More Ideas for Flipping Faculty Meetings

Not sure if you've seen them or not, but commenters on my recent bit about flipping faculty meetings have been sharing a TON of super useful resources.

Here are three that are definitely worth your time if this is a topic that floats your professional boat:

Flipping – It's Not Just for the Classroom

In an example of the "great minds think alike" theory, I stumbled across this great bit by my good friend Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) the day after my original faculty flip post went live! 

In it, Steven makes the case for flipping professional development and outlines three different tools that interested principals might want to explore. 

 

A New Way to Teach with Video from Ted Ed

Last week, a sixth grade science colleague and I were talking about doing a bit of flipping in our classrooms next year.  Our worry was finding a way to hold kids accountable for actually watching the video and interacting with the content. 

That's why this article shared by Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax) is so timely and useful.  It introduces a new Ted tool that allows you to create short reflection questions around any video on their site OR posted on YouTube.

Obviously, the same tool can be used to guide the thinking of teachers before a flipped faculty meeting too. 

 

Flipped Professional Development

Perhaps one of the most intriguing shares was the FlippedPD.org website, which is a project maintained by Kristen Daniels (@kadaniels). 

Turns out that Kristen — who works as a technology integration specialist for the Stillwater Public Schools — has been implementing a flipped model for district professional development for awhile. 

This is her site — which includes some solid content around the hows and the whys of flipped PD.

Long story short: This is doable — and there are tons of resources out there to help you get started if you're interested in taking the plunge.

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Related Radical Reads:

What if You Flipped Your Faculty Meetings?

Five Twitter Hashtags that Can Save School Leaders Time

Are YOU Intentionally Creating a TED in Your Head?

 

6 comments

  1. MaryCollins21

    Redesigning & therefore renaming blocks of time / activity traditionally viewed as boring by either students or teachers helps to give people ownership over their learning and inquiries. So faculty meetings could be renamed staff learning time; homework should be referred to as home learning… What else?

  2. Bkuhn

    Glad to see this topic getting some air time. Meetings in most places, regardless of purpose, are usually pretty traditional. Most people if asked, would say they abhor meetings. Millions of dollars are expended by having people sit in meetings. Boredom reigns in many meetings. The idea of flipping them or better said perhaps, redesigning them with people in mind, makes good sense.
    I wrote about this a few years back in http://www.shift2future.com/2011/03/technology-powered-meetings.html
    when having a conversation with principals on a learning team I was facilitating. Some of them were wondering what meetings could look like if technology was integral.
    Thanks for creating conversation around this.

  3. Michelle

    I’m going to try this with a different kind of meeting – Back to School Open House! Since many of my parents don’t have internet access, I’m going to loop the “meeting” during Open House and provide parents a CD that they can watch on a desktop computer. This will be nice for families that transfer in after the beginning of the year as well.

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  5. Gcouros

    I love these ideas but think you should change the term “faculty meetings”. As soon as we hear that, it already sounds boring. There are some management things that happen and meetings need to exist (although not to the extent that they do), but this is staff learning time. Schools NEED to do this more often. Focus on leadership and learning, not management.
    Thanks for the awesome ideas!

  6. Wmchamberlain

    To a certain extent, I think Twitter has become our flipped classroom. We learn about what we are passionate about then share it on Twitter (or through blogging). I wish my faculty meetings had the same sense of urgency and energy that I feel from my tweeps.