2017 was an exciting year here at Butterfly Classrooms. I started the blog in 2015 as both a hobby and a way to provide up to date information to my fellow teachers. In 2017 I decided that I need a proper corporate identity and website. It was so much fun working with Elizna from Letterchef and Vernita from Red Swirl Design to create something that I am really proud of.
I have also added a Facebook page, Pinterest board and newsletter to make it easier for my followers to stay up to date.
But the most important part of Butterfly Classrooms is still the information it provided teachers. Here are the 5 best posts from 2017.
Flipping your classroom does not need to involve sending the kids home to watch videos. Read how I flipped my grade 11 geometry class with great success.
Having personal devices in your classroom is a game-changer in more ways than one. It opens doors to unknown opportunities, but it can also drive you up the wall. I have compiled a list of tips from teachers who have been there. After all who knows better what works and what does not work. If you are dipping your toes into a 1-to-1 classroom this is a must-read.
The information revolution means that we have more information at our fingertips than at any other time in history. It has become way to easy to just click on the share button. But our learners do not need us to bombard them with hundreds of links, they need us to help them to sift through the information overload but providing them with quality content. Read more about curation here.
I was asked by the local department of education to do a workshop on gamification and game-based learning. I find it quite an irony that anybody will ask a maths teacher about bring play into the classroom since maths classes aren’t known to be fun.
Gamification is looking at why they love games, in this case specifically computer games and attempting to introduce that into your classroom.