Monthly Archives: July 2013

High School Stinks….

Any person that begins their presentation with “high school stinks” will grab anyone’s attention, including mine.

Wow. That’s literally all I can think of after watching Chris Lehmann’s presentation on TEDtalks. He hits every point in education that I have been so against for the longest time. How many times as students have we said, “why do I need to learn this,”  and “when will I ever use this?” I remember my own teachers telling me I need to learn this because it will be on the SOLs. Um…what? So I just need to learn it until I can pass a state test? After that, am I free to just forget it? 

That is what Chris Lehmann speaks on in his TEDtalk. High school doesn’t have to suck if students connect education to their own world. The point of education isn’t to instruct, but rather teach students to learn and guide to be critical thinkers. Teachers have to teach these kids to live. Learning about indentity and finding out their own answers is essential for giving students their own purpose in school.

Personally high school felt very confined for me. I felt this way because of the exact same reason Chris Lehmann points out: classes lose their purpose. They lose their purpose because teachers are teaching the child what they are told. Students are being told they have to learn something for the sake of learning something. Lehmann compares high school to an old industrial factory in which students serve as the conveyor belt, going class to class in auto pilot, so to speak. Instead, schools should focus on the individual child’s interests and build on that. It is much more effective for the student and makes high school much more bearable.



Podcast Response…

You know, I love the idea of a podcast, but to me, it’s just not something I can really get into. Maybe because I easily get distracted when I listen to something without any visual, but I could never really get into just listening to something. Even talk radio is kind of hard for me. With that said, I did listen to an interesting podcast about a “flipped classroom.” This episode was Troy Cockrum interviewing Julie Schell, a senior educational researcher who spoke upon the benefits of a flipped classroom. One thing that she suggested was for the students to complete homework in the classroom and use home time to view videos based on your lesson. This in turn, allows one-on-one learning. Schell stated that the only way for a flipped classroom to truly work is allowing feedback from the students. She mentioned a lot of interesting ideas on how to flip your classroom. It is definitely a good listen if you have some times

When it comes down to the fact of whether or not I would implement podcasts in my future lesson plans, I guess it would all depend. Because I want to be an early elementary school teacher, I am not quite sure of how that would fit in my lessons being that young children are much more visual. I think it could work more for middle and high school students, but I can’t think of ways to implement them in a K-2 room. Maybe I just need examples of how it could work. It seems like an interesting concept to allow students to make their own podcasts, but as of now, maybe I need to look into it more. However, I am always very open=minded about ways to teach a classroom!



A Flipped Classroom…


After discovering the Flipped Classroom, I was amazed at how I have never heard of this new age of teaching. To me, it looks awesome and gives me a few ideas for my UDL lesson plan. (Yahh!!) It is such a new way of teaching and definitely brings light into the classroom!

The article, “To Flip or Not to Flip” is such an informative article that easily explains what a Flipped Classroom is and what exactly it does for a class. The author, Jeff Dunn states that Flipping a classroom has brought his classroom back to life, so to speak. It is definitely something new and I can only imagine the enthusiasm students will get from this form of lesson. Below, Dunn refutes the argument from people who state that technology should not be overused in classrooms and makes it robotic like.

To those who say that technology in education feels automated, I would argue the exact opposite. Using technology has brought the compassion back into my classroom, giving me time to hear from my students and to work with them one-on-one, getting to know them better as individuals.

I personally would vote on ‘to flip.” However, it is not for every classroom. A teacher should decide upon this form of teaching judging upon his or her individual classroom. If a teacher decides to do this, then they have to be prepare their in-class lesson for more one-on-one learning.

Anyway, the Flipped Classroom brightened my eyes to new resources for students and I am kind of excited to see if this will work for my future elementary classroom! Yah for learning new things!