Monday, December 21, 2015

Short Response to Flipping Classrooms

A short, possible response to the proponents of "flipping classrooms" (as though it were really a new or novel technique): Presumably we agree that students must do some kind of work outside the classroom. Then as the instructor, we might ask ourselves if we are more fulfilled by: (a) leading classroom discussions about the fundamental concepts of the discipline, or (b) serving as technicians to debug work on particular applications of those principles.

Personally, in my classes I do manage to include both aspects, but the time emphasis is more heavily on the former. If forced to pick either one or the other, then I would surely pick (a).


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