Flip This

I like to think of myself as a dedicated teacher.

I do.

I go in to school early, I stay late. I go in on Saturdays. I go in on storm days, I do extra-curriculars. I mark 5,000 essays a year and have yet to write “WTF” on any of them, tempting though it may be. I do plenty of professional development, and I am all over Literacy Supports and Accreditation and Outcomes Based Learning.

But.

It’s summertime, man!

I am lounging and writing and enjoying gin and tonics and going shark fishing with my Love. (We let the sharks go, oh my anxious animal-rights friends. Sharks have feelings too.)

I am not doing school.

School don’t get done in the summertime, man!

But.

I do browse, and surf the web for school-ish stuff in between the mixing of the G & T and the sharpening of the gaff. (No. Really. We let them go. There was no gaff. I just put that in there in hope some Fifty Shades-obsessed reader finds the word ‘gaff’ titillating. You never know. Apparently writing now has to be borderline pornographic to entice readers. The sharks were all screwing like mink. Have I grabbed your interest yet?) In this very limited surfing and browsing of school-ish stuff I have stumbled… twice… upon the topic of ‘flipping’.

If I, in my Zen-like meditation of all things summer, have TWICE encountered the concept of a flipped classroom, then it must be a big deal. I have also encountered a video of a man trying to eat tomatoes through a spinning fan and a walrus exercising to La Bamba. But only once each.

Flipped Classroom? Twice.

Bigger than dancing walrus. Bigger than idiot tomatophile.

The general concept is that homework and instruction change places. Instruction, traditionally, takes place in the classroom. In the ‘flipped’ model, the instruction takes place at home via video and internet on-line connection, then the homework practice takes place in the classroom. The benefit of these video lessons is that the student can pause, rewind, and replay the lesson whenever they want, so they can totally absorb the information, as opposed to hearing it once from a lecturing teacher and then being sent home to do the homework with no way to refresh the information. Homework is done in class with the teacher as a resource, helping and supporting the kids who have already had the lesson downloaded into their brains via video links.

Ahem.

So… the kids who watch the videos and are motivated enough to pay attention while they are also playing World of Warcraft and texting their best friend because that ho in Bio class totally flirted with her boyfriend and just like, totally pissed me off, and can you believe what that be-otch was wearing? O.. MG. It was like, skank city… and facebooking, tweeting, bbm-ing… but yeah, watching school videos about algorithms and polynomials and then, twitching with knowledge, they come to school for help putting it all into practice while the teacher mingles, beaming and dressed in designer clothes with perfect makeup and no indigestion or menstrual cramps or stress over a bad parent meeting the day before… the teacher drifts benignly amongst her thriving colony of learners, and everyone is engaged and motivated and mastering knowledge at the speed of sound.

Did I mention that they offer badges and levels and video-game-esque enticements to get the wee drones to engage? Gold stars are blasé. Merit badges for conquering ten levels of math are all the rage.

It all sounds great, it really does. I know this is the wave of the future. Perhaps not in my teaching lifetime, but certainly in the next twenty to thirty years I do believe we will see a decline of the physically present teacher and a rise of video, computer generated pedagogues.

For kids destined for MIT, this sounds super awesome.

But what about Tyler? Tyler eats erasers. And what about Brittany? Brittany cuts herself in the cafeteria at noon time because her boyfriend broke up with her and she hates her friends. What about Steven? Steven can’t remember the main character in the novel but he can build a working motor from scratch. What about Tanya? Tanya was sick to her stomach every time she walked into the school until she found a classroom that welcomed her and gave her a safe place to hang out.

And what about me? Do I now have to convert my lessons to video, and learn how to entice young people to read as a remote voice on a screen, when it is already hard enough getting them to crack a book when I am looming over their desks. Maybe the flipped classroom works for math or physics, where the formulas are the same, and the processes remain static… I’m betting that balancing equations hasn’t changed much since I was in high school, but literature sure has. Compare ‘Sons and Lovers’ with ‘Fifty Shades’… yeah, a wee bit o’ difference. So does every teacher design their own videos, script, film, edit, upload, for every novel, every year? Wow. I’d really much rather just talk to the kids.

