And I loved it.
It was a struggle, yes, and it took a really long time, and there were moments where I just wanted to give up and go to sleep. But there was this other person on the other end of the video/Google Hangout, pushing me, gently demanding my best.
So I did it. And I loved it.
That's the crux of this whole flipped process for me. There is love--of the process, of the knowledge gained, of the camraderie--and there is encouragement (plus a little kick in the pants when I need it). Here we are, two 10-ish year veteran teachers on opposite coasts, creating something new, something original, something that neither of us would have dreamed possible alone.
Alone, it would be too much work. It also would not be nearly as pedagogically sound. Beyond the friendship and the hard work is kind of a positively thrilling pedagogy--we're not lecturing students in a virtual classroom, drawing pictures and delivering facts in a technologically proficient way. We are modeling thought processes and letting students see the machinations behind the curtain, so to speak.
We're being real, we're being messy and silly and occasionally profound.
It's a beautiful thing.
And I love it.
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Cheryl-- @guster4lovers; Andrew-- @thomasson_engl