All Things Vocabulary 3.1

Happy Monday, Jags!

We’re starting a new vocabulary unit this week! Yay! You’ll need to create two foldables this week: Unit 3 Root Word Foldable and Vocabulary 3.1 Foldable. Each foldable is worth 20 points total, so make sure you do them both!

Also, many of you didn’t bother to memorize the definitions to the root words in the last unit, which brought your quiz grades down considerably. Make sure you memorize those root words! They hold the key to the Continue reading

Root Word Foldables for Interactive Notebooks

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Ahoy there, Jags!

Thank you for an awesome second week of school. Today we set up our interactive student notebooks and made our first root word foldable for our first vocabulary unit of the year. Some of you still need to set up your interactive student notebook. If so, find those directions here. Many of you also need to create your Unit 1 root word foldable. Watch the directions explaining how to create the foldable in the video below!

Eager to study for your first vocabulary quiz on September 4th? Find your vocabulary words here!

Need to download the foldable template? Click here!

Need to download the list of vocabulary words for unit one? Click here!

Need to download the data sheet for unit one? Click here!

Have questions? Use the form below to shoot me a quick email. Make sure you mention your first and last name, your class period, and a valid email address so I can respond quickly and accurately.

See you on Monday! 🙂

My First Flippin’ Video

Hot diggity, dear reader! I finished editing my first flipped video last night, and I’m actually quite pleased with how it turned out! You can see it below.

Many thanks to Abacaba, Kate Gardoqui, and Gastondeluxe for the video clips!

Video Recording and Editing Software

I recorded some of the footage using QuickTime Player’s video recording and screen recording features on my school-issued MacBook Pro, and the rest of the footage came from YouTube. Finally, I edited the video using iMovie and PowerPoint. All free software!

I’m currently trying to get a more robust video editing software so I don’t have to use PowerPoint to create a picture-in-picture effect, but I’m hoping to get the software through my school so I don’t have to pay for it out of pocket.

Teaching Students to Learn from Videos

If you watched/read my seven tips for creating your own flipped videos, you may remember that you should teach your students how to learn from a video by showing flipped videos in class before assigning them as homework. Well, today I taught (most) of my students how to learn from videos using the video you see above.

Overall, I think it was a success! The students used visual cues to let me know when to pause the video, play the video, or rewind the video. Sometimes I paused the video myself and explained why I paused it, other times they told me to pause the video by holding up their hands. It worked pretty well, and it allowed the students to become familiar with the structure of my (soon to be created) videos, which will help them become more efficient and effective note-takers.

I learned quite a bit today as well. First of all, the video was only 15 minutes long, but between pausing, rewinding, rewatching, and note-taking, we needed a full 50 minutes to get through it. I’m sure the students will become more efficient with practice, but I will need to make sure future videos are no longer than 10 minutes if I expect the students to take thorough notes.

I also learned that visual cues within the video are very helpful for the students, but those cues don’t necessarily have to be text-based. In future videos, I may hold up a pencil when I want the students to write something down. That way I don’t have to do as much post-production editing, but the students will still know what they need to copy down. That’s a trick to perform later in the year as a way to scaffold good note-taking skills, and to teach the students how to differentiate between important information and fluff.

No Tech at Home? No Problem! 

Since coming back to school and sharing my flippin’ aspirations with my colleagues, many of them have raised a very valid concern about flipped learning for students who are unable to watch videos at home due to a lack of technology. I also had a handful of my new students express the same concern. In response, I created this Tech Letter for Parents which addresses those concerns. I’ve welcomed students to come into my class during lunch to watch the videos on the big screen, and I’ve also highlighted some of the resources within our community that students can use evenings and weekends, such as the public library and public transportation. Feel free to steal my letter and modify it to meet your own needs.

That’s all for today! Back to work for this busy teacher. If you want to read more about strategies using technology and the SAMR Model, check out my post on using Animoto in the classroom or my post on EDpuzzle. You can also read the first post in this series here.

Check out my prior post on practical tips for flipping your classroom!