Episode 024: Crystal Kirch and the W-S-Q

Show Notes

This week Matthew Moore talks with veteran flipped educator, and now learning specialist Crystal Kirch. Crystal is the author of the book Flipping With Kirch, as well as serving as a Flipped Learning Network board member. I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with Crystal…twice as you will hear in the podcast. Although her book has been out for a few years now, this was my first reading and acquaintance with the W-S-Q method. Join us as we talk to a pioneer and voice of experience in the flipped community.

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Guest Bio

Crystal Kirch has been an educator since 2007 and involved with flipped learning since 2011.  After several years teaching high school math in a traditional, teacher-centered model, she stumbled across the flipped classroom idea and began transforming her classroom into a more student-centered, active learning, higher order thinking learning space where students were supported more effectively and challenged in ways that were not possible before. After three years of flipping her class, she transitioned out of the classroom to be a Digital Learning Coach, where she had the opportunity to work with teachers of all subject areas on enhancing the learning environment by utilizing the power of different technologies.  She currently works as a Secondary Math Curriculum Specialist, supporting math teachers from grades 6-12 on curriculum and instruction. Crystal is well-known as a reflective practitioner through her blog Flipping with Kirch, which she began in January of 2012, as a way to reflect and share her journey with the flipped classroom.  The blog documents her weekly successes and failures, as well as lessons learned along the way, that helped her build a successful flipped learning environment structured around a model called the WSQ (Watch – Summarize – Question). She enjoys sharing her experiences through blogging, Twitter (@crystalkirch), and by presenting at conferences such as CUE, FlipCon, and ISTE. She is the author of Flipping with Kirch: The Ups and Downs from Inside my Flipped Classroom (2016) and contributing author in the book Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement (2014). Crystal is well-known as a reflective practitioner through her blog Flipping with Kirch, which she began in January, of 2012, as a way to reflect and share her journey with the flipped classroom.  The blog documents her weekly successes and failures, as well as lessons learned along the way, that helped her build a successful flipped learning environment structured around a model called the WSQ (Watch – Summarize – Question). She enjoys sharing her experiences through blogging, Twitter (@crystalkirch), and by presenting at conferences such as CUE, FlipCon, and ISTE. She is the author of Flipping with Kirch: The Ups and Downs from Inside my Flipped Classroom (2016) and contributing author in the book Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement (2014).

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Episode 023: Research, Digital Natives, Flipped Learning & Two Pints PLC

Show Notes

This week Matthew Moore had the opportunity to sit down with Michael Ralph and Laurence Woodruff via Skype to join them on their podcast Two Pint PLC at twopintplc.com and be available from their site in the near future. Two Pint PLC is a podcast focused heavily on education research and informed opinions over a pint of a favorite beverage.  I only hope they find my research more impressive than my unsweetened iced tea.

This episode of AskTheFLN is actually the audioblog version to a companion piece on our main site flippedlearning.org.  Why post this as an ATFLN episode or why do audioblog components at all?  I don’t always have time to sit and read blogs, let alone research, but I do have quite a bit of windshield time and would love to spend more of it listening to others in the flipped community.  It literally takes only a few extra minutes of recording and Audacity work to add the audio element to any blog and if it strikes a chord with readers and listeners then the time is well spent.  While maybe not as riveting as our interviews we do here at ATFLN, I hope you find this 15 minute listen worth your time as well.

 

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Guest Bio

No guest this week, you are just stuck listening to me.

Matthew is the author of the book DIBs: Using Digital Instruction Blocks, available on Amazon.com. He is also a board member for the Flipped Learning Network and a Co-founder of the Illinois Flipped & Blended Learning Network . Matthew is a mathematics teacher with seventeen years of experience at the high school level and has also served as an adjunct instructor at the local community college for the since 2004. He can be followed at @matthew_t_moore and maintains a web site at matthewtmoore.wordpress.com

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Episode 022: Starting Jr. High…As The Teacher w/ Jen Brummer

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This week Matthew Moore talks with veteran junior high science teacher Jen Brummer about starting over at a fresh school well into a successful career.  Mrs. Brummer is a teaching veteran of 19 years in the science classroom, but this year she began a new chapter at a new school.  We discussed what it is like to move from a long term teaching job in one junior high to take on the challenges of teaching in a different district with new colleagues. What does it feel like to be the new kid on the block?  How does the attitude of the staff at the new school impact and affect that transition. Join us as we discuss being the new kid on the block. Enjoy the show and we welcome feedback via comments, tweets to hosts and/or the AskTheFLN Twitter account or as a comment via iTunes. If you would like to support The Flipped Learning Network, please visit our page where you can consider how to support your not-for-profit community.

Guest Bio

Jen Brummer is a science teacher of 19 year experience. She is an engaging educator with an excitement for science and love of junior high students. A great opportunity to make a transition provided this wife and mother a chance to start junior high in a new district. Continue reading

Episode 021 – Alan Levine

Show Notes

Photo of Alan Levine in the rain.
The rain today on the trail was persistent, but all in all, it was not all that much, just misty. Thanks JT for the great tour of this mountain in your backyard.

This week Ken joins Alan Levine to discuss open sharing on the internet. I followed Alan’s work for some time and in 2015 I had the opportunity to work together with Alan, Brian, Tannis, Nancy, and others as part of the award winning #AgoraUDG project. The collaboration continued and I contributed an open story about connections leading to more connections to contribute to another Alan Levine project “True Stories of Open Sharing“.

I truly owe much to Alan and his generosity and am excited to share this conversation with you all. Enjoy the show and we welcome feedback via comments, tweets to hosts and/or the AskTheFLN Twitter account or as a comment via iTunes.

