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Open letter to teachers - I need help in implementing the flipped learning

Paraphrasing Sir Ken Robinson on one of his talk in RSA "At the heart of education is teaching and learning" , change in education has to be bottom-up. I believe if we want better education , we need to focus more on the process of "teaching and learning" , which is the reason why students and teachers must be actively involved in education reform.

Since early this year , I've been working on implementing the flipped learning from the grass-root level as a student. This project led me to writing an open letter to teachers (http://faizulzuraimi.blogspot.com/2013/05/an-open-letter-to-teachers-my-name-is.html), delivered a speech in TEDxKL audition ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPPfL1fP0Sg) and started my own social enterprise (https://www.facebook.com/voicesofglobalstudents)

The reason why I'm still working on this is that the principal and the deputy principal in my school are also very keen on this project. However , after having an appointment with the principal , I was told that some teachers may see this approach as "Americanism" and some may see it as an assumption that they haven't done anything as a teacher so far. It's becoming evident that what we need is a dialogue with the teachers.

Given the fact that I haven't got any experience on flipping a class, I'm looking for teachers(especially those who have tried flipping their classroom) to have a dialogue with a group of teachers in my school who may be interested. You may contact me through my email address and I can direct you to the principal or deputy principal in my school. Implementing the flipped learning wouldn't be possible without your participation, as this is a very important missing part that needs to be pieced.

Do contact me on my email here : faizulzuraimi@gmail.com
and visit my blog at faizulzuraimi.blogspot.com


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    Sep 8 2013: Here is a site consisting entirely of teachers working on flipping their classrooms and using that vocabulary for it. http://flippedclassroom.org/

    There are subforums by subject, age of student, and so forth. You might want to look around the site to see if there are international members you might point to as evidence that it is not exclusively an American practice.
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      Sep 8 2013: Hi Mr.Fritzie ,

      Thanks for the link . However,I did post my concerns in the forum on the website , but I haven't got any responses yet, which is why I decided to find some alternative approach. Perhaps I should just wait , or continue searching for help
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        Sep 8 2013: Maybe the challenge you face in recruiting teachers to explain a particular pedagogy to your teachers is that teachers typically regard each other as professionals. Without knowing the choices of instructional technique teachers are using and the reason for those choices, most teachers would not presume to waltz in and to tell other teachers that some way is better than what they are doing.

        If teachers at your school asked for input, that would be different. I think this message is part of what your administrators were trying to convey to you when you approached them.

        If your administrators are actually interested, why would they not introduce this pegagogy to the teachers using TED-Ed materials online as examples, not to persuade the teachers to adopt this new strategy but to launch a discussion of what teachers think are the potential or issues in using these forms of instruction to meet the goals for students your teachers, school, or higher educational administration may have?

        Flipped learning, which is to say having students watch lectures at home, may be better than some ways of organizing student education but worse than other ways. Wouldn't it be in your administrators control to launch a broader discussion rather than trying to sell any one way of reaching students?
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          Sep 13 2013: Sorry for the late reply,

          I think that is a good suggestion to ask the school administrators to try out TED-Ed materials as examples and to launch a discussion on the flipped learning as opposed to the means of direct persuasion. I'll certainly put that into consideration.

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