Flipping Out Over the Flipped ClassroomBy MR. CHRIS MERRYMAN Teacher
Google tells me that “uggh” and “ngngh” can be written to express the sound made when a student hears something that causes annoyance or displeasure.
First of all, I don’t like the “flipped” moniker. It sounds too much like a buzzword or fad.
Ironically, kids that never like to be told what to do and when to do it are uncomfortable when given academic freedom.
In many cases this could mean teachers expect students to watch videos at home and engage in activities in the classroom.
I think the issue for students is they don’t know how to handle freedom.
Being proactive is hard; it’s easier to jump when the teacher says jump.
What are you being prepared for? What is your ultimate goal when you leave here? Go to college and get a job?
I was woefully prepared for freedom in college because I was never challenged to find my own way through high school.
I just had to keep making mistakes and keep learning from them. No one gave me an instruction manual for life.
If you know me, then you know I am all about having fun, but I’ve learned how to compartmentalize my life and find rewards in my work.
The time you spend relaxing and having fun is much more rewarding when you know you’ve earned it and unfinished obligations aren’t nagging you in the back of your brain.
You have more time for friends and family. You can travel and pursue hobbies. You can take up a leadership position in a club or organization.
The next time a teacher gives you an opportunity to approach your education your own way, seize it. Don’t whine about it, don’t drag your feet, and in the name of all that is holy, don’t say, “Why doesn’t the teacher just teach me!?”
Take the time to learn to organize, collaborate with your classmates, and utilize resources.
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