Flipping Our Weaknesses

flipped graphic_reinertcenterIdeally I would like everyone to use a growth mindset with this lesson. Sincerely reflect over your writing life and explore an Achilles Heel writing process topic. Though some of you were in the Crowsnest last year and may have heard too much on this topic (though some would argue you can never too much on this!), research Carol Dweck’s Mindsets (Fixed mindset vs. growth mindset) for more information on this important topic. Once you and your partner have a specific topic, find several flipped classroom lessons already online. When you and your partner agree (and do you see how much you will learn about this topic coming to consensus?) on the best or the two top flipped lessons–video(s), infographic(s), or whatever medium, then compose 2-3 sentences of Standard English appreciating the content of the lesson as well as how effective it was delivered. You can compose this in a word document, check for grammar and spelling, and then paste it in the comment box underneath this blog post. We can then all learn from what you have curated as the best flipped lessons on the topic. After you curate this information, begin the process of brainstorming a way to make your flipped classroom lesson better.

NB: In any English classroom project like this, it is important to remember your audience. In our case it is your partner and classmates. We all hope to become more mindful of our own writing issues and turn them into strengths by the end of this process.

Note below how I accessed more information about this topic from our #PLN on Twitter. I will have you tweet your final project to assets in our #PLN. The process of sharing what we learned makes us learn our topic even more! Suggestions for the best source for learning more about Flipped Lessons, click here: http://flippedlearning.org/ For best video tool, consider this: https://www.wevideo.com By all means, if you have a better tool, share!

Again, let’s give a shoutout to our #PLN:

About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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28 Responses to Flipping Our Weaknesses

  1. Katie Kuzmeski says:


    Our grammar imperfection is the well known and evil comma splice. The comma splice is the enemy of not only adolescence but also adults. This infographic explains what a comma splice is and how to avoid them. It is a comma splice if there are two independent clauses in one sentence without a conjunction and comma or a semicolon. To fix them you can join the two independent clauses with a semicolon, a conjunction and a comma, or a period and turned them into two sentences. Feast your eyes upon our link.
    Signed, Katie and Quinn.

  2. William Robidoux says:

    Aki and I enjoyed this video because of its visual aspect. It was very helpful seeing colons used on the screen within the screen we watched the video on. The simplicity of this video was also great. It was easy to follow and direct to the point.
    Will and Aki

  3. akiohtaka says:


    The simplicity of the presentation made it very easy to follow. I appreciated that there were correct examples and incorrect examples presented; they made me really understand how to use colons. Colons are used after an independent clause to list things, to introduce quotations and as a spring into the second part of the sentence.

  4. Peter Suh says:

    Many people make the mistake of run-on sentences when writing an essay, whether it is due to carelessness or not knowing what it is. We really liked this video since we can learn the grammar visually. The video explicitly explains the grammatical error that commonly happens, and give examples along with how to fix it. The video uses many visual tools, which makes the video interesting and easy to follow along.

      • bsullivan35 says:

        This video presents many conflicted points of view. The pacing and style present a frenetic visual experience. Perhaps the content could be redesigned for an explanation of how these great authors use the technique of stream of consciousness.

        Stylistically, this video trips over its own theme of trying to find an image for every connotative word. Why? Are they afraid that they will loose our attention? In your future videos for school and work, just allow the content to flow to the viewer. Must we be visually stimulated every second? I will discuss this more in class and get your reactions.

  5. Dan Tran says:

    Sentence Fragments
    Often students make common mistakes involving sentence fragments in their speech and writing. Harry, Jeremy, and I liked this video explaining sentence fragment because of the way content was delivered. The video first provides us with a real world example and then proceeds with explaining how to avoid sentence fragment. The relevant examples make the viewer connect with the material. Also an important aspect of the video is that it is concise, making the viewer pay attention throughout the whole video.

    • bsullivan35 says:

      I am concerned that this video turns the focus more on Mary and the old bat asking for tea. They implicitly create a strange persona for someone who understand the rules of Standard English. What is their motive? Can they just relate information without the other visual narratives?

  6. Shams El Din says:


    Our grammar imperfection is the semicolon. The semicolon is tricky because sometimes you think you should use it when only a comma would be sufficient. Some people try to minimise their usage of semicolons as much a possible in order to avoid grammar mistakes that they are unsure of. However, that may cause the shape of the sentence to be altered in a way that does not sound better than if we were to use a semicolon.