Or show them dancing walrus videos.

I hate to be a downer, and I realize that my perspective is from small-town Nova Scotia, from a very small school, and there is a whole world of experience out there that I am not privy to. But I miss spelling bees. And cursive writing. And the strap.

Oh… sorry… wrong blog post… I’m still in Fifty Shades of something…

I am curious about the Flipping I’m learning about, and I hope that in September I will take it more seriously. But it’s August, man. In August, I have pleasant fantasies about my new classes sitting in delighted wonder as I educate them about the differences between ‘except’ and ‘accept’. ‘Affect’ and ‘effect’. ‘Porn’ and ‘descriptive narrative’.

No?

I’m not allowed to talk about porn?

Ok.

We’ll stick with the walrus.

And yeah, I suppose if kids will take the time to watch the guy eat a tomato through a moving fan, they will take the time to watch a polynomial video. I wonder which one they will remember best?

Check out this link, for a TED talk on the structure of the flipped classroom:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html

115 thoughts on “Flip This

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  1. Excellent blog post, Libby, again. We unschool, so my kids already do this, only… not, but then we’re weird and flip things, then turn them wrong-side out, and involve chickens and mud, and things that are messy, and never clean-up behind ourselves and never test and never follow a curriculum, (or rarely,) and the neighbors point and whisper behind their hands, “look at that weird family. Poor children. They’ll grow up ignorant and never master advanced calculus,” and… they might be right.

  2. Exactly Libby!!! Been in education for over 25 years. What a total joke! I too posted about this so called flipping junk. Really, I will just flip people off when they start sharing this sort of concept. If every teacher and education leader focused on great teaching strategies and getting to know the unique qualities of their students, our classrooms would not need new names or gimmicks to engage today’s kids. Personalize learning through creative instructional strategies and student centered learning tasks! Great post thanks!

  3. The concept of flipping sounds great, in households with parents who are together enough to be involved enough to motivate their kids to actually watch and pay attention, the same kids with parents who are already taking a large, and essential, role in their kids’ education. What about the kids who lack that kind of parental support.

    I’m a highly motivated adult learner, with a hard drive just about bursting with downloaded mp3s and videos that I know are going to help me in my career and even I have trouble making the time to sit and concentrate on them.

    LOVE your writing!

  4. I always thought that the idea behind Flipped Classrooms is to engage with and talk to your students MORE not LESS. I also believe that Flipped Classrooms are not primarily about the videos. It’s about the quality time with my students the videos free up in class. It’s about making education more flexible and more adapted to students, from eraser eaters to future Nobel Prize winners.

    But what do I know? I haven’t even tested this way of teaching…yet. 🙂 but I refuse to reject this possibility with arguments that seems awfully close to “kids dont care about their education anyway, so why bother”

    Sorry if I made any mistakes, since English is not my first language.

    P.S. I also dont miss cursive writing 🙂

  5. Bit of a misreading here. Aren’t lit classes already somewhat flipped? Students read books at home and (at least in Honors/AP classes), discuss in class. The lit class has, for the most part, been flipped for years.

    1. Yes Derek. I teach Advanced Eng 11, and there is much more onus on the kids to be prepped before class than there is in my foundations classes. The comment above from purav.patel agrees with you. I hadnt thought of it that way, sometimes I get squirrelly when the emphasis seems to be more on technology than just on good old fashioned teaching and student accountability. Flipped doesnt have to frighten the technologically unsound! Thank you both for your comments 🙂

  6. Bit of a misreading here. Lit classes are already flipped (at least in advanced courses in high school). Students read at home and discuss in class.

    1. That’s a common misconception, but not accurate. Discussion in class is not individualized instruction which is a keep component of a flipped classroom.

  7. Even us Math geeks are not all that keen. You cannot ask the video a question or get it to explain in a different way how to solve that Polynomial or more importantly when you might want to, why it works how it can be applied in a new situation…….. Learning is an individual pursuit and the idea that repeatedly watching a video and pausing it makes the “instruction” differentiated is not something I can make sense of.

