I remember someone telling  me that a toddler needs to sometimes try a food over a dozen times before they accept it as tasty.  I’d like to think my critical reasoning skills don’t require such repeated exposure to something new, but alas, no.  Like a screaming child facing a bowl of broccoli, I too put my nose up at the idea of a flipped classroom.

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For the past 13 months Jeff  Utecht has been putting this flipped classroom idea in front of me and I’ve conveniently determined why it wouldn’t work for me.

-What about all the powerful ways I engage my students during a lecture?

-What about my jazzy PPT files full of powerful and purposeful images?

-What about the fact that I teach adolescents?  Not the most self motivated population on the planet!


Well, I think I finally got it.  It was a real eye opener to watch Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams teach the phases of matter via a vodcast.  I teach that too!  Their video was perfect, scientifically speaking, and just right quality wise.  I could understand what they were saying and follow their annotations, yet it wasn’t a perfectly edited video.  Their efforts went into all the right areas.  Good, clear delivery of instruction.

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Intro to Chemistry: 1.1: Properties of Matter (1/2)

I think the difference for me was actually seeing the videos they produce for their students.  Viewing the product just made it all seems more clear. I’m not one to jump on a bandwagon and toss out my current bag of tricks, but watching these guys in action actually got me to understand the validity of what they were doing and begin to see it as a feasible addition to my classroom.

And hey, they’re pulling some serious coin for each “season”.  Well done!  I wonder if flipped Astronomy, my next unit, would be a big seller.  Hmmmmmm


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