Thoughts on blogging

I’ve been contemplating a ‘professional’ blog for quite some time. A few years ago, I was inspired by some folks I met at ETC in Kuala Lumpur, and have been trying to successfully integrate technology into my teaching ever since. OK, that’s not true. I was actually inspired long before that by Tim Renz, biology teacher at Foster High School in Tukwila, Washington. (http://renz.fosterscience.com) He and I worked together for a number of years, and we started making class websites together. Initially, they were just a repository for class documents and PowerPoints. Then we started using the Catalyst Tools from the University of Washington, and that transformed how we used our websites and the internet. Then I moved overseas to Thailand and started to use Moodle as a CMS. I had to host and administer my own site. (Pain in the butt!) It worked, until my site got hacked. So I completely rebuilt the site, making it better – and losing some stuff along the way.

Now I’m teaching IB Chemistry at the American International School of Bucharest. We have Moodle here as well, but I don’t feel I’m using it to the fullest. I’ve contemplated a flipped classroom for a while. A few weeks ago, I found some great resources from other teachers that are teaching with the flipped class model.

I’m intrigued by this model, because I feel one of my weaknesses as a teacher is that I don’t get out into the room and interact enough with my students, letting them come to me with questions. If/when I flip my class, my goal will be to do more circulating, and thus more teaching

Anyway, it’s Friday and my grades are due Monday. So you won’t be hearing from me for a while. But I’ll try to post along the way.

Cheers.
Lowell

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