    1. I feel your pain 🙂 But I do like the idea that students can watch the instruction again after the lesson. I know I zone out after ten minutes of doing the same thing… oh look, a hummingbird…

  8. Libby,
    I just wanted to write a short response, as a flipped teacher, to some of your thoughts. You are not alone in some of your reservations. But, have you gotten in touch with some teachers that are flipping their learning processes? My class (science) isn’t static from year to year. I adapt what I record (and that’s if I choose to record) based on what the needs are for my kids.

    The Sal Khan approach to “flipping” is skewed and misrepresented. The media has grabbed on to it and distorted our goals…plain and simple.

    I wrote a post back in May rebutting some of these misconceptions. I’d appreciate your thoughts.
    http://www.brianbennett.org/blog/redesigning-learning-in-a-flipped-classroom/

    1. Thanks Brian, I’ll check it out! I hadnt even heard of flipped classrooms until this month, so I dont think its something that is making a great buzz in my neck of the woods yet.

  9. Hey I really enjoyed your post! Hilarious but also educating. I’ve never heard of the flipped classroom. I teach elementary so it must just not be as common. I’ll be checking out the TED Talks you posted, thanks! And thanks for getting my mind back into teaching, albeit for 10 minutes. Nothing has been able to do that yet this summer 🙂

    If you want to hear some stories from the lower end, check out my blog at http://www.schooledbya5yeardold.wordpress.com

  10. Love it! I am going to follow your blog so I can get a much needed chuckle now and then!

    SInce my role in my school district is that of a teacher leader for technology and 21st century skills, I was recruited to teach middle school teachers about flipped classrooms, and to get them to do planning for fall that includes this relatively new practice. DId I mention it was In June? After the “last” day of school? On five additional in-service days, three of them “voluntary?” It was hot and sunny outside with temperatures reaching way above average for Northern New England. Fortunately, for me, tomatoes had not yet had time to grow beyond the blossom stage, and for sure there were no rotten ones on the vines. And, the teachers did delve into the work, not necessarily with the vim and vigor they would have after a week at the ocean, but with interest and compliance, and the recognition that work done then would save them work outside of school in the fall. In spite of the welcoming nature of the teachers, it wasn’t easy for me to try to sell the Flipped Classroom concept when, even though I have spent 40 years in education, 27 of them inside math and computer classrooms, I have had no actual experience “flipping” my classroom. In theory, it doesn’t sound all that bad. So, I shared the theory. And, I shared videos of teachers who have flipped their classroom successfully, albeit in schools that appear to be loaded with kids headed for Harvard or MIT. In practice? Well, we’ll see in the fall!

    1. Wow! You’re my hero! I had no idea about the Flipped Classroom, so I’m kind of surprised that its already a fact for some teachers. Interesting. It’s very exciting, but like all new things it comes with a nervy, twitchy silver lining. I’m only just mastering my cell phone for heavens sake! My kids still have to help me with all those crazy icons! 🙂

      1. I just got my first smart phone a few weeks ago and keeping up with all the new technology is mind-boggling, but I do love what I do. I think the biggest fear on the part of teachers is that flipping classrooms will replace them. I have no fear that will happen for a variety of reasons that I won’t go into here. And, I can definitely see benefits of having students prepared prior to coming to class. I do a bit of flipping with the summer PD I do with teachers. My teaching partner and I have several “up front” assignments for teachers to do prior to meeting face to face to learn about technology integration. We assign reading, surveys, forum discussions and ask them to think about a project ahead of time so they can come into class ready to do hands on technology activities. For the most part, they comply, but, after all, they are teachers! Interestingly, a few of our teachers did almost none of the up front work this year and it was tricky finding assignments for them to make up the work without making more work for us. They, too, turned out to be the ones holding up the rest of class with questions that would have been answered had they done their work. I assume that is probably the biggest problem teachers will face when trying to flip their classrooms.

      2. Interesting isnt it? I also find when I do a presentation for fellow teachers they are way more chatty and distracted than my students! It’s the kids who arent going to buy in that are the concern, whether youre stunning them with video marvels or waving a paperback in their face… or a slate and chalk! Just because we have better toys doesnt mean that everyone is going to want to play! Thanks for this 🙂

    1. Thank you. Yes to the misconceptions… I have a learning curve twisting ahead of me, apparently with a video camera and one of those cool digital pen thingys at the end of it! Thanks for the link!

