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Next Time My Class Would…

Feb 05, 14 Next Time My Class Would…

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  1. Thank you so much Heather for sharing this very personal and critical reflection on your work. I know it’s not always easy to step back and take an objective approach to practice but I think your honesty and openness here is inspiring for many.

    I do have a couple of questions related to your move towards the flip/shift. When you began, was there a particular group of students you are looking to engage or affect in a different sort of way? If so, are these the students that you believe have benefited most from the shift in practice?

    Second, and related, has to do with whether or not you believe the flipped classroom approach helps students that are traditionally marginalized by the practices of school. I’m thinking of your reference to ELL learners and am also thinking of students who may see themselves as struggling students. Has your implementation of the flip/shift Allowed you to connect with some of these students in a different way?

    I look forward to more conversation!

    • I would not have said there was a specific group of students I was targeting, but I guess my target could be classified as a group. I was tired of having students consistently frustrated with homework and not having the time necessary to focus on making that improvement. I was also frustrated with students coming into courses lacking in skills they needed and having to force them through new material that just continued to leave them confused. Do I think that giving students one class in this method has made those things go away? No, not really. But I do think that those frustrated students got more opportunity to seek help, and there were definitely some who took advantage of its format and were able to build on their weaknesses.

      Overall I am not sure if it had the effect on the ELL students the way I had hoped. The ones who had previously excelled in math still excelled, the middle of the pack were still middle of the pack. They still seemed to struggle with the idea that it was good to actually work together. I found it hard to tell if they liked it (in written feedback most said they did though) and I was still not able to make a different connection with most of them. But I will keep trying!
      [To be fair, in the above I am referring specifically to the International students at our school. A large portion of our regular population are ESL - at varying levels - but most have been around longer and had fewer of those in these two classes].

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