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Episode 020 Talking Teacher Tool Making with @MrDeltaMath, Zach Korzyk

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This week Matthew Moore talks with education tool creator Zach Korzyk This podcast focuses on Zach Korzyk, the creator of an amazing free learning tool called DeltaMath, but the focus is NOT math but the story and philosophy of an educator trying to meet the needs of his students. DeltaMath is a great tool but what I found most engaging is the educational philosophies of the educator that have shaped this tool.  We talk about what it takes to make a top shelf education tool and provided to students and teachers for free.  We talk about how his students have helped shape a tool that is actively being used by 25000 student right now.  Finally, we talk about the impact that one teacher in New York can have from his classroom and his apartment on so many teachers and student.  This is a great tool for flipped classrooms, but is an even more powerful story of making a better tool because it is good for students.  Enjoy the show and we welcome feedback via comments, tweets to hosts and/or the AskTheFLN Twitter account or as a comment via iTunes. If you would like to support The Flipped Learning Network, please visit our page where you can consider how to support your not-for-profit community.

Guest Bio

Zach Korzyk is the creator of DeltaMath, a free online resource used by thousands of teachers and nearly a million students. He is in his 12th year as a public school math teacher at Manhattan Village Academy and also a Math for America Master Teacher.  Continue reading

Episode 019 – Talking Definition of Flipped With Aaron Sams

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This week Matthew Moore talks with Aaron Sams from the FlipTech East Coast 2018 conference.

Aaron is the well known co-author of books covering flipped learning and its impact on nearly every traditional education discipline, but these days he is focused on training educators at the university level.  In June of 2018 Aaron was the keynote speaker at FlipTech East Coast 2018 where he discussed and dissected some of the many definitions of flipped learning. I had the opportunity to talk with Aaron about his keynote, the “best” definition of flipped learning, and the priority of good practice over perfect definitions. Listen in on the thoughts of an educator who benefits from longest perspective in flipped learning.

The conference was held on June 29 and 30 at Collingswood High School in New Jersey. We are in the planning stages for future FlipTech conferences, feel free to contact us if you would like to participate in bringing a FlipTech conference to your city or country.

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Episode 018 – Miguel Rodriguez

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This week Ken joins Professor Miguel X. Rodriguez Paz to discuss his flipped classroom in Puebla, México. I met Miguel a few years back at our CIIE Conference (Congreso Internacional de Innovación Educativa) and we have been in frequent contact since then.

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If you would like to support The Flipped Learning Network, please visit our page where you can consider how to support your not-for-profit community. We recently created a Patreon site which we will be promoting more in upcoming episodes and you can even help by purchasing any goods at Amazon (US site) via our affiliate link.

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Episode 17: Talking Mission, Purpose & Screencast-O-Matic With Christine Umayam

Show Notes

This week Matthew Moore talks with Christine Umayam from the FlipTech East Coast 2018 conference.

I met Christine as FlipTech East Coast this past June where she was representing conference sponsor Screencast-O-Matic. While Screencast-O-Matic is a great tool for flipped learning and has many other uses in education, I was more struck Christine’s story and that is what we spend the bulk of the episode exploring.  I found an amazing story of vocation and avocation melding with a purpose centered in heart and compassion.  Listen to Christine’s journey thus far and the mission that is at the front of her mind. 

The conference was held on June 29 and 30 at Collingswood High School in New Jersey. We are in the planning stages for future FlipTech conferences, feel free to contact us if you would like to participate in bringing a FlipTech conference to your city or country.

Enjoy the show and we welcome feedback via comments, tweets to hosts and/or the AskTheFLN Twitter account or as a comment via iTunes.

If you would like to support The Flipped Learning Network, please visit our page where you can consider how to support your not-for-profit community.

 

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Episode 16: Talking Twitter with @bakerhhhs a.k.a. Chris Baker

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This week Matthew Moore talks with Chris Baker from the FlipTech East Coast 2018 conference.

Chris Baker is a name I have known and someone I have talked to online for a few years now, but this is the first opportunity I had to meet him in real life. Chris is very active in the twitter community and participates in a variety of forums with thoughtful and well informed takes on many things in education.  We sat down and talked about the role and use of twitter and social media as educators.  We didn’t always agree, but there was some great conversation and ideas that educators need to address about social media both in the classroom and for use personally.

The conference was held on June 29 and 30 at Collingswood High School in New Jersey. We are in the planning stages for future FlipTech conferences, feel free to contact us if you would like to participate in bringing a FlipTech conference to your city or country.

Enjoy the show and we welcome feedback via comments, tweets to hosts and/or the AskTheFLN Twitter account or as a comment via iTunes.

If you would like to support The Flipped Learning Network, please visit our page where you can consider how to support your not-for-profit community.

Guest Bio(s):

Married, two kids (15 year old boy and 17 year old girl). Paramedic since 1996, work mostly weekends during school year and all summer. Teaching HS anatomy & physiology since 2006 at Hatboro-Horsham High School in Philadelphia suburbs. Dovetails perfectly with EMS; the course is based on case studies – evaluating, diagnosing and treating sick and inured patients. My favorite quote. It’s our classroom mantra. Banner courtesy of a student who is now in nursing school. “Student, you do not study to pass the test. You study to prepare for the day when you are the only thing between a patient and the grave.” 

 

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Episode 015 – Laurita Garza

Show Notes

This week Ken joins Laurita Garza to discuss her flipped classroom in Monterrey, México. We met in November 2017 at a workshop and I am so happy to share this wonderful interview here. Laurita is extremely creative, has so much energy and truly inspiring.

I am adding here that (as hinted in the episode) Laurita just started publishing on a blog, please check out her writing and encourage her to share more.

Enjoy the show and we welcome feedback via comments, tweets to hosts and/or the AskTheFLN Twitter account or as a comment via iTunes.

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