  11. Really compelling article (and funny too!). While I like the idea of kids being able to rewind and review content on their own time, giving them an early sense of freedom and responsibility, you make a great point in that not all kids learn the same way. And, unfortunately, not all kids’ parents will be there to help them. I think the video idea is great as a resource if students are having trouble with a certain topic, but I don’t think they are a replacement for teachers who can adapt to the different needs of students.

    1. I agree, just like being able to use a keyboard isnt a replacement for using a pencil, or a calculator a replacement for mental math, or iced tea a replacement for gin and tonic. And, our students are SO diverse, we still will have to find multiple ways to connect with them, even when we colonize Mars! 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

      1. So very true! I used to work in a library and once had a middle-school-aged girl come in with her mother looking for a reference book. The little girl just could not understand why her teacher had mandated that the project require at least one physical book as a resource when she could just as easily get the same information on the Internet. I told her that he was actually helping her out and she gave me a funny look. Research skills (ie digging into the archives of a library and using databases) seem to be going the way of the dodo bird, much like mental math and writing longhand. But I’m glad there are still people that recognize the value of these seemingly obsolete skills 🙂

      2. I had a conversation recently with a second year university student who had never been to the university library. I lived there when I was studying. The world is changing, and we need to roll with it… but at what expense? As a teacher with another fifteen years ahead in the classroom, I want to find a way to merge the old with the new. Can I do videos all in cursive, on micro-fiche? And throw in a few Shakespearean terms at the same time? 🙂

      3. Ay, there’s the rub! Technology is certainly a good thing, but where is the balance between using technology and having it replace time-tested research skills? Certainly a debate that will continue for some time!

  12. Hi Libby. I enjoyed your post very much. I don’t think video or anything online could take the place of a good teacher, or a personal relationship between a teacher and a student. A wonderful teacher can make all the difference is someone’s life. I doubt that a video could ever have that effect. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer! My kids start school in 8 days. 🙂

    1. Oh the poor darlings! We start in September, but the back-to-school commercials are already on tv! My kids never looked as happy to go back as those commercial kids do… they never looked as clean either! Enjoy the last few summer days with your babies 🙂

  13. I believe the idea of incorporating video lectures for use outside of the classroom to reinforce lessons would alleviate the pressure to take frenzied notes, allowing students to fully engage with the material. I cannot help but wonder at how application of this resource would impact families unable to afford a computer/homeless students. This concept is new to me, thanks for sharing.

    1. Good point! We sometimes make the assumption that all of our kids have access to all the toys, but I have kids in class who dont have cell phones, and dont have computers at home. I’m sure there are lots of other considerations as well, including home life and kids who have to work and go to school. I think its always a good thing to challenge our assumptions about the realities of their lives, and their connectivity. Thanks for this.

  14. Love to hear that you are enjoying your summer!!! You HAVE to take time for YOU – to replenish all that you give of yourself to the students during the year. I am madly in love with TEACHERS. I have five children and have been blessed with so many wonderful teachers who have nurtured my children along the way. Thank you!

  15. The teaching brain never quite stops! In May an idea for my classroom NEXT September came to me. Still get excited thinking about it. Fabo post, very fun. 😀

  16. Great idea! Your summer activities, I mean. The flippy thing–come on. My students cannot maintain focus on an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy (remember him?), let alone absorb a lesson on the computer. Clearly, many actual teachers were consulted. . .

  17. If you’d wear something sexy, you could even teach me the difference between effect and affect.

    But seriously, it’s great to hear from a real teacher that’s not ashamed to admit she doesn’t work during the summer. And if you can engage the minds of ADHD adults – aka, bloggers – then I’m sure you’re doing a fine job with the Canadian Kiddos.

    Now, will you have that strap during our lessons . . . ?

