with Dr. Lodge McCammon
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mission of the Friday Institute is to advance education through
innovation in teaching, learning, and leadership and to foster
collaborations to improve education. An integral project supporting
that mission is FIZZ, of which you are project director. What
(see the front page video)
have stated that FIZZ professional development is all about
transforming education. You suggest that the way to achieve
this transformation is by "flipping" the classroom.
What does this mean?
advantages does the flipped classroom model have for English
language learners? Do you know if any K-12 ESL teachers in North
Carolina are using this model? What about students who don't
have internet access at home?
flipped classroom model has incredible advantages for English
language learners. The most notable advantage is the ability
to slow the fundamentals of the instruction down. All students
can now work at their own pace which is a fantastic feature
for English language learners who, many times, need instruction
in small pieces. These learners can also revisit the materials
as many times as needed in order to process the content, giving
them the best possible opportunity at being successful with
FIZZ model is additionally beneficial to English language learners
because it has a very personal feel to the videos - utilizing
the teachers facial cues, gesturing and eye contact to engage
the viewer. These personal aspects are helpful for all students
who are attempting to process the information. research behind
this statement: http://www.fi.ncsu.edu/project/fizz/pd/flippingtheclassroom/research
know of many teachers in NC who have a high population of English
language learners in their classrooms who have been very successful
with the flipped classroom. I have observed these students spend
one or two lunch periods each week back in the classroom, on
a computer, reviewing the lecture material for the class. They
listen, pause, write, and then hit play - while interacting
with the teacher in a very close, personal and virtual way.
These students have excelled in the flipped classroom.
trains teachers to use paperslide video projects to differentiate
instruction. Could you briefly explain what a paperslide video
(example of paperslide video)
(how to create a paperslide video)
also provides training to differentiate instruction via student-generated
music videos and you have composed dozens of standards-based
songs, with supporting materials, about advanced curriculum
for K-12 classrooms. Why is music such an important part of
effecting classroom engagement?
once stated: "It ups the value of every single activity,
of every single homework assignment if that has been published
to the web for everyone to see, for a global audience."
This view seems to be in keeping with the current push toward
open access and transparency. Will this trend indeed revolutionize
the way instruction is delivered in this country?
ease of creating digital media in the classroom, making teaching
and learning transparent, will certainly revolutionize school.
This new type of pedagogy creates an active and dynamic classroom
environment for both the teacher and the student while providing
what I call "beautiful accountability." If all teacher
and student work is published for a global audience, then we
as a culture have access to all that information and can better
assess and support all learners.