    Shams & Ross.

    • bsullivan35 says:

      This infographic did not make it to the Crowsnest Pinterest account on account of all the copyright phrases created in the watermark feature. Nevertheless, I did find them on Twitter and followed them with our Crowsnest Twitter account: @grammarnet @bsullivan35

  7. Cecilia Arntzen says:

    My grammar imperfections are commas. Commas are a necessity in any successful writers life, but sadly many people don’t know how to use them. This video teaches watchers how to use commas in the correct way, while at the same time making it fun! By making different parts of a sentence into characters, the watcher is more likely to understand what the rules are. This video is entertaining while also being educational.

    • bsullivan35 says:

      There a many great elements here at play. The pacing is excellent and the animated allegory for the comma, subordinates, and fanboys plays out consistently well under the artful hand of Brett Underhill’s animations. http://www.porkchopbob.com/contact–about.html I also appreciate how there are higher order commands and issues at stake for understanding this narrative. While we are learning about commas, we also review nuances about subordinate clauses as well as independent clauses. In other words, we are reflecting on the content of what we are punctuating as well as the following or learning the rule of where to punctuate. We could also have a fun conversation about what makes the gender selection of the comma savvy and creative. Is it the fact that she is comfortable having conversations about helping? Overall, great find!

  8. Run-on sentences are a common grammatical error in today’s world. This video presentation addresses this issue with humor, examples and easy tips on how to avoid this error. One thing this video taught us was if your not sure you have created a run-on sentence try to stick to a short and simple sentence. After watching the video provided you will be able to identify what a run-on sentence is and know how to prevent one in your writing.

    Nicole and Susan

    • bsullivan35 says:

      Did you see my comments above on this video? Interesting, though, that you posted this again to the comment thread. I have been doing some soft thinking about the point of view of the author in the video throughout the day. I actually think he is condescending to his “Shmoop” audience in the way he throws heavy weight authors, such as Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy around as violators of the run-on without enough explanation that they are making stylistic and artistic violations for the sake of their narrative’s art. Has he not heard of poetic license? Then his example of a run-on is not a passage from Faulkner but instead a hackneyed biography. Why does he just get to the point of explaining what is a violation of a regular run-on sentence and show us how to fix it clearly. What do others think?

  9. Daisy V says:


    This video is straight forward and gets to the point of the lesson at hand. She clearly states many examples of a sentence fragment. In this video one can see that a sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence; something that can’t stand alone. For example: “where I stayed.” Is not a proper sentence because it makes no sense without a counterpart clause.

    • bsullivan35 says:

      This is classic “flipped classroom” material and presentation. It does not take much to flip a classroom. Nevertheless, I had trouble about 90 seconds into the video. They wanted me to sign up for a free subscription. Is it worth it?

  10. Maura Eagan says:

    A thesis statement is essential for setting the stage for your essay. The infographic shows and explains the perfect 5 step recipe for writing a successful thesis statement. Step 1, determine your topic. Step 2, state your position. Step 3, think of a qualification. Step 4, give a reason. Step 5, put it together. Using this 5 step process will help guide you in writing a strong thesis statement.

  11. Ross Dooling says:

    I enjoyed watching this video through its consistency in keeping the watcher interested through its visual examples and effects. What i really enjoyed about this video is that it gave examples of incorrect ways or what not to do, which helped me improve my way of when i should not use a comma myself. Its information was clear and straight to the point without adding any unneccessary information that may confuse me.

  12. Lauren says:

    This video is an easy, and helpful way to fix run on sentences and fragments in your writing. What was really helpful in this video is how you are given multiple examples, with different techniques to avoid run on sentences. The video was easy to follow, and straight to the point.

  13. bsullivan35 says:

    Are we noticing a pattern? Do the videos with clarity, smooth pacing, and content rich material have anything in common?

  14. Will says:

    This video a very playful and easy to understand tutorial on how to use commas, it uses plenty of examples and funny similes. It uses humor to supplement the core message of how to use a comma the proper way, but it still is able to effectively teach the audience, or whoever is watching, the lesson on commas without going overboard. We chose this video over the other one we had in mind because this one was much more entertaining to watch.
    This was the other video http://study.com/academy/lesson/punctuation-using-commas.html
    Will Moryto & Henry Albright

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