    1. Did I mention that my love eats raw wild animal parts, hunts in extreme winter conditions on the ocean, and catches sharks with his bare hands? I don’t think you would like the effect your request would have on his affect. 😉

  18. A really good read with serious and funny sharing the same lines. Don’t know about the flipping thing, I’m a parent not a teacher; however we all know some things are good in theory but not in practice. The points you highlighted are important and cannot be overlooked. I recently re-read Sons and Lovers and I like cursive, just not good in practice. Bruce

      1. Your very welcome and quick off the mark. Must be all that essay marking. A bit more trivia then for you, knowing you know about Vegemite. Last week I went to the library with my 16 yr old daughter (still at school, just) and borrowed Lady Chatterleys Lover, haven’t read it since school days. I told my daughter generally (obscurely), it’s content. She then told me of reading pages at school belonging to Fifty Shades of Grey. She thought it was boring. Should I worry?

  19. Not sure what the fit is about, unless its your jobs(join the rest of the population) your worried about. In my experience of raising 3 children to adulthood, most, almost every teacher my kids had, expected me to teach and monitor and read and have them ready to test for school. when they needed extra attention (teaching) I was told they couldn’t provide that and I should think about hiring a tutor. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with me being the one to teach my kids and make sure they get a good solid start in life. But it just makes this flipping thing seem like a great Idea. The kids would ALL be getting one on one teaching. And its already the parents responsibility to monitor your child’s learning, And It will be that much easier to do just that. Like to hear it or not there is a huge amount of teachers out there that should not even be in that line of work. If children wore hidden cameras and mikes, I think most would be very surprised at what goes on or lack of what goes on in many classrooms. I made a huge mistake of letting the school push one of my twins into “special ed” just because he couldn’t grasp the concept of reading. They told me it would be best for him. (and get them the financing they needed) Well once he was placed there, he got no help with anything. nobody helped him to learn to read all through high school.. Sad isn’t it. Yes I failed as his parent for trusting the school. And the school failed him along with ALL his teachers. Something similar was about to happen to my grandson because his speech was a little behind. Thank god I had my daughter take him outside the school system to have him evaluated because it turns out…He is a gifted 4 year old that has a first grade reading level. The evaluation the school gave him that they based their decision on to put him in special ed was a 10 minute screening of asking him to preform for them to see how he took orders. What a freaking joke. I know there are good teachers out there but I have no faith in today’s school systems. I think the flipping thing can go hand in hand with home schooling and its a fantastic thing.

    1. Thank you Linda, for your honest perspective. Sadly, there are often difficult experiences that need to be heard in order to remind us to do the right thing. I hope you have better experiences in the future!

  20. As the parent of two elementary school aged kids, I am annoyed that the school expects my kids to do extra work at home after they’ve already been at school for seven hours a day five days a week. Maybe the flipped classroom won’t apply to elementary school learners, but for Pete’s sake, give my kid some free time already! Why isn’t seven hours a day five days a week enough time for educators to do their thing? Why must there be homework and instructional videos to complete at home also? I say Enough Already!
    Nice blog post, by the way, and congrats on making Freshly Pressed. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I dont know, really, how to respond to your comments. As a parent of four, or as an educator? Yes, Homework sucks. But yes, the curriculum is demanding. We all seek a balance. It’s a tough one, for sure! Thanks for your comment, it is yet another aspect of an interesting discussion!

  21. As a professor of Chemistry, I just love your flippant dismissal of the difficulties involved in the teaching of math and science. This “flipping” idea sounds as though it would be even more disastrous there than in the teaching of literature.

    1. My father was a chemisty professor. The day I came home with an F in grade four math was a grave moment in our household! I apologize if I have offended… the war between the arts and sciences rages on! I have no doubt that your stresses equal mine, in a plethora of areas. Plethora. Nice word, eh? And area? I do believe that is a math thing. See, we can find common ground! Seriously though, I appreciate your challenges, my blogs are just rambles… please continue balancing formulas at will! 🙂

  22. Judging by your witty writing, I’m guessing you could compete with student attention if you decided to flip your classroom:) As a fellow educator, I see pros and cons to the approach, but I rarely lecture as an English teacher, and to be honest, don’t think simply placing a bunch of videos of me talking online is going to dramatically impact anything but the amount of time I spend lesson planning!

