Dear Principals, I've got a professional challenge for you: I want you to flip every faculty meeting during the 2012-2013 school year. Doing so would be a breeze, I bet.
What's beautiful about flipping your faculty meetings is you are modeling an instructional practice that you'd like to see spreading in your classrooms. Flipping empowers students, giving them ownership over the direction of their learning -- and that feels good whether you're 12 or 27.
My bet is that teachers will enjoy your faculty meetings WAY more when the keys to the conversation are turned over to them. More importantly, my bet is that teachers will be WAY less intimidated by the notion of flipping the classroom when they see that even their curmudgeonly old bossman can pull it off.
I also like that flipped faculty meetings become places where cross-departmental and grade level conversations can actually happen.
The truth is that most schools are incredibly isolated places simply because there's no time for meeting with people beyond your core learning teams. If dude isn't in the room next to mine, the chances I'm going to hunt him down for a deep and meaningful conversation when I've got three thousand papers to grade is about zero.
Via Susan Bainbridge