It has been a week, and it is time for a Flipped PD update. When I last wrote about this, only 4 people had finished the online learning component. After a follow-up email the next day from myself and another from my principal, and given the extra two days to account for procrastination, at the start of the face-to-face session, 70 of my teachers had completed the online!
Wednesday’s session arrived, and the teachers made their way to the Media Center. Many questioned if I could fit everyone in the Media Center. “Yup. I got this,” I told them.
In my not-so-humble opinion, it was a huge success. I started the time off by checking people in and pointing them to one of the four stations:
- Discipline in the respectful classroom
- ELL strategies for daily use
- How do we motivate the unmotivated?
- Fostering a growth mindset
- Canvas: Tips and Tricks I’ve Learned So Far
For teachers that didn’t complete the online course, I sent them to my office, with its wide-open windows looking out on the EdCamp, to have their remedial session. The group was not enthused about sitting and listening to me for a half hour, but truthfully, that was the point, so it’s ok!
Meanwhile, the EdCamp was in full swing. I designated a facilitator for each group from the instructional support team. I told them again that they weren’t expected to be experts or drive the discussion, just keep it moving in an orderly fashion. As I walked around after the remedial session, I saw learning happening everywhere. Much of the formal structure had broken up in places, but instead of leaving, the teachers made their own smaller groups and continued the discussions started in the EdCamp sessions. Everywhere I looked, people were talking!
One of the best comments I got came from our Math Coach. Seeing me about a half-hour into the event, he stopped me and said:
I came in a little late because I was at bus duty, and things were already going. And I have to tell you, the atmosphere in this room is different, and better, than anything we’ve ever done. It just feels good in here.
As I said before, I have a constant feedback form available. The day after the EdCamp, I emailed the staff saying thank you for attending, and remember that you can fill out the form. It consists of four simple questions:
- What session are you submitting feedback about?
- Do you like the Flipped PD model so far?
- What percentage of what you’ve learned will you attempt to use in your classroom?
- Any additional feedback?
The results were overwhelmingly positive. This I think gives a good snapshot:
You’ll notice the large decrease in the number of people who thought little of it was useful and the large increase in those that though the vast majority of it was useful.
Overall, I’m saying this was a success. However, as was the plan, this blog isn’t just meant to show the positive. So, I have created a shared Google Doc that contains all of the feedback and comments I’ve received regarding this process so far. In addition, I will comment on this post with some of the more poignant teacher comments.