    1. I’m ugly and wrinkled and have warts. Who’s gonna want to rewind that? I totally agree… lesson planning rules! I just wish I could match my planning to their interests! Filming my planning? Hmmm… me… scrunched over the computer… pondering outcomes… not very interesting!

  23. The flipped classroom is definitely something that intrigues me, but disregarding everything else, I don’t understand how it works time-wise. If a student has 5 classes a day and each teacher teaches for an average of 20-30 minutes, that’s ~1.5-2.5 hours a night watching videos. Is any student going to do that?

    1. Good question, requiring more research. Or more summer. Something. I take these new ideas one step at a time, and I think the first step is discussing the process with the kids. What do they think? I plan to start my September with some frank discussion about what they think, and we will build the process from there. Or maybe just some Frank Sinatra. WAY better than Lady Gaga! 🙂

      1. More summer definitely!! Haha. I love your idea of asking the kids what they think. We do that too seldom!! Give them agency in their learning and they will be more motivated, perhaps?

  24. WOW you so hit the nail on the head! I’ve seen 5 teenage girls walk into a restaurant together, sit down at the table and proceed to text, never once looking up at one another or saying anything to one another until their food showed up. I’ve seen people walk right off the sidewalk curb landing on their face because they were to busy looking down at their iphone to even pay attention to where they were walking. Funny thing they more pissed that they broke their phone in the fall than the blood that was running out of their chin. We live in an era of smart phones and stupid people. I wish you the very best of luck in trying to get this generation to join the real world. I invite you to check out my latest e-book entitled “A Fly On the Wall, A Bartender’s Perspective”. It’s a collection of short stories that I’m pretty sure you would enjoy. Thanks for the blog, great job. http://secretsofabartender.wordpress.com/

    1. Thank you, I love your line about smart phones and stupid people! But I’m an educator, so I cant use that word! I will definitely check out your book… my daughter was a bartender. What a great title!

  25. Libby, I am a teacher too (don’t be deceived by my gravatar image – there is a story behind that!). I teach “at risk” youth and LOVE it. There is no way they would learn what lessons my students need to learn without a real live person to teach it. It’s like giving someone “remote distance” parents and expect them to be raised a healthy, well-balanced adults. It just won’t happen. The best learning is the interactive on-the-spot life lessons – NOT curriculum. Thanks for your wonderful post. Think I’m going to need to follow you! TTFN

      1. Ha – only in that I am not Captain Duff – I am his daughter Stacey. I began writing my Dad’s stories (hence the photo) as his ghost writer. Sadly only a couple months after I began FINALLY recording Dad’s stories – he passed away – and the stories since then have been my attempt to figure out my own voice and to find a balance between his and mine .. and my Mom’s. Story is brief – but poignant I hope.

  26. I don’t think instructional videos can replace traditional classroom instruction. There are some concepts that a teacher can explain better than a voice on a video.
    But having instructional videos does make education cheaper and more accessible. There’s no reason our classrooms should look like they’re from 1980. In fact, the only addition I see in classrooms today is the use of powerpoint. And even that is so one-dimensional that I think some teachers are better off writing on a chalkboard.
    I don’t think there’s one answer to this question of whether we must flip classrooms.
    That said, your post is well-written. Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed!

  27. Hello Libby,

    I, too, am a teacher and have been observing the ‘Flipped’ classroom model. I find your insights interesting as well as humorous. I work, specifically, in a special needs classroom and I can see many of the same problems you do with the flipped model for students who require extra assistance.

    The same thing goes for our regular students that don’t have the motivation or determination to succeed.In theory, society is providing the moral lessons and guidance needed to make each student responsible. Unfortunatly, after my years of teaching and working with kids, I can also see many of the same problems you do. There are a LOT of things out there in the home to distract a child from paying attention at any given time. Similarly, there are a LOT of things a student would rather be doing than watching a lesson on YouTube. Without parent involvement and interaction, what is the motivation for the student to bother? I know that many students will, out of a sense of obligation, commit to the course – at least as much as their attention span will allow. But there are also those students that aren’t bothering to work now; what will a ‘Flipped’ classroom do for them? I don’t honestly know that this system is for every child any more than the current one is.

