There has been a lot of talk in the blogosphere about the “flipped classroom”. While I find the concept intriguing, I’m still learning how often it can apply to the elementary grades. There been a little discussion beginning on the topic of flipping faculty meetings as well. I think this is a great idea!
I feel confident that we have all sat through some laborious faculty meetings. And I’m sure as beginning administrators, we’ve likely conducted our own mundane meetings. Who is not guilty of dreadful presenter behavior?
- reading aloud all of the words on the screen
- doing all the talking and none of the listening
- letting the meeting go on and on, even though we know we are over the allotted time
The concept of the flipped faculty meeting is to give the staff the material ahead of time so that the meeting can be responsive and collaborative. The subject matter that we distribute ahead of time might be a cutting-edge teaching strategy, a technology application, revised program guidelines, or a professional learning video to watch. It could also be a slideshow that you have narrated (using an application such as, Screenr or Present Me). The point is to allow staff to do the independent work BEFORE the meeting occurs. With all the duties and responsibilities educators have today, time together as an entire staff is precious. We should treat it as such by ensuring that time spent with colleagues is active and engaging. Flipped meetings are not quiet, there should be lots of discussion, collaboration, and consensus-building.
The days of simply managing a school are gone; today, principals are expected to lead academic improvement in their schools in a hands-on, deliberate way.
Our role as leader of the meeting is not the ‘sage on the stage’, but to facilitate the meeting. A facilitator presents the parameters of the activity, divides the staff into small groups that are much more conducive to discussion and feedback, and then the leader backs away. The leader in the facilitator role should eavesdrop on each group, not participating, but clarifying the goal as it is needed. We’ve spent a lot of time working with our teachers to encourage collaborative, active learning in the classroom. It’s about time we model the very strategies we are expected them to use with students. Once again, the bar has been raised for building-level instructional leaders, and I for one, want to rise to meet it.
Some Online Resources I’ve Found on the Flipped Faculty Meeting:
How We Flipped Our Faculty Meeting (A Pace of Change blog) http://bit.ly/14LQemx
What if you Flipped Your Faculty Meetings (The Tempered Radical blog) http://bit.ly/OiZc0v
The Flipped Faculty Meeting (Education Week) http://bit.ly/PAZQbh
Flipped My Faculty Meeting (Principal Principles blog) http://bit.ly/YVhDz3
Flipped Follow Up (Henrico County Schools) http://bit.ly/P9jy0F
Flipping Your Faculty Meetings (Tech & Learning) http://bit.ly/XnW7QP