Flipping Professional Learning to Maximize Meeting Time

How many times have you said this: “There just isn’t enough time!” 

I find myself saying it frequently this year, especially as we are introducing a new math curriculum and taking a new approach to math teaching and learning.  There are so many great resources that I would love to share with teachers.  We also need time to plan and reflect on lessons.  And I want to allow time for them to ask questions and share ideas with each other.  But, each week, as I make an agenda to share with grade-level teams, I encounter the same problem – how can I fit all of this into the 50 minutes that we have?

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Maybe the answer is flipping the meeting! What if I share resources such as articles and videos with teachers, before the meeting? Then, we could discuss and reflect on them at the meeting. I could also share any housekeeping items in a google doc or short video, prior to the meeting.

Then, we can spend the meeting time being more productive and focusing on what is most important: how to increase student learning.

Has anyone tried flipped meetings? How did it work?

One comment

  1. I believe there are two factors at play when asking if this might work:
    Culture and Adaptability

    If your group adjusts to changes easily and if there is a culture of learning and growing professionally this should be an achievable transition.

    Even in the best scenario like this you will need to identify how you will encourage a self-correcting behavior from those who miss the pre-work for whatever reason. This will be a blog post I would like to read as it is good to know others are making meetings awkward out there too (just kidding) and I am always looking for these types of strategies.

    If your group does not adjust easily to changes, but still has a culture of learning & growth you will need to heavily scaffold the process.

    If your group neither adjusts easily to change nor has a culture of learning & growth this could be frustrating for you.

    I’d love to know how this turns out for you!

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