- What is flipped learning?
The basic concept behind a flipped classroom is that what was traditionally done in the classroom becomes homework and what was traditionally done at home (homework) is done in the classroom. See my flipped learning page for more information!
- What does flipped learning look like in your classroom?
The direct instruction or lecture portion of the class will become the homework. This will primarily be in the form of watching videos via my Youtube Channel. As students watch the video, they will take notes on vocabulary, main concepts, and some examples (how they go about watching, rewinding, and taking notes will depend on the student and what they need.) Encourage students to try different strategies until they find their “best fit.” Students will be provided with a guided notes sheet, however, they are welcome to take their own notes in either outline or cornell format.
When students come to class the next day we will briefly discuss what they heard in the videos and answer any questions they may have. The rest of the class time will be used for applying the concepts from the video (homework in the traditional setting) through working with primary and secondary documents and other activities intended to enrich the curriculum. By moving the direct instruction portion of the lesson to homework it frees up more time in the classroom so that I can interact more with my students and provide more individual help.
There will still be assessment of student learning through formalized quizzes and tests. In addition, there will be some additional outside work such as reviewing for quizzes and tests, and occasionally finishing work that could not be completed in class.
See my flipped learning page for more information!
- What is Genius Hour?
Students will be allowed to choose a specific topic of their choice in World History and complete an argumentative research project that is composed of three parts: research paper, product, and a presentation. The research paper will be based off of a driving historical question that will guide the student’s inquiry throughout the project. The product will reflect what the student learned about their particular topic. The presentation will give the student the opportunity to share what they learned about their topic and their product with others.
The project is called “Genius Hour” because it will take place over the course of the semester during a teacher selected one-hour period every week. This “Genius Hour” time will vary from week to week. It is the expectation that 90% of the work on this project will be completed during this time in class. Resources during this time will be available on the basis of the project. Some “Genius Hour” periods will be spent in the classroom, some in the computer lab, and some in the school library. If a student misses a “Genius Hour” class period they may be required to make up the time during a HOT Lunch tutorial.
See my Genius Hour page for more information!
- What is the best way to contact you?
The best and fastest way to contact me and get a speedy response is via email. Please email me by clicking here.
- How do I keep up with my child's progress in class?
Students and parents both have PowerSchool log in's so that they can keep up with their grades and assignments in real time. I will update PowerSchool weekly with grades. Interim reports will go out on the 3rd, 6th, 9th, 12th, 15th, and 18th week. Please call the front office to gain access to PowerSchool. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to email me here.