I am not quite sure why it took me more than two months to send out this e-mailto my staff, but I thought I would share it with you and encourage you to send a similar one.
I have spoken to a few people about some recent blog posts I have read about Flipping Instruction or Reverse Instruction. One of the best summaries of the whole idea is in a post from Jonathan Martin, a high school Principal in Tuscon, Arizona. Jonathan’s post was titled Reverse Instruction: Dan Pink and Karl’s “Fisch Flip.”
“If kids can get the lectures, can get the content delivery and skill modeling as well (or often better) by computer lecture than in person, why do we have use precious class-time for this purpose? Why do we, in the status quo, †replicate in person in our classrooms what is easily available elsewhere, the content delivery/skill modeling, and then have kids apply their learning to difficult problems at home, without us there to help?
Increasingly, education’s value-add is and will be in the coaching and troubleshooting when students are applying their learning, and in challenging students to apply their thinking to hands-on learning by doing and teaming: so let’s have them do these things in class, not sit and listen.
So I am offering a Flip Video to the first three classroom teachers willing to give the Fisch Flip a try. The only thing I would ask is that you try this three times between now and the end of the school year.
Please touch base if you have any questions on this.
I hope you had (or are having) a great weekend!