First years teachers are bad. The research shows that, but even without research, we know that from experience. I was a horrible teacher in my first year. I know that now, but I sure didn’t know that then. We all develop and grow as teachers and, hopefully, continue to develop and grow.
I mention this because I received an email yesterday from a former student. This was a student I had in my first 2 years of teaching and she is now in college studying Education. This student was always a very hard worker. She was also very kind and considerate. She regularly took the time to help me by cleaning the classroom, filing papers (this was before Google Drive), and other odd jobs. She even pretended to learn something from me now and again. She was one of the reasons I was able to keep my sanity in that stressful first year. I’m sure she never realized it, but that kindness she showed me throughout that first year is why she stills holds a special place with me.
To the email….Since she is in Education, she had an assignment in which she needed to research the Flipped Classroom and she had some questions for me. If I can make her entry into the profession and provide some solace when she goes into her first year of teaching, I won’t hesitate to help her in any way that I can. Since my blog is a reflective practice for me, I decided to answer her questions via blog post. So, here they are:
1. Flipped classroom is a rather new way to teach in the classroom, how did you come across flipped classrooms?
2. How effective did you find using a flipped classroom approach?
3. Do you think a flipped classroom benefited the students, or was it better for the teacher?
4. Where there any obstacles that you faced in using flipped classrooms?
5. What advice would you give a future teacher about using flipped classroom?