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Flip Teaching and Flip Conferences

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 25 October 2011

 


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Flip Teaching and Flip Conferences
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 136
Posted DateTuesday 25 October 2011 12:43 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_teaching ... 
http://www.flipteaching.com ... 
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/05/flip-teaching-what ... 
http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/teachers-doing-the-flip ... 
http://theactiveclass.com/2011/04/29/flipping-your-classroom ... 

I've known about a new way of teaching for some time now. It's called "flip teaching", "reverse teaching" or "reverse instruction." The idea is simple:
  • Kids watch lectures and videos at home.
  • Class is for hands-on work and face-to-face interaction with teachers and peers.
Although this style of teaching does not seem to be without its problems, I love the idea. This is just what I and others have been saying about conferences and seminars.

But why did I not make the connection before today? Conferences are just a hang over from school days. Sit the students in nice neat rows in a classroom and talk at them!
  • Speech is a bad medium for communicating information - so watch lectures and videos at home.
  • Speech is a good medium for dialogue - so do hands-on work and face-to-face interaction with teacher/peers at school and speaker/peers at a conference.
Its such a simple but powerful way of working. Don't just flip teaching, flip conferences as well. I will leave you with favourite quotation of mine.
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.





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