Flipping Math, Go Noodle, ISTE Ignites, and Innovator’s Mindset

13122827834_9b0e1a5e13A short and sweet share today of articles, posts, and tools that I recently read and heard about.

Thinking about Flipping, then you might want to start with math for these reasons.

Teaching algebraic concepts? Try personalizing the lessons towards the interests of the students. See why here and here.

So you could not make it to ISTE15, that’s ok. ISTE has a YouTube channel with videos from keynotes, TED talks, and Ignite sessions like this one here: 14 presenters, 20 slides, 5 minutes to “share their passions.” From Karen Lirenman’s presentation she says, “Students are never too young to learn from the world” and from Pernille Ripp of Global Read Aloud fame, “students need to thrive in school, not just survive” and she asks us to ask ourselves, “Would I want to be a student in my own class?” 

Do you feel like you are constantly doing a song and dance to get your students’ attention? Perhaps your class just needs a brain break. That’s where Go Noodle comes in. I learned about it from one of the ISTE presenters from the Ignite session above. It’s free and it offers fun, engaging, silly brain breaks, energizers, and movement activities you can do with your class. Go Noodle and get moving!

Last, a thought-provoking blog post from George Couros that poses a question from his book, The Innovator’s Mindset, “If you were to start a school from scratch, what would it look like?” It is an interesting question and one of his colleagues had a great response that a teacher does not have to wait for the school or system to be transformative, the teacher can be innovative tomorrow. For more on The Innovator’s Mindset, you can read this post, “8 Characteristics of ‘The Innovator’s Mindset.’”

photo credit: Backflipping at the Boating Lake via photopin (license)

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