“Flip your instruction so that students watch and listen to your lectures… for homework, and then use your precious class-time for what previously, often, was done in homework: tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creating. Classrooms become laboratories or studios, and yet content delivery is preserved.” (http://www.connectedprincipals.com/archives/3367).
This reminds me of university. When professors handed out reading assignments with a timeline and would just move through the material whether you read it or not. I was responsible, enough, to do my readings. I have some students who struggle to bring enough food in their lunch, never mind listen to a 20 minute video on Capacity. I work hard to keep everyone’s attention during discussions, using cues to listen, proximity to refocus and strategies to maintain good classroom management.
Questions I have:
- Who will be making sure the students are actually paying attention and are engaged in the video?
- What ages are kids expect to do this at home? Is this a high school or Jr. High or even elementary?
- How can we expect or what time expectation should each student be doing at night?
- How can we plan a lesson if students do not do their homework? Do they just fall behind?
- What if the technology fails, dial up is still in use, or some kids do not have access to the computer for a long time?
- How do families with many children share the computer when everyone needs to do their homework before the next day?
- What will parents think of this?
- What roles do teacher play? Can the teacher then become replaced? Couldn’t we just buy a video?
- Would classroom size change?
- Are teachers ok with being viewed by parents and anyone with access to that USB stick or website?
There is a lot to think about. Perhaps we could have a flipped teacher?
Flip your teaching so that students watch and listen to your lectures……from the comfort of your own home? Lol ok a little sarcastic but the technology isn’t really that far off. With Ipads we can use Apple T.V. to watch and write on students Ipads from a remote location. Would a flipped classroom end up being a threat to teacher jobs? Even with the technology we have,we are not there….. Yet.