Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Welcome Sunday Telegraph and Daniel Pink Blog Readers

If you’re visiting this blog for the first time due to this article in the Sunday Telegraph or this post on Daniel Pink’s blog, welcome. As Mr. Pink thankfully mentioned in both places, I did not originate the idea of flipping homework and lectures. Many other folks are doing this also and, frankly, most of them are doing it better than I am. Two of the teachers I know that have done the most work in this area are Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams – you might check out some of their work. (And, if you’re a teacher that’s also using video in a similar way and you threw up a little when Daniel Pink chose to link to me, please leave a link to your work in the comments so people can perhaps take a look.)

If you’re interested in learning more about my partial return to the math classroom, you can check out all the posts related to that endeavor and/or the Transparent Algebra blog.

If you’re visiting for my other claim to my fifteen minutes of fame, you might check out the Shift Happens wiki or the last blog post I wrote about that to learn more about Did You Know?/Shift Happens.

If you’re interested in what else goes on around here, then look around a bit. My blogging has tapered off lately as budget cuts have added a bit to my plate, but you might be interested in the Best (?) Posts of 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 to get a feel for the place.


  1. Having just given one of my vey few lectures of the year, and one of my favorites as my students always ask questions, I wonder what would be lost were I to have recorded it and uploaded it to Youtube. Instead of engaging with students around questions of Puritan theology and Puritan sexual mores and living practices they would have simply looked at me give the basic lecture without the extra explanations prompted by their questions.
    I would have gained another whole class period to help them in their small groups work through the sermons of the likes of Jonathan Edwards, Charles Chauncy, and William Tennent.
    BUT they wouldn't have had the evening to make contributions to the class wiki study guide on our current unit on the peopling of America in 17th and 18 centuries. By using the wiki for the details, we are freed up in class to discuss ideas and work though sermons.

    So many choices!

  2. Margaret- I think there's a big difference between "Puritan theology and Puritan sexual mores" and "Graphing Linear Equations Using Intercepts." I wouldn't suggest moving your lecture to outside of class, although I think it would be cool if you recorded it - and the kids questions - and made it available to them outside of class.

    For classes like Algebra that have many skills they have to master, I think the lectures on YouTube approach makes some sense. For things that are very much discussion based, not so much.