For the most part, I’ve been working for a few hours every day to prepare for classes in the fall. I’m starting with 6th grade and working my way up to 7th and 8th. And I have the Physical Computing class to work on. Going to the Arduino sessions at The Hacktory really helped, and I might go to their project nights to work on my cat tracking project.
I’m moving my Scratch curriculum back to 6th grade. It was mostly in tact, but I needed to tweak it a bit. One thing I’m doing for all my middle school classes is flipping. I’ve realized that I lose valuable class time to explaining concepts (often more than once). For each class period so far, I’ve created 5-10 minute videos. Yes, I’ll gain the 5-10 minutes back, but I’ll also be able to have students watch the videos again if they need to and I can be helping others move forward. Here’s the playlist I’ve created so far: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLo7YO_w3ktGQ3w4opcyJnYUeljJHkcwEE
I’ll be adding to that as I go along. My plan is to finish 6th grade today before I head out for vacation. When I return, I’ll work on 7th grade. I also have to prepare a couple of talks in there. I have a feeling that 8th grade won’t get done until end of July. And Upper School will happen beginning of August. There goes the summer! Honestly I don’t mind. Basically, I work for about 4-6 hours, depending and then I do nothing. Well, currently, we are re-watching all the Harry Potter movies. I’m taking my computer with me on vacation as is Mr. Geeky. Right now, we’re both planning to not do any work, but we’re thinking if the mood hits us . . . I know, sad.