CBL and Flipped Teaching
Flipped teaching seems like a great idea. Having students front load at home before they even come to school so they can apply the learning and work on a project in class sounds ideal. I worry about the students who do not have access to technology. I know they said they can watch it at school, but doesn’t that single them out? This is something that has kept me from pushing more technology use in my homework assignments. I would like to start having students watch videos so they are being introduced to the lesson even before they come to class. And the students who miss class that day would not be left behind because they will have access to the teaching online. I think I need to get over the idea that students will not be able to access it, and jump in. I have learned that my students work better and are more interested when they are working collaboratively or working with technology. In one of the books about CBL it mentions that students put more time and energy into their work and teachers had more time to communicate problems and work together. This is something that I think is interesting. When students are not being lectured to and are putting their efforts into solving real world problems they try harder. I think also CBL helps students develop these 21st century skills that we have been learning about all trimester. Within my class we do Service learning projects and we put students to work to help raise money for the Suisun Wildlife Center. I feel I can use the CBL model within our project. I would like to research more ideas of CBL for lower elementary students. It seems this would work great with secondary and upper elementary.
11/19/2017 05:43:48 am
When I read about Challenge Based Learning, I thought of Sierra Vista's service learning focus. I think this is an opportunity to take something you are already doing and make it even better. For me the big shift in thinking with CBL is putting the students in charge of the project. That's scary with people who are only eight, but giving them more ownership would probably be even more engaging and let them develop new skills. (I agree that we need more primary examples of how to make this work.)
11/27/2017 07:53:55 pm
When my kids were homeschooled, there was always this one guy online that had all these really engaging science videos. Why were they engaging? He always put his outtakes and jokes at the end of every video and my kids would watch with glee through the whole thing, just to see the silly stuff at the end. I wonder if finding some way to be fun, funny and silly at the end might be all you need to get students to diligently watch.
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I am a second grade teacher at Sierra Vista K-8