student and the teacher off the hook. The student didn't have to do or learn the material, the teacher didn't have to ensure the student did or learned the material.
I realized not accepting late work and handing out 0's was taking the easy way out.
So I began to take late work but …

In-Class #flipclass Assignment

So, it's #flipclass chat night on Twitter, and we have an assignment!

Topic: Where are you stuck in your practice right now? What have you tried in order to get unstuck? What works? What doesn't?

I am not good at blogging on the fly, so this post could be interesting.

Right now I feel a little stuck in planning classroom activities for practicing what students have watched in a video.

We're in a place of learning new skills. Skills that take practice.

But I don't want to assign book page after book page or self-checking worksheet after self-checking worksheet. Yuck. The flipped classroom has significantly lessened the need for traditional book work day after day, and I don't ever want to go back to that.

So...I'm perusing my favorite site, Teachers Pay Teachers, for varying activities to keep students happy and engaged but still mastering skills.

Another thing that helps when I'm stuck with planning meaningful activities is asking the kids. What kind of acti…