In-Class Flip: The Flipped Classroom Meets the Station Rotation Model

When I work with school districts shifting to blended learning, I often train teachers on the station rotation model and the flipped classroom. Both of these strategies for blending face-to-face and online learning work well for teachers in a traditional school setting.

The station rotation model does exactly what its name suggests. Students rotate around the classroom to different learning stations. For this to be considered a blended learning model, at least, one station must be an online learning station. If teachers have access to ample to technology, they can design multiple stations that use technology.

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The flipped classroom is a model in which the transfer of information takes place online, where students can pace their own learning. Then the practice phase of learning takes place in the classroom, where students have access to the subject area expert and a community of their peers with whom they can get support.

When I present on the flipped classroom, many teachers express concern about students 1) not having access to technology outside of school and 2) not completing the flipped homework and coming to class unprepared. One way to address both of these concerns is to combine the station rotation model and the flipped classroom with an in-class flip.

The in-class flip can be set up as one of the online learning stations in a station rotation lesson. Teachers can record videos explaining a concept, introducing vocabulary, or modeling a process. Then students can watch that video in a station where they can still pace their learning by pausing or rewinding the video. Once they’ve seen the video, they can engage in a collaborative task attempting to apply the information from the video as a group. This is a great way to take the benefits of the flipped classroom and embed them into the station rotation model.

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5 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015

At the end of each year, it’s fun to reflect on what I’ve written about and what other educators have gravitated to on my blog. This year the following 5 blog posts generated the most activity and conversation!

#1 Thesis Statement Throwdown

This activity is a fan favorite and requires zero technology. It transforms thesis statement writing into a fun collaborative task complemented by dance beats and a healthy dose of competition.

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#2 Word Sneak: Vocabulary Game Inspired by the Tonight Show

This vocabulary review game is so much fun! I’ve been on a mission this year to get Jimmy Fallon to play Word Sneak with a woman on his show. To date, he has only played this game with men. I’d love to see a clever female guest give him a run for his money!

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#3 Grading for Mastery and Redesigning My Gradebook

This year I shifted from traditional grades to a standards-based grading system. It’s been incredible how this has also changed the conversations I have with my students. When I used traditional grades, students asked, “Why did I get this grade?” Now, they ask, “How can I improve this skill?”

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#4 Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading

I designed this 4 part project to get students excited about sharing their silent sustained books with each other. It’s an informal book chat the combines art, reflection, and food. My students love it!

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#5 Teaching and Parenting–A Delicate Dance 

This year more than years past, I’ve felt the strain of balancing my work life with my home life. Raising two young children, ages 6 and 8, is a wonderfully exhausting challenge. In this post, I felt I needed to be honest about how challenging it is to be a mom and a teacher. The flood of responses reminded me that I am in good company!

Being a mother is the most wonderfully exhausting work I will ever do.

Being a mother is the most wonderfully exhausting work I will ever do.

As I wrap up 2015, I am incredibly thankful for the educators in my life who inspire me and motivate me to continue learning. Thank you.

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Need Help Beginning a Blog?

Blogging has become an important part of my teaching practice. Prior to blogging, I frequently neglected the reflection phase of learning. Now, blogging creates a space for me to reflect on what I am doing, what is working, and how I can continue to improve. Writing my blog has also become a vehicle to share my work with other educators and build an invaluable personal learning network.

I know many teachers are curious about blogging. Some teachers are interested in blogging for themselves while others may want to get their students blogging and writing for an authentic audience.

I’ve spoken with many teachers who are intimidated by the process and are not sure where to begin. The First Site Guide website has a resource titled “How to Start a Blog” that is a fantastic guide for teachers who aren’t sure where to start when it comes to blogging.

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If you scroll to the bottom of the site, there are a list of chapters. The first three chapters are particularly helpful for teachers working with students who are beginning their own blogs. For example, Chapter 1 covers topics ranging from the benefits of blogging to choosing a perfect niche to what readers want from a blog.

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Two years ago, my students began writing their own passion blogs. At the start of the school year, they select topics they are passionate about and begin writing. I’ve done my best to guide them using what I’ve learned as a blogger from years of trial and error. I wish I had this guide to reference when my own students were starting their first blogs! I hope it will help guide teachers looking to begin their own blogs or support their students in the practice of blogging.

If you are blogging and/or working with students who are blogging, please post a comment and share any resources you’ve found valuable!

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