Tonight I participated in #flipchat, a chat about flipped classrooms. The one thing I found very exciting to begin the chat was the way the moderator had people introduce themselves was by their name, where they are from, what grade they teach/subject, and what their favorite pop song is. It was very interesting to see what teachers had to say about their favorite pop song. It was definitely a great way to start a conversation between everyone participating.
The questions the moderator asked were:
Q1: First, define “creativity.” What does it mean for you personally, and what does it mean for the Ss in your #flipclass?
Q2: How do we consciously build creativity into a system designed to discourage it from Ts and Ss? #flipclass
Q3: What role does creativity play in your planning? How has this changed since you started #flipclass? (or has it?)
Q4: What project or lesson has best sparked creativity in Ss?
Q5: What’s the role of collaboration in creativity, both for you and your Ss? Is collaborative creativity different than solo? #flipclass
Q6: How do you combat the idea in Ss of “I’m not creative–I can’t draw/write/sing/act”? How do you expand their concept? #flipclass
Exit ticket: What’s one way you will encourage your Ss to be creative in class tomorrow? #flipclass
The questions were very thought provoking and definitely great questions to discuss, but I found myself finding trouble following along. First, it took me a while to understand what Ss and Ts stand for, which I realized almost 3/4 left of the chat that they meant teachers and students. Also, because there were so many people participating, it was hard to follow along and see what everyone was answering.
I found this twitter chat pretty interesting, however, sometimes I thought I was participating in a PLN chat or edtech chat. I thought by participating in this chat, I would get a better understanding of a flipped classroom. Instead, I found most of the participants talking about different ways to incorporate technology, like BYOD, which I later realized meant Bring Your Own Device, which I found very interesting. Because of this, I found myself making the best of the twitter chat and reading the positive and negative feedback people have to say about technology. In addition, I learned the different obstacles teachers must go through with technology and students.
The one topic I found most interesting was the argument teachers were making between cheating vs. collaboration. Many teachers expressed that collaboration is key, and although many people think students are cheating, they are really benefitting themselves by working with other students and incorporating technology to learn, not just independently. Students learn more working with one another rather than working independently and struggling. The only negative thing I found about collaboration was the controller personalities and the slacking personalities. Teachers find it hard to balance between the two, and I find that this is something teachers will continue to struggle with, even with technology in the classroom.
The five people I followed from this chat:
Cherly Morris (@guster4lovers): She was the moderator of this chat. She is a high school English teacher who incorporates flipped classrooms, an EduBlogger, International traveler, co-founder of Flipped Learning Jrnl. She is from the Bay Area, Marin, California.
Andrew Thomasson (@thomasson_engl): He is a high school English Language teacher/learner, co-creator of Flipped Learning Journal and co-moderator of #flipclass and #nced chats. He is from Western North Carolina.
Stacy Lovdahl (@braveneutrino): She is a middle school science teacher who is passionate about edtech who just recently flipped her class this year. She blogs and is attempting to get her masters. She is from North Carolina.
Jason Bretzmann (@jbretzmann): He is the co-author of Flipping 2.0. He is a dad, teacher, consultant, and National Presenter. He is from Wisconsin.
Kate Baker (@ktBkr4): She is a high school English teacher with a masters in education. She has flipped her classroom, is a blogger, GAFE & BYOD fanatic. She reads, is a swim coach, mom, and a therapy dog handler. She is from New Jersey.
Participants also provided blogs that I took the time to read, which I found pretty interesting about flipping classrooms: