This week I have been monitoring my progress toward the goals in my GAME plan and have extremely fortunate to be working with a well versed media specialist. This week we have working on facilitating wiki’s and web forums so that I can provide my students with constructive and timely feedback. One of the challenges I am facing is a lack of student participation. Although their participation is factored into a grade, there is not enough incentive for them to actively engage and collaborate. In my attempt to gather additional information and materials I came upon Flip Your Classroom, which details how to create a digital instructional setting. In this environment, students receive the majority of their instruction through video and online presentations outside of school (Bergmann & Sams, 2012). Class time is then spent on the application of skills and mastery of content (Bergmann & Sams, 2012). . Through reviewing the information form the book I was able to gather new ideas and tools I could implement into my lesson and further my GAME plan. Beyond these insights, Flip Your Classroom has opened a new arena of teaching which I had not envisioned before. Their concept of mastery is so intended with my pedagogy, that I now have a blue print to execute a flipped classroom. Although my GAME plan goals do not necessarily reflect a need to integrate technology into my instruction, the flipped process aligns seamlessly with my goals of meeting diverse learning needs and creating reflective and collaborative environment for my students. I was concerned that initially I would have to completely rework my plan, but I found that the flipped process was easy to implement and my students have been more willing to engage in the virtual collaboration and instruction.
As I reflect further I have come to realize that I need to be more patient and allow the process time to work. Because of the time of the year, I was hoping for more instantaneous result and an increase in engagement. It was disappointing that the student initial response and level of enthusiasm did not match my own, but I needed to take a step back and evaluate what changes needed to take place to benefit students. Once I made adjustments, and gave the students time to explore the process, I found that engagement increased along with student enthusiasm. There is always going to be a small population of students who do not buy into the instruction and there is no silver bullet to remediate this behavior. With this new instructional approach tough, I am able to focus more on the individual needs of the students and provide added support (Bergmann & Sams, 2012).
In the coming weeks I will be able to better determine the overall benefits my students have been able to reap from this activity, but I need to begin to explore addition professional development opportunities and resource. In order to do this I will need to seek out resource outside my school district, but I am unsure of what is available and will be useful. This uncertainty is what will drive my subsequent questions and alterations to my instructional practices.
Bergmann, J., & Sams, A. (2012). Flip your classroom: reach every student in every class every day. Eugene, Or.: International Society for Technology in Education
International Society for Technology in Education. (2013, March 10). NETS. Retrieved from International Society for Technology in Education: http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/nets-t-standards.pdf?sfvrsn=2