It’s always Teacher Appreciation Day here on Thursdays and today we’ve decided to feature a group of teachers who we’ve seen grow their PLN via multiple forms of social media including Twitter’s #edchat, their dynamic blogs and their advocacy of the Flipped Classroom Model! We’ll continue to spotlight a handful of individuals for Thank a Teacher Thursdays (#ThankaTeacher), who not only make a contribution to the classroom, but to the greater online teacher community. Feel free to read their blogs, follow them on twitter, and if you know a teacher or educator that deserves to be recognized – tell us in the comments section! We’d love to hear from you!
Jonathan Bergmann is a teacher, educational coach, and writer who has had the privilege of helping educators around the world reconsider what education can look like. He is one of the pioneers in the Flipped Class Movement and co-wrote the book on the Flipped Classroom which should be available in June of 2012. Jonathan has a popular YouTube channel which contains videos he has used with his students in the flipped classroom. The videos mostly cover Chemisty, Astronomy, and Space Science topics. Check out Jonathan’s website, Flipped Learning, and follow him on Twitter @jonbergmann.
Brian E. Bennett is now in his third year of teaching and still learning many things about what it means to be a teacher. He grew up in upstate New York and then moved to Kentucky, where he attended Asbury College and earned his B.A. in Biology and Secondary Education. Brain has taught Chemistry and Biology at schools in Indiana and Seoul, South Korea. He believes every student has the potential to positively affect the world around them and uses the Flipped Classroom Model to allow for one-on-one interaction with all of his students every day. Check out Brian’s website and follow him on Twitter @bennettscience.
Stacey Roshan is a high school math teacher and avid technology lover. Using Screencast and iTunes to support her Flipped Classroom structure, Stacey has made her video lectures and podcasts available for the students in her AP Calculus AB class to reference. Her classroom has been featured by USA Today and US News & World Report. Stacey seeks to empower teachers with ideas and tools to enrich the classroom experience and engage learners. Check out her site, techieMusings, and follow Stacey on Twitter @buddyxo.
Crystal Kirch is a high school mathematics teacher in Southern California. She currently teaches Algebra 1 to Freshman and Sophomores and Math Analysis Honors (pre-cal) to Juniors and Seniors. Crystal is also currently the Math Department Chair at her school. She holds a Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, two single-subject teaching credentials in Mathematics and Physical Education and a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology: Teaching/Coaching with a minor in Mathematics from Vanguard University of Southern California. Check out Crystal’s blog, Flipping with Kirch, and follow her on Twitter @crystalkirch.
Tom Deris is an elementary school teacher and tech enthusiast. A Google Certified Teacher, Tom prides himself on being a blogger and Mac user. Tom’s website, Mr. Deris’ 1st Grade Blog, is a one stop shop for parent and student communication, classroom and school news, announcements, homework, student reflections and more. His ‘Parent Resources’ page includes documents for parents to reference on ways to read with their children and how to help their children write. Tom’s interests include iPads, flipped classroom and 21st century classroom design. Visit his classroom blog and follow Tom on Twitter @tomderis.
Michelle Rinehart is a math and science teacher with an avid love for both subjects. Born and raised in Canada, Michelle now teaches math and science at a high school in Texas. She also works as an educational consultant when she’s not in the classroom. Michelle’s professional interests include educational technology (Moodle, e-learning, the flipped classroom, IWBs, etc.), science/mathematics education, and G/T learning needs. Michelle is passionate about her profession and strives to be the best teacher she can be. Check out her site, How We Teach IS the Message, and follow Michelle on Twitter @HowWeTeach.
Jac de Haan is an integrator using tech with intent to design curriculum. An iPad 1-1 manager, Google Certified Teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator, Jac is one of the co-founders of @FlipLab, a professional development platform that helps teachers develop interactive and relevant classroom experiences. Jac experiments with interactive video content and enjoys helping students design their own projects along with assessment rubrics. Check out his blog, Technology with Intention, and follow Jac on Twitter @techwithintent.
Greg Bamford is a former upper school humanities teacher and department chair, speaker, designer of learning experiences for adults and kids. As a consultant with @RechargeSchools, he helps schools with strategic planning, retreats and professional development. His work on teaching and learning centers on authentic assessment, design thinking, metacognition and growth mindsets. A dad and TEDx Curator, Greg is another one of the founding members of Flip Lab. Check out the site for Flip Lab and follow Greg on Twitter @gregbamford.
Thomas Frizelle is a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington in Educational Communication & Technology. He works as a Teacher and Educational Technology Director. When he’s not working, Thomas enjoys being a world traveler, trail-running junkie and ultra-marathoner. Thomas also rounds out the Flip Lab founding team as the company’s third co-founder. His academic interests include: critical theory, ethics, social justice & the unintended consequences of technology in education. Follow Thomas on Twitter @tomfrizelle.
Troy Cockrum has been teaching for 6 years. He is a Middle School English teacher, Yearbook Adviser, Musical Director, and Speech Team coach. Prior to teaching, he was a Television Writer/Producer for 9 years. He holds a Masters from the University of Cincinnati and completed the Transition-to-Teaching program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Troy is a recognized leader in the Flipped Class movement. He has successfully infused technology into his Language Arts Curriculum and has presented and trained others across the country on doing the same. Check out Troy’s website and follow him on Twitter @tcockrum.