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Creating a Flexible Classroom
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5.0 (12 Reviews)
July 28, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Creating a Flexible Classroom

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Creating a Flexible Classroom

Date

July 28, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Location

Online

Cost

Free

Credit

Grade Level Grades 4-8, Professional Development

About This Webinar

One of the greatest challenges a teacher has is creating a classroom that meets the needs of all students, while also establishing a love of learning. In this webinar you'll learn, from educator and author Amber Chandler, how to create a flexible classroom, one where students are given choice and autonomy, while also taking risks and collaborating. The philosophy behind a flexible classroom is not just about differentiation, but instead an attitude of "whatever it takes" for student success. This webinar will provide practical tips, and help you get ready for the new year. 

Speakers

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Amber Chandler is a National Board Certified middle school ELA teacher in Hamburg, New York with a Master’s Degree in Literature, as well as a School Building Leader certification. She is the 2018 Association for Middle Level Educators’ “Educator of the Year.” 

Amber has enjoyed a wide variety of teaching opportunities--from 6th grade remediation, to college courses, to education workshops on Differentiation, Danielson’s Domains, and Project Based Learning. No matter which level Amber is teaching, the goal is always the same: engage students to take charge of their own learning.

Amber’s blogs and articles have appeared in Middleweb, ShareMyLesson, Getting Smart, ASCD’s “Ideas From the Field,” Mom’s Rising, The EdVocate, AMLE magazine, as well as New York Teacher. She has served as a co-moderator for #WhatIsSchool education chat, as well as initiating the first #NYEdVoice Twitter chat as a New York Educator’s Voice Fellow. Amber has appeared as a guest on BAM! Radio Network to discuss the benefits of Project Based Learning, as well as webcasts for AMLE on the importance of teaching speaking and listening skills, and how to use artifacts to improve teacher evaluation in APPRs.

Amber was chosen from a nationwide search as one of a handful of panelist for Fordham’s “Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments” to evaluate how state assessments compare in their ability to assess Common Core Standards. She’s also served as a School Review Team member, offering her observations and expertise, particularly in the area of Project Based Learning.

Amber is an active AFT member as a ShareMyLesson Ambassador and participant in the Resource and Materials Development at the Summer Educators Academy. Amber also is a featured contributor for the AFT blog, “Classroom Voices.” She serves as the President for her local, Frontier Central Teachers Association.

To learn more about her work, check out Amber Chandler's website here.

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements and an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved Professional Development provider.

Resources

Files

The Flexible Classroom.pptx

Presentation
February 10, 2020
6.25 MB

The_Hunger_Games_Essay (1).docx

Activity
February 13, 2020
83.74 KB

Notecard_Assignment (1).docx

Activity
February 13, 2020
74.89 KB

litcircle.doc

Activity
February 10, 2020
40 KB

WordStudyWeekOne.pptx

Activity
February 10, 2020
1.52 MB

Week2WordStudy.pptx

Project Based Learning
February 10, 2020
1.16 MB

Week3WordStudy.pptx

Project Based Learning
February 10, 2020
2.45 MB

Week4WordStudy.pptx

Project Based Learning
February 10, 2020
1.6 MB

HOTSEAT.pptx

Presentation
February 10, 2020
1.97 MB

WebsiteGuidelines.docx

Activity
February 13, 2020
5.77 KB

PassionProject.docx

Project Based Learning
February 13, 2020
7.63 KB

PassionProjectReflections.docx

Project Based Learning
February 13, 2020
5.76 KB

BookReviewGuidelines.docx

Project Based Learning
February 13, 2020
5.01 KB
5.0
12 Reviews
Hi Josh. I wish I had more weeks! They took a really long time to make, so that is as far as I got. I've thought about creating an entire year's worth and turning it into a downloadable resource--but it takes time! I'm still a full time teacher, so as you know, that is always the issue. Glad you and your students enjoyed it.
Amber Rain Chandler
April 25, 2019
Thanks for joining the conversation here. I don't have a specific rubric that I always use with the choice boards, but that is because I change them up so often. I like to use a "one point rubric" to grade--something I picked up from Alice Keeler (google her, as she has tons of great materials including a downloadable one point rubric). A media mash up is when students create a product using different mediums. They might, for example, make a podcast on a topic, which they share with the class via a website, and where they also post images and links to other media--connecting all the concepts through a mash up of media. Hope that helps! Please let me know if you need anything else!
Amber Rain Chandler
April 25, 2019
My students enjoy the word study can there be more weeks
Teaching with Josh
April 24, 2019
Really useful thanks so much
Helena Keefe
September 19, 2017
I participated in the Webinar and purchased the book. I've started reading it but have a couple of burning questions. The information from the webinar and the book is definitely changing the way I approach my students and my lesson planning. However, I have two burning questions. Are there rubrics available for the choice boards? And what is a media mash up?
kimmoore75
October 16, 2016
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