Sunday, November 27, 2016

Exciting First Trimester and News!

This is going to be a little bit of a lengthy post, but there are fun and exciting things I need to share:

1.  I thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this post, I greatly appreciate it.
2.  This trimester I continued to refine my flipped classroom model, not quite to flipped mastery, but I'm working on it.  My conceptual physics class, which is made up mainly of juniors whom I was told is a very challenging class, had a trimester of class like I have never seen before.  I had made it my expectation that they could not take an exam until they watched the videos and completed the assessment that went with the videos.  This year I added a "reflection/note sheet" that they had to fill out.  All they had to do was fill in their score, something they learned, and a question about the section.  I'll admit most have not filled out many questions, but they are filling in scores and summaries and a very large rate.  The result of this?  No student failed my class and I had a 75% pass rate on my final exam (last years pass rate on the final exam was 63%, for comparison).  I'll take that as a win!  Also I had many students say they didn't want to put their initial score down and went back and watched the video again for review!  Instant reteaching opportunity!  Win again!  I'm looking forward to continuing the flipped model and trying to push into more flipped mastery.
3.  My beloved Chicago Cubs won the World Series!  Still can't believe I get to write that!

4.  My wife and I have the honor this year of hosting a foreign exchange student from Kazakhstan.  We want to give him the opportunity to see different parts of the country but, due to many things, we do not have the financial means to do this.  So, we decided to set up a go fund me account to see if we could get some help in this adventure.  If you would be so kind as to visit our page at:  https://www.gofundme.com/help-exchange-student-see-the-us   We would greatly appreciate it.

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