Flipped Lesson – Allegory of the Cave

Flipped Lesson – Allegory of the Cave

— Read on englishtechie.com/2014/03/05/flipped-lesson-allegory-of-the-cave/

This is still one of my favorite lessons. Want to flip some lessons for next year? Watch this space during the summer for all of the tips and tricks to flipping your classroom one learning/lesson/unit at a time.


Resume the Prezi Way

I was randomly exploring Prezi yesterday and found they amazing Prezi on what they call a “Prezume.” Basically, it is a nice combination of a visual and traditional resume and I wish I’d had seen it before assigning resumes in my Digital Composition class.

So here’s the one I’ve started:

Flipped lesson – Drive, Grit & Success – creating an Outlier?

In the same vein as my flipped lesson for Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, this is a flipped lesson for AP Language students on Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers, Daniel Pink’s Drive, and Angela Duckworth’s work on the importance of developing grit in students. This incorporates the standard WSQ assignment, class discussions (both in class and online), thesis statement building, rhetorical analysis, mind maps (for organizing ideas), reflective writing, formal argument writing, public speaking, and Socratic seminar.

 What is success and how do we find it?

1) WSQ – Rhetorical Modes – read and annotate “How to Read Like a Writer” by Mike Bunn
2) online discussion on Drive video
3) Grit survey
4) WSQ (in-class) – Grit TED talk
5) reflective essay on Grit (using the question from the WSQ)
6) analysis and annotation on chapter of Outliers
7) coaching group on assigned chapter
8) read selection of Drive in class – discussion on the argument and content
9) informal presentation on the chapter of Outliers
10) WSQ & discussion – de Botton TED talk on kinder definition of success
11) read two reviews of Outliers – rhetorical précis for each – how valid and relevant is the criticism?
12) another selection from Drive – read and discuss
13) Mind Map of ideas from all of the sources
14) 4 square discussion – develop a thesis statement
15) question writing for seminar – What is success and how do we find it?
16) seminar
17) argument essay – begin from the class-developed thesis statement

This was created with some collaboration with my friend Amy Habberstad.



Paperless classroom

Our school supply budget is scheduled to be cut next year by a large sum of money so I’m doing additional research on moving to a paperless (or at least paper reduced) classroom.

This Prezi is an EXCELLENT start to help educators visualize what a paperless classroom might look like.

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  • Use Moodle, Edmodo, a website, blog, or share via Google Docs lists
  • project information on the board
  • use tools like GoAnimate, LiveScribe, screencast software, etc. to create mini-lectures

Assignments FROM students:

  • collaborate via Google Docs, VoiceThread, Prezi, wikis
  • presentations via Glogster, Prezi, Google Docs, VoiceThread
  • basic assignments via Google Docs, Edmodo, Moodle
    • hand-written assignments can be scanned or photographed in order to still be submitted electronically
    • LiveScribe could be a good substitute
  • quizzes via Quizlet, Moodle, Google Form, Edmodo

Considerations: students could need increased access to technology