I first heard about flip classrooms last year. And, true to form, I began reading and learning all I could about them. I didn't jump right in. I sat back and watched and learned. Here's what I believe and where I am headed (and in many ways, I'm already there).
Flip class--giving students what they need when they need it. Not on my time. Their time. So I'm not flipping lectures. If I need to say something to the whole class, then I'll talk to the whole class (and record it for those who are absent. A bonus for those kids who want to go back and see it again.) And maybe that's blended learning.....
Flip class--expecting students to take charge of their learning. Yes. I know I have to help them along the way. Yes. I am the teacher. Yes. I need to give them a gentle nudge once in awhile. But they need to take charge. What do they need to know to move forward in their learning? I expect them to tell me and find some of the information themselves.
Google it. The most powerful words I know.
If I want to learn more about something, I first google it and get the basics. Then I find a book. Then I find people who know more than I do. Or sometimes, I flip this. I go to the people first. I move on to google. Then I find a book. It really depends on what I want to know more about.
And I don't limit myself to those things--I blog and love the comments. I use Twitter. I have asked my Facebook friends. I ask students.
Flipped Learning. That's where I'm going. I expect my students to take control of their lives and their learning.
Besides modeling what a lifelong reader and a lifelong writer look like, I want to show them what a lifelong learner looks like.
Because I am one.