I had a really rough start to the week. I really began to notice the "self-pace = no pace" mindset taking hold in some of my students. It was taking some students 20 minutes or more to even get their materials out, despite constant reminders and checks. I really wanted to switch gears and go back to teaching with worksheets, grades, and no choice. It would have ended my headache, at least for the day, but I would have been compromising my philosophy of teaching and learning.
George Phillip is a middle school flipped history teacher in the area and he invited me out to dinner last night to talk flipped learning.
We talked open an honestly about what struggles we were having. How do we motivate students? How do we really manage the transfer of responsibility back to the kids? How do we keep them accountable for their tasks and for the learning itself?
We agreed on three things, which led me to these three questions for learning:
After George and I had been talking for an hour and a half or so, a complete stranger walked up to us and said,
Excuse me, I'm not trying to eavesdrop, but I couldn't help but overhear what you were talking about. I just want to tell you that I really appreciate how seriously you take teaching. We need to have more dedicated teachers in schools and I wanted to say thank you for all the hard work you put in.
If you're in a similar place today or this week, I hope you can take encouragement from this. We're doing important work, and we can't afford to forget what's at stake.