Last week was amazing. We had an absolutely jam-packed week with 4 Flipped PD workshop days. It was exhausting but so fulfilling as we met with 40 teachers and listened to them as they shared with us their technology goals for Flipped PD.
I have said this before but… if all of our other Flipped PD goals and intentions fail, we have still won. These 2 hour blocks of time during the school day are pure gold. Wayne and I spent a lot of time talking about the Flipped PD schedule and knew that we wanted to create blocks of time that would allow us to get into meaningful work with the teachers. Although it varies from school to school, our typical schedule for a workshop day is 7:30-9:30am, 9:30-11:30am, 11:30-1:30pm, and 1:30-3:30pm. As you can imagine, there is definite lag time in between sessions (time for teachers to return to their classrooms so that the subs can rotate to release the next few teachers). With this, we are getting about an hour and a half of work time. Beautiful.
Our Flipped PD schedule last week!
Every day last week I came home absolutely filled with energy and ideas that I wanted to work on immediately in order to start satiating these teachers. Wayne and I have started a list of movies we need to make this week that we will deliver to the teachers through Moodle. Luckily for us, there are some common interests among the teachers and our first round of content creation will be limited to a few topics including websites, newsletters, email, and Activinspire software.
Workshop schedule at Afton-Lakeland Elementary.
The first grade team at Lake Elmo Elementary
(left to right: Angie Olson, Ann Dahl, Claire Ackerson)
Working on individual technology goals
As we met with small groups of teachers, we realized that these teachers were bursting at the seams with questions and ideas. The small group setting put many teachers at ease with being able to ask questions and alk about their technology experience and their personal goals for technology integration.
The first Flipped PD workshop includes an introduction to the process, a refresher on the tools (Google Apps and Moodle), creating individual Flipped PD Google docs, working on a collaborative doc, and creating individual technology goals. Towards the end of these first workshop sessions we opened it up to questions and often times found ourselves sharing little computer tips and tricks (two finger scroll was always a hit). Time flew by and many teachers were surprised when their time was up.
Wayne sharing an e-book that elementary students created last year.
Teachers left reluctantly and were very grateful for this first session. Some teachers shared with us their excitement for Flipped PD and others shared their gratitude for the one on one time they spent with us. One teacher commented on that she was only nervous and “hesitant about (her) own skills.”
She continued to share her excitement about the “flipped” process.
“I have experienced enough in-services the ‘unflipped’ way where I learned for the moment but I could never put it to use, so it was a waste of time. I am excited that I will have a ‘guide at the side’ who can help me carry through the ideas I have and if I get stuck I’ll have someone to help me get untangled and proceed and not give up”
We are excited too. Probably even more than they realize.