Category Archives: Class Activities

Flipped Class – a student perspective

Below are some thoughts from one of my former middle school students who is now in high school & in a flipped classroom. I’ll let her words speak for themselves, but think her words speak to the state of science … Continue reading

Posted in Class Activities, Critical Examination of Technology | Tagged , , , | 11 Comments

Technology Changes School, but how? (part 3)

The notion that technology uses us can be unsettling.  Yet, preservice teachers must be aware that technologies do make some decisions for them.  For example, if we expand our view of technology beyond modern electronics, the daily school schedule is … Continue reading

Posted in Class Activities, Nature of technology, Teacher Actions | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Technology changes schools, but how? (part 2)

Technology has, and will continue to modify our beliefs and value systems.  Such changes will impact our actions.  While techno-enthusiasts talk about the possibilities of technology they miss the subtle hints technology gives about how the technology wants to be … Continue reading

Posted in Class Activities, Critical Examination of Technology, Nature of technology, Teacher Actions | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How we should use Khan Academy

Khan Academy is not going away.  So, how could we make use of Khan Academy? 1) As a textbook.  After students have had experiences and discussed ideas in class, I often gave students reading assignments out of textbooks (notice the … Continue reading

Posted in Assessment, Class Activities, Education Reform, Technology in the Classroom | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

What should we flip?

My last post had some criticism of the flipped classroom.  David Cox, Frank Noschese and I were discussing the nuances on twitter and each had an important insight.  David noted that the better flip described in my example lesson is … Continue reading

Posted in Assessment, Class Activities, Curriculum, General Education, Learning, Teacher Actions | Tagged , , , , , | 21 Comments

Imagine a class…

Imagine a class engaged in an authentic problem*.  Let’s say they are trying to understand how to wire a ceiling fan (or some other thing, doesn’t matter).  One student says, “Hey, I have a room in my house where I … Continue reading

Posted in Class Activities, Education Reform, Learning, Teacher Actions | 11 Comments

The Stillness of Chaos…

Organized chaos. This phrase is how I often envision my classroom.  Today, we accomplished a lot.  We developed a list of questions to research, introduced the collaborative blog project, discussed classroom management, questioning strategies, motivation, wait time I and wait … Continue reading

Posted in Class Activities, Goals for Students, Learning, Teacher Actions | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment