Author Archives: cnepstad

How we spent class time this week

With the flipped classroom model, the goal is to free up time during class sessions in order to provide active support to students when they need it. I like the idea of active support because this is how it feels … Continue reading

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Observation and Interpretation paper – the final draft

This week during class we will spend a good deal of time reviewing your narrative section and talking about how to do the interpretation. I also wanted you to start thinking about the rest of the paper which includes the … Continue reading

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The Flipped Classroom: an experiment

I have been moving in this direction for the past year, but after a discussion with my Saturday students this week, I’ve finally decided to more formally adopt a flipped classroom. For an overview of the flipped model, check out … Continue reading

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Observation & Interpretation Paper – the first draft

This week, students proposed the following: They want to work on the first part of the paper and bring the draft with them to class next week so we can talk about the observation narrative and I can provide feedback … Continue reading

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Dusting off my blog to start using it with students!

I have decided to start using this blog as a way to communicate with my students in addition to its original purpose which was for my personal reflections about my own teaching. I think I can do both! We shall … Continue reading

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Spring Reflections

As I wrap up the Spring semester, I keep thinking about the learning process and how personal this is for each student. This semester, I asked students to write the following reflection: What are the top 3 things you learned … Continue reading

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the Art of Helping Others

We are in the midst of severe weather conditions here in Chicago. School systems and businesses are closed and have remained closed for two days – pretty unusual for a city that is used to intense winters. I’ve noticed that when the … Continue reading

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CARE and care alike

CARE C = Curious A = Articulate R = Respectful E = Ethical Many instructors are using this model in a variety of ways through their courses this semester. Here are some of the ideas I’ve heard of so far: … Continue reading

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Arleen Prairie writes about the CLASS Measures

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is an observation tool that focuses on the effectiveness of classroom interactions among teachers and children and classroom organization. From the CLASS research we know children thrive when teachers create nurturing, well-managed settings and engage children in ongoing thoughtful conversations and meaningful activities.
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Do you CARE?

I’ve spent some time talking with individual faculty members, lab center directors, and teachers this past year within the District and across the country at various conferences. One of the questions I try to ask is, “what do you want … Continue reading

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