Sunday, June 23, 2013

Climbing Pyramid Bloom's with the FLIP Pillars: Analyzing

CC Image courtesy of New Blooms Pyramid by Andrea Hernandez on Flickr

For the "analyzing" demonstration of the Flip Pillars, I created a concept map showing connections between the four pillars. Inside the concept map, I included an image that I thought represented the essence of each pillar. Below the concept map, I described additional connections. I think these are appropriate ways to demonstrate "analysis" because this level of learning includes making connections between concepts.

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Additional Connections between the Four FLIP Pillars
  • Between F & L: flexible space, pedagogy and assessment transform the learning culture and make student centered learning possible. A student centered culture requires a flexible teacher. The teacher has to let go some of the control.
  • Between F & I: flexibility should not be confused with complete lack of control and lack of planning. Instead, the strategy of flexibility is an intentional choice to allow students to learn in their own way and to demonstrate learning in their own way. All students are held accountable. Even if students are given choices, all of the choices are approved by teachers; in fact, most are deliberately designed and catered to different learning styles, and intentionally address different levels of Blooms taxonomy. Since teachers are intentional in their content, they have the freedom to allow for flexibility. If you can set up learning opportunities to ensure specific standards are met, why not let students acquire and demonstrate learning in their own way?
  • Between F & P: flexibility has to be learned and developed. It's important to reach out to others who are doing similar things so that the skill can be enhanced. A professional educator seeks to enhance ways to improve their space, pedagogy and assessments.
  • Between L & I: a learning culture in which the student is the center can only be successful if there are intentional decisions made about content. In other words, the integrity of the course must remain. Students must be held to certain standards.The difference in the flipped classroom is that the students meet standards by owning their learning, instead of being force fed.
  • Between L & P: teachers need to learn more about developing more student-centered classes. Since education has been teacher centered for so long, most of us will need to learn (or unlearn) certain habits of mind.
  • Between I & P: even though "it's not about the videos," there are certain characteristics of successful videos. As someone new to video production, teachers ought to spend the time learning how to make effective videos and other learning objects.