I recently attended the Ohio Middle Level Association Conference in Sandusky, OH. Our keynote speaker was the widely acclaimed Ron Clark, Disney's Teacher of the Year, Author of The Essential 55, teacher, speaker, and so much more. Hearing him speak was such a motivation to take my classroom to the next level. After flipping for two years, I need to ramp up my game to a whole new level. Conference are great for getting new ideas and for igniting passion for instruction. One of the things that Mr. Clark spoke about was the makeup of a school. He suggested picturing the school as a bus with no engine. The teachers power the school and move it forward. Teachers make the school! Next cut holes in the bottom of the bus and ask the teachers to put their legs through those holes. Some of the teachers will be runners, some joggers, some walkers, and some riders. The runners are taking chances, trying out new techniques, researching new strategies for engaging kids, and are constantly looking for ways to move the school/bus forward. Joggers are moving forward but at a stead pace (not too fast and not too slow). These teachers are doing a good job, but there is little innovation going on in their rooms. They are good teachers, but they are not runners. Walkers sit on a stool at the front of the classroom. These teachers do the bare minimum (worksheet pushers). Riders suck the energy out of everyone because everyone has pull extra weight to make up for what Riders are not doing. This analogy showed me that I need to be running all the time and not just sprinting and jogging and sprinting and jogging. I began to think about how I can up my game within my flipped classroom. Though I feel like I am doing a lot, if I am not challenging myself, then I am not moving forward. Distance learning is going to be the next major focus of my flipped classroom. I am going to throw the "Hail Mary Pass" and "Go for the Gold". If there is someone I would like to have engage my students to enrich their understanding of different types of project skills or content knowledge, I will not stop. If you could ask anyone to speak to your students through distance learning, who would it be and what would you want them to talk about?