Today I took the living creature that I spend the most time with to an animal ophthalmologist. He is here with me as I write every script, edit every video and this post. I found out that Buster, our labradoodle, has a cataract and detached retina in his left eye. There are only three places in the United States that perform a detached retina surgery on animals and well, that puts it out of the range of possibility for the Thomas-Palmer household. So I am sad to inform you that our dog Buster is now, and will always be, mono-ocular. Sorry, Buster.
A big Thank You to Jeff Stanzler for inviting me to speak last night at my Alma Mater, the University of Michigan. I am especially thankful for all the MAC students who patiently listened to me wax eloquent for 90 minutes about my journey from classroom teacher to Flipping Physics. Okay, "wax eloquent" is probably a bit facetious and "patiently listened" also doesn't well describe my audience because they were a very active audience, asking lots of questions, which I love. It was awesome to be a presenter in a class that I took 14 years ago. So thanks. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to talk about my craft.
FYI: MAC stands for Master of Arts with teacher Certification
Here are some pictures I shared with the group that show where and how I film my videos:
I am so excited about today's video! really, i am. I started filming it 19 months ago and I can finally, conclusively, visually explain the differences between a Traditional and a Flipped Classroom. I took videos of a Traditional Class and a Flipped Class, filmed 1 year apart covering approximately the same topics. I put both videos on the screen and talk about the differences. Enjoy.
This is much more personal than my average video. I talk about my spelling inadequacies. (yes, i just spelled inadiquacies incorrectly, spell check fixed it, arg.) I use it as a tool to talk about admitting you don't understand as an important tool for learning.
A note to all my high school english teachers; Mrs. Graham, Mr. Froyslyn & Mrs. Mitchell. I tried really hardly in english in high school. Even though I never did well, I learned a lot and I thank you. I appreciate your teaching much more now than I did then. So thank you.
Yep, I make physics videos in the hope that you can learn physics. If you are a physics teacher, I am very hopeful that you will want to use them to help flip your physics class.