Today’s Contributor: Toni Bayerl
I am currently at Langford Elementary School where I wear many hats during my work day. I am the campus writing coach, I support 2nd-5th grade guided math interventions during guided math times, the campus tech support, and lead mentor. When I am not working, I love learning and doing research! I have a creative side and in my non-school hours I love to decorate, exercise, and work on projects, especially when it comes to organization.
By the end of the school day, everyone is exhausted. The last thing that teachers want to do is to have to attend long meetings after school where someone is lecturing them to learn something new. Our brains have checked out and we are ready to relax and unwind! So how do we make end of the day learning more engaging?
We cannot deny that learning cultures have taken a dramatic shift in the school day environment. With blended learning, one-to-one initiatives, project based learning, online courses, our students are smooth sailing into the 21st century, but what about teachers?
Technology has made it easier for teachers to differentiate learning while keeping the students engaged. If you keep up with technology blogs, they have been using the term “flipped classroom” for quite some time. Research has shown that when teachers move away from traditional style teaching and place the learning in the hands of students, the students become more active learners. So have you ever thought about what that would look like with the staff at your school?
This year at Langford, we have experimented with flipping professional developments or faculty meetings in order to put the learning in the staffs’ hands. We have tried different platforms of doing this by using BLEND, Linoit, or Padlet this year. We have seen how helpful this is to our staff in giving them the time to process the information before we meet. We still hold faculty meetings to come together as a group, but we spend most of our time discussing what we learned and how we can move forward with the newly learned information. If your campus is struggling with finding the use of time, I would highly recommend starting to flip some of your meetings!