Which emerging pedagogy appeals most to you, and might be most useful for your classroom and students? Why?
After doing some research for this weeks question I have decided that both MOOCs and a partial flipped classroom could really benefit my students and my classroom.
In the video posted in the article by Greg Thompson, Scott Garrison says that MOOCs are applicable easily in classrooms for high achieving students. This statement immediately struck a chord with me because while I was teaching in Alaska something that I always felt guilty about was that I wasn’t able to reach my high performing students well enough. Most of my time was consumed with getting my low performing and high needs students to be successful. Setting up an already highly motivated and well performing students with a MOOC would be a great way to enrich the learning of that student. I also really like the idea of students having blended schedules, as shown in the article by Thompson, where a student might be taking three in person courses, two online courses and two MOOC courses. this type of learning style seems really flexible and adaptable to meet individual student needs best.
I also really like the idea of a flipped classroom, though most of the examples describe high school classrooms. I was wondering how this model would work for an elementary teacher. It would be challenging and time consuming to have to flip lessons for the 5 or 6 different subjects that elementary teachers teach. After some more research I learned that for elementary teachers are recommended to do flipped lessons rather than and entirely flipped classroom (Bergmann, 2012). Flipping individual lessons, and lessons that are part of a unit are the most recommended method, and just like with older students, teachers need to make sure they have figured out accessibility problems beforehand (Bergmann, 2012) If students don’t have access at home, a teacher could play the video as a station in class. One reason I really like this idea is because using a flipped classroom model helps improve engagement in students (Edudemic). As t teacher, the most challenging part of my instructional day is trying to do direct instruction. It is always a challenge to get my students to all listen, think and precess information all at the same time. So removing this obstacle from our day, and turing it into either a homework assignment or station activity would really eliminate a lot of behavioral difficulties I face each day. Also students who need to hear something again, or have something repeated could rewind and re-watch at their own discretion. It would improve the ability for my students to learn and process new information and for me to spend my classroom time more effectively and efficiently.
Bergmann, J. (2012, July 6). Flipping the elementary classroom. Retrieved June 1, 2015, from http://jonbergmann.com/flipping-the-elementary-classroom/
The teacher’s guide to flipped classrooms. (n.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2015, from http://www.edudemic.com/guides/flipped-classrooms-guide/
Thompson, G. (2013, September 5). Get Ready: MOOCs Are Coming to K-12 — THE Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2015, from http://thejournal.com/Articles/2013/09/02/Get-Ready-MOOCs-Are-Coming-to-K-12.aspx?Page=1