    I know from experience that many colleges use this method of teaching for specialized courses. When I was tutoring at my college, the biggest problem that the students in these classrooms had was that they hadn’t payed attention to the lesson – even when they could replay it over and over. In fact, many reacted as though it was the first time they had seen the video when they came in to the tutoring center.

    Anyway, those are a few of my thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for your comments. I love hearing from other teachers about their perspectives. We lead, really, a very isolated life in our classrooms and it is very helpful to share ideas and experiences so we dont feel like we are the “only ones” dealing with challenging situations. There is no one blanket solution to educating our kids. Just like there is no one best iced coffee. Sorry… I just really want an iced coffee… I would be a terrible student… 🙂

  28. I’m not a teacher, so will leave that commentary to others, but I loved the walrus!

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  29. I think there is an assumption that kids are so addicted to their digital toys that moving their education to the digital world is just natural. My daughter, who will be starting 8th grade in two weeks, loves school. She loves being there and being in class with teachers who are interested in their subjects and their students. That’s what makes kids want to learn. Not some generic (or even personalized) video streaming through the abyss of the Internet.

    Thank you for this post!

    1. Oddly enough, I teach 8th grade. My students love my class. I get to talk to every one of them everyday. They get personalized lessons from me based on their needs. If they get something, no reason to do more of it or site and wait for others to catch up. If they don’t get something, I’m right there helping them with their specific need. There education hasn’t been moved to the digital world. Their education is in the classroom with me.

  30. Wow! What a writer you are! I am reading this at work while on some downtime, laughing out loud. Im getting looks. HA HA! Thanks for a wonderful insite on flipping!

    1. Buy my book! Yeah! What a great idea 🙂 Thanks so much. I had 5000 hits last week, and sold ONE book. You could be number two! I appreciate your comment, hope you enjoy the book 🙂

      1. Fantabulous read! I just want to excerpt and send to everybody. The scene in the bar – from pure joyful hilarity to despair – in one page. I work at a high school and am reminded what tough and tender soldiers teachers are. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! When is the next one coming???

      2. Oh, thank you very much! How lovely!
        Would you do me a huge favor and write a review on either the kobo or kindle page, wherever you bought it from? I hope making that request isnt bad etiquette, but I dont have any reviews on either site, and I need them if people are going to want to read my book. I really appreciate you, and your time! My second one is with the editor right now, hopefully out after Christmas sometime, and my third is flowing across the keyboard daily. Trying to get as much done as possible before school starts again! Thanks for your support and kind words 🙂

      3. No problem! Perhaps a little nudge as a signature link/encouragement on your post replies is in order. The folks here are clearly enamoured with your writing ? Are they missing the book tabs? Maybe we should send a copy and ask Sir Robinson for a review – he led me to your blog!

      4. Ahhh, Sir Robinson, how I long for thy wit and wisdom! I show his TED talks, and the RSA animate, to my classes and I jump up and down and say “Isnt that AWESOME?” and they heartily agree. In teen talk, “Uh, yuh, it’s a’aight” translates into hearty agreement. Thanks for the link suggestion, I didnt know I could do that. Quite newbie, I am! I dont think I have the balls to ask a knight for a review. He might smite me! 🙂

      5. You do know Sir Robinson tweeted your blog post? That’s how I found you.
        (by the way, when I bought the kindle book, I facebooked and tweeted the fact. They have an automated invitation to do so, so I did – I wouldn’t do that for just anyone!

      6. Isn’t that a hoot? I just tweeted him another block of drivel from earlier this summer. Maybe we will become friends and exchange humorous and witty banter about the education system over tea! Thanks again for your support! 🙂

  31. I teach high school English and see the challenges of keeping kids motivated to learn, particularly with no parental support. I know we have to do something to work with the technology natives, but this flipping just can’t be it. When you figure out the answer, let a girl know 🙂

  32. Wonderful blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo
    News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in
    Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Many thanks

    1. I have no idea! I’ve never even heard of Yahoo news. Whenever I post a new blog I add it to stumbleupon, so maybe that’s the connection. Best of luck with your blog and your program!

  33. Hello! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally
    got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from
    Porter Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the good work!

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