This week I've been preparing to host some educators for the flipped classroom open house. It's always fun to share my journey as an educator and learner. One thing that's always important to me is to share with folks that flipping the classroom is a lot more than just doing videos at home and homework at school. Which lead me to creating this slide for my opening presentation.
If we are going to innovate our classrooms then we have to do a lot more than just shuffle the cards around. Shuffling the cards just allows us to say we are doing something different without actually doing something different.
Instead of shuffling, we must decide what cards we are willing to trade in for another. This is the thing I hate about playing cards. I'm always second guessing my decision on what cards to trade in for new ones. However, I know that if I don't trade in any cards, I have no hope of winning. Yes, there is risk involved and yes it doesn't always work out, but just shuffling the cards doesn't change anything.
Here are seven things we should consider trading in when flipping our classrooms.
1. How we define learning.
2. The roles of the teacher/students.
3. The best use of face-to-face time.
5. Content Delivery
6. The design of our learning space.
When people reach out to me about the flipped classroom I know it's because they feel like what they are doing isn't working. The worse thing I can do for them is just tell them to shuffle the cards.