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Layered Curriculum Sites for Educatiors:
The Thought of Flipping Your Classroom Makes You Dizzy,
Tip it Sideways Instead
Several years ago, educators and education media were
enthusiastically talking about Flipped Classrooms. A flipped
or inverted classroom is one in which a teacher takes
what was a traditional classroom in the last century -
one where we all lectured to students during classtime
and then expected that homework was completed outside
of class time - and flip the whole thing.
The idea behind it makes sense, given the technology
that became available over the past 20 years. In fact,
teachers felt pressure from students, parents and the
community to utilize technology in order to make better
use of school time. So, the theory was that In a flipped
classroom, lectures could be recorded and uploaded online.
Students would watch these as homework at home outside
the school day. Then the actual class time would be spent
on interaction between students and teachers, doing question
and answers and assignment drills.
However, while the flipped classroom was discussed in
the media, online PD sessions and trade books, the reality
was that out in the trenches, we were not seeing this
happening much. So while many of us could appreciate the
vision and understand the possibility, the reality was
that the thought of flipping our classroom was logistically
There are several reasons that this vision could not
translate well into reality.
TOPIC: Middle School Students Experience Pressure for Gender
Conformity from Peers
play a strong role in gender identity as it develops through
middle school years. Researchers compared "between" and
"within" gender peer influence on gender identity in 7th
and 8th grade students in a longitudinal study. They found
that between gender peer bias and pressure for conformity
was a strong influence on gender identity. Interestingly,
while the middle school students felt pressure for gender
conformity from peers of the gender different than their
own, there appeared to be no such influence from same gendered
peers for gender identity during this developmental period.
at the website.
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Chatter & Workshop News
Greetings on this blustery and bleak autumn day. Looking
outside my window, I can watch the last straggling leaves
falling against the silver sky. It's a day that warns of
the approaching winter. And it seems suited to the mood
of our country this week.
But as an inspirational person once taught me, it is better
to focus on the donut and not the hole, so let me take this
opportunity to wish all my friends, family and colleagues
here in the US a blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving holiday.
I hope it brings you love and joy and all the other wonderful
emotions surrounding family.
My workshop schedule is winding down now through the holidays.
But I want to remind everyone that I still have room on
my late winter and spring calendar for workshops in 2017.
So if you are looking to bring new ideas for student-centered,
technology-infused classrooms to your school, just email
me for a brochure of 2017 Workshop Offerings and Costs.
Also, a reminder to those of you in the South Africa region
who would like to tag onto the March 2017 workshop in Phokeng
(I'll be at the Lebone College of the Royal Bafokeng on
March 20), let me know so we can get you on that calendar