An Open and Connected Course for Faculty Development

Unit 4 - Professional Educator

Remember: English or Spanish is fine on all submissions.

Post your submissions to your own blog and upload your YouTube video. We recommend that you advertised your posts via Twitter with the hashtag #openflip and place a comment at the bottom of this page to generate traffic to your content.

Professional Educator

Remember: English or Spanish is fine on all submissions.

Now for the topic: Pillar of Flipping - Professional Educator

The role of a Professional Educator is even more important, and often
more demanding, in a Flipped Classroom than in a traditional one.

During
 class time, they continually observe their students, providing them with
feedback relevant in the moment, and assessing their work.

Professional
 Educators are reflective in their practice, connect with each other to 
improve their instruction, accept constructive criticism, and tolerate 
controlled chaos in their classrooms.

While Professional Educators take
on less visibly prominent roles in a flipped classroom, they remain the
 essential ingredient that enables Flipped Learning to occur.

Consider your current status on thoughts on the following three statements:

  • I make myself available to all students for individual, small group, and class feedback in real time as needed.

  • I conduct ongoing formative assessments during class time through observation and by recording data to inform future instruction.

  • I collaborate and reflect with other educators and take responsibility for transforming my practice.

Resources

Submission

This (and each of the assignments) is divided into three pieces. I divide them in order of importance (mostly) to our learning as a group.

  1. Discuss here PLEASE!  It is important to have our own reflections on the material but just as important for ourselves and our colleagues is to share our point of view and see those of others. You should at least have a summary of what your submission is.
  2. Post a short (60 seconds - 3 minutes) video screen capture/recording of your reflections on the topic. Please post to YouTube (you can leave it as 'unlisted' or make it public, your choice) and embed that inside your blog post
  3. Post a short essay (How long? Long enough, a single page even) of your thoughts on this to get them into written format. Video is great, but the written word creates a different type of reflection and also is much more amenable to searching. Please post this to your blog and also include in your blog the tag (or category) #Unit4

After Submission, Please Interact

This (and each of the assignments) is divided into three pieces. I divide them in order of importance (mostly) to our learning as a group.

  1. Discuss here PLEASE!  It is important to have our own reflections on the material but just as important for ourselves and our colleagues is to share our point of view and see those of others. You should at least have a summary of what your submission is.
  2. Also, feel free to start using Twitter for discussing with the participants in the course. Remember to use the hashtag #OpenFlip when posting so others in this course will see those posts go by in their Twitter Stream.

This Week's Activities

  • Details pending.

Questions?

If you have questions, contact Ken. The best mode is via Twitter by tagging Ken in a post (@ken_bauer) or sending a Twitter direct message (DM).  The other option is via email with kenbauer at gmail dot com.

CC BY 4.0 Unit 4 – Professional Educator by Ken Bauer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

1 Comment

  1. Frank on November 24, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Thinking about being a professional educator, I whole-heartedly agree with Carolina that teachers should seek out development opportunities without being prodded by a third party. If an educator isn’t internally motivated, how can they ever expect or hope that their students will be? We have to lead by example. Also, I’d like to restate the importance of building one’s personal learning network from both inside their discipline and outside if it in the periphery. Creativity and innovation connections are abundant if we only care to open our eyes and look near and far.

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