As I am reading this article, “I Don’t Like This One Little Bit”, and watched the Ted Video, Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education, it brought my client Alley* to mind. I discovered she was quite the conversationalist. When I asked her how school was going, she waxed on about how great it was, that her favorite subject is chemistry, her interest is politics and she can’t wait to go to Ottawa (which is why she was getting her hair done) for this huge science event. Needless to say I thought, “what is wrong with this kid?” Ally* had informed me that she went to an alternative school and her teacher Jim* is amazing. “Oh, you get to call him by his first name?” I asked. Ally screwed up her face and looked at me like I was the crazy one and said,” what else would I call him? That’s his name.”
So, why did I tell you this story? Results. As the title of the article suggests, when implementing a new teaching method like flipping the classroom, it may be met with resistance. Learners are used sitting as passive observers of the learning process instead of being actively involved in their education. So, I ask myself, “How are these students going to turn out?” I had the perfect example in front of me, Ally. She was telling me how they conduct great experiments, when they learn about nature they went out side, she loves politics and public speaking. She didn’t speak with arrogance, she spoke with knowledge, and she wore her confidence like a her skin. Ally is the example of what happened when we flip the classroom and create student centered learning environment.
For me, I have a lot fear if I can’t foresee some of the pitfalls and the benefits in mentoring a student in this manner. I will be implementing flipping the classroom and other student centered learning where ever possible. You maybe wondering how old Ally is, she is 13 and when she decides to run for a political position, no matter what it is, she has my vote!
*names have been change to protect the innocent