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RESOURCE: The Third Hurdle to Flipping Your Class

Before a teacher flips, they must be convinced that there must be a better way than the didactic method of lecture, notes, test.  You can read more about this hurdle here.  The second hurdle is the technology hurdle.  Teachers must have the knowledge, training, and expertise to navigate the technology hurdle.  You can read about that here.

The third hurdle to flipping your class is TIME.

I get it, teachers are overworked and do not have enough time to do the things assigned to them now.  When they first encounter the flipped classroom model, many feel that it will require too much.  It seems like one more thing to do.  They have to not only grade papers, create engaging lessons, call parents, meet with students, and attend meetings, but now they’re supposed to create and/or curate all of these flipped learning objects (usually videos) too.  Argh!

To this, all I can say is yes, it does take extra time.  I realize that I am encouraging teachers to work harder and longer.  But the rewards will be great.  Students’ learning will increase and they will become more engaged.  You will get to know your students better both cognitively and affectively.

That said, and this is where I see administrators can jump in help.  There are ways for a school to give teachers time.

via The Third Hurdle to Flipping Your Class – EdTechReview™ (ETR).

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Brian S McGowan, PhD

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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