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What can we do? - an open letter to teachers - promoting the flipped learning

As Sir Ken Robinson ended his talk with Benjamin Franklin's quote , "There are three sorts of people in the world: Those who are immovable, people who don't get, they don't want to get it, they're going to do anything about it. There are people who are movable, people who see the need for change and are prepared to listen to it. And there are people who move, people who make things happen."

Lets be the type of people who move. Instead of questioning "why has the education system not changed yet?" or " why didn't the government take any initiative to change?" , I believe we should act within our circle of influence. It is the question of "What can we do about it?" What can we do about our education system? How can we improve it as students, teachers or parents.

As a student myself, I've been working on promoting the flipped learning , as I believe it is one of the first steps in progressing ourselves for change. Here is an open letter to teachers out there, http://faizulzuraimi.blogspot.com/2013/05/an-open-letter-to-teachers-my-name-is.html

and do visit my blog as well: faizulzuraimi.blogspot.com

"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." as mentioned by John Dewey , one of the figures in Progressive Education Movement in the late 19th century.

Perhaps we too , can be one of those "movable people" .Perhaps there shall be a Digital Age of Progressive Education Movement. It all begins with one simple question , "what can we do?"

I would love to see your opinions :)

update (5.6.13) : http://faizulzuraimi.blogspot.com/2013/06/education-is-everyones-business-do.html


Closing Statement from Faizul Zuraimi

Thank you all to those who participated in this conversation and those who took the time to read and visit my blog. I've learned a lot from dialogues with you guys , the TED community, and I'm really glad that some of you sent me emails , articles and ebooks to help me in this cause. This is the first time I ever hosted a conversation on TED. Your comments and support are my inspiration and I'm looking forward to host another conversation in the near future, perhaps when I'm done with my exams. :)


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    May 12 2013: Are your teachers the type you think are most likely to respond if you present a formal letter with signatures, or do you think your teachers, who I assume from your proposal are using class time for lecture, might respond better if a group of you were to come in with a proposal in a less formal way?

    There is a certain formality to a letter that I think might be unnecessarily off-putting.

    In my relationship with my students, I would much sooner expect more personal forms of contact that included exploring why the teacher has chosen the pedagogies she has for the classroom rather than simply presenting a demand.

    Are most of your teachers lecturing at you? I ask this because at the k12 schools where I have taught or coached, lecture is atypical, only a very occasional practice, with most time spent on group work and explorations. These were all ordinary public schools in the US.

    I think the picture of classrooms as lecture-lecture-lecture is something of an out-of-date caricature of the status quo in the US. In which country do you live?

    Please share how it looks at your school specifically in your various subjects.
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      May 12 2013: I presented the idea by formal means. I approached the principal and deputy principal in my school first, fortunately they are open-minded and the deputy principal agreed to present the idea to the teacher himself. I believe this is the most effective way, since he has the authority. However , I think it's more to the question of convincing the teachers to use the flipped learning , as many of them have doubts about it since it is very "alien". I live in Malaysia , and many schools here still use the traditional style of teaching , where teachers broadcast lectures in class. You can read for further details here http://faizulzuraimi.blogspot.com/2013/05/an-open-letter-to-teachers-my-name-is.html .

      I study in a private college called Kolej Tuanku Jaafar , the class isn't that big , the student-teacher ratio is good , but I think what needs to be improved is student-teacher time ratio, through flipped learning. I also believe that there should be more collaborative work , more engagement and more interaction between the students and the teachers. Thanks a lot for inquiring :)
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        May 12 2013: Best of luck with your project. It sounds like your approaching the administrators has already met with very positive response!
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          May 13 2013: Thanks for your support :) i appreciate that

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