When Alice falls through the rabbit hole she finds herself in a confusing new reality where nothing is like it should be. Well, one month into the flipped class and some days I feel a bit like Alice….
In this new teacher reality I have found the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Think: Alice in a Western.
1. Hands down one of the best results of the flipped class is the collaboration that has developed between the 3 teachers (including myself) who are flipping this year. This is the first time in my 18 years of teaching that I have experienced real collaboration. This is rabbit hole in itself. You rock fellow flippers!
2. Students come to class asking probing and thoughtful questions. Some days too many questions to get to. I (or maybe they) need to develop a sustainable mode for the students to answer each other’s questions and not to feel stressed and frustrated when I don’t get to them right away.
3. We do a lab, activity or inquiry based activity every day. I have overheard “We really get to do stuff this year” and “I am actually learning this year” during labs.
4. I talk to every student every day.
5. Students have had choice in terms of the activity they do and when they would like to do the activity.
1. Well I have to go back to the good, the kids come to class with too many questions. I realize I don’t have a format in place here for them to process their questions amongst themselves. Students want me to be that ANSWER person.
2. Some students are still angry at me for not “teaching them”.
3. I am uncomfortable with not having everything “perfect” yet. I know, I know, this is my own hang up, I will get better with the controlled chaos.
4. I still am struggling with the optimal amount of teacher input.
The Ugly….the Ugly is not because of the flipped class but what I have noticed as a result of the flipped class. I offer only one….
1. When I do review, or do feel the need to give some sort of direct instruction, I am now hyper-aware of being the only voice and the resulting glazed look, on 80 percent of student faces.
Well Alice, what would Clint say?