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First Couple Weeks: Flip Math, Twitter, Google Docs, Knowmia and Football Matches

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My second year announcing the home games for the Bulldog Nation! I only counted 3 errors on my part…although there were probably several more. Turns out this is a pretty fun gig!

So we are into the first two weeks of the school year and things have gone fairly smooth.  Classes are going really well.  Most of the students are adjusting to the flip model and there have been lots of great interaction with other students and myself.  It continually amazes me how creative and awesome the teenage brain can be!

A couple of big differences to the start of the year this year compared to last: we (we being my teaching buddy Kristina and I) modeled what we wanted to happen the first full week of school and we broke all of the lessons up into individual components (the entire lesson is also available).  Everything is ready ahead of time and the kids can watch whenever they can.  I have also relaxed (a little) the due date for homework, so that there is some flexibility for the kids.  As long as they are working I think that everything will progress in a way that benefits each individual student.

The great Twitter experiment is not quite going as well as I had hoped it would to this point….I know that tons of kids live here, but getting them to post something a little bit nerdy has been challenging.  I have mentioned several times “Own your nerdiness, don’t worry about your followers!!”  There have been some really great things that the kids have posted into Twitter and some really positive conversations that have taken place there.  Maybe I should plan a social event – A Twitter Chat – and award a badge in Edmodo for all of the kids that participate.

Also new this year is interaction in Google Docs.  I made the calculus kids post a problem into Google Docs and comment on each other’s work.  These were the rules: each group pick one problem (I had a list for them to choose from), one person put the problem into Google Doc, everyone comment with positive feedback on two problems.  The interaction was great and the best part: there were several kids who were finally able to understand some of the more difficult problems.  Teenagers just have a way of saying things that only other teenagers get.  I need to use this more often!

Knowmia.com came out with an assignment builder late last spring and I didn’t quite have enough time to give it a really good checking out (soccer and first year flipping were keeping me busy), but I have started playing with it quite a bit more now that I have some time to do it.  It provides a great way for me to organize my lessons by topic, subject, whatever, for the kids to view.  I haven’t really used the question part of this yet and since I teach math I’m not sure how much I will use that part, but it looks really great!

Last but not least – this will be my second season as the voice of the Bulldogs for all of our home football games.  I had the opportunity last year to be the announcer and after a really shaky first game – it got better.  I was really surprised by all of the direction that you get as the announcer.  It really is a production!  This year, my spotters and I are all over the action!  Regan and Liz help me out and we had the best time Friday, our first win over Edmond North in several years!!  The biggest mistake I made was confusing two different car dealerships with similar names…thats a big one!  And I referred to  the football game as a football match, which isn’t necessarily incorrect (in most of the world), but in America its a football game!

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About Scott

My name is Scott. After 18.5 years as a high school math teacher in public education I have made the move to become a full time PhD student. This decisions was difficult, but has been one of the most rewarding things that I have ever done. Teaching in high school was an incredible experience for me, so leaving an environment that I loved for the unknown was a challenge. As I high school teacher, I taught almost every math course that could be offered. I was able to earn National Board Certification in Young Adult Math. I was honored as my building Teacher of the Year, no mean feat at Edmond Memorial High School!! My career changed as I became fascinated with educational technology and all of the things that it can do for teachers. I flipped my class. I used iPads and blogging (in high school math!!). I started using gamification and mastery learning. I changed my practice. I chose to go back to school to learn as much as I could. To bring that knowledge from academia and research to the teacher on the front line. I have had the opportunity to present at several conferences and share what I have learned with others. Its through these connections that we can be the best teachers we can for our students. They deserve it and we sell ourselves short when we don't give it. I love talking with teachers about change. About incorporating educational technology. About the power that they have to change lives. My blog space is me, it shares my passions and frustrations, my joys and my learnings. If you are interested in what I am studying, please visit my graduate school pages. If you are interested in the flipped classroom, I have some links to get your started. I would love to meet you! Do not hesitate to reach out! I would enjoy the opportunity to work with your staff or trade ideas with your teachers - let me know! Have a great day! #BeBrilliant

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