I follow Mr. Brian Bennett on twitter, and if you don’t already, you should. He is a science teacher whose tweets scream that he is fully invested in his subject and the children that he teaches. His posts tend to encourage me, give me new ideas and most importantly they challenge me as a future educator.
This is a man that doesn’t know me, nor do I know him, but he has changed my philosophy on education. He seems to be so far ahead of the game that he talks about stuff I have never heard of and I must go google it to see what he is saying.
Mr. Bennett uses the strategy of flip class. I saw him tweet this a few times and then i became overwhelmingly curious as to what this is. I am in my second year of education and I have not heard this term, so to the search engine I go.
Can you imagine a setting where kids receive a lecture at home and do homework in the class? Is that not completely backwards to everything we have learned about what ‘school’ is? But this really makes sense. Teachers who use the structure of flip class develop videos, pod casts and other types of media to lecture their students, while their students are home. With the widespread of computers, mp3 players, ipods and smart phones that can do it all, this is an improvement to the way we learn. I would argue that this is REAL learning, at the heart of learning.
The teacher in this video, Adam Sams went from a teacher centred classroom to a student centred classroom with teenagers that have become responsible for their own education. These are the students that become life long learners.
Mr. Sams says that instead of children going to school to learn they go to school to apply. That is powerful in itself, because when knowledge is applied, the knowledge is embedded and a deeper understanding is revealed. Watch it for yourself.
This has my mind swirling with ideas and inspiration for my next lesson plans.
This is a direction that I believe we should be going.
Think about it.