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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 11 2013: Let me suggest one method of the "flipped learning" from the viewpoint of the students, as well as the teachers.
    The most important thing for self learning is the induction of creativity and the enthusiasm of the students in learning. Whatever it is from the students' self motivation or the teachers' encouragement or inducement. I believe that we should alter the format of presenting the teaching material and the following discussion and "homework" as follows:
    The teacher should give the material for the next class before the conclusion of the preceding class, and ask the students to study the materials, be it as a video or lesson on paper or on computer media, at home before the next class. Ask the students to study it and treat this as a homework. In the next class, the teacher should answer questions concerning the pre-assigned teaching materials. Then a discussion mainly led by the students will follow; to expand the meaning of the topics or offer some practical use or analogy for the materials just presented. Finally a short "open book" written test will be done in class for all students. This answer sheet will be treated as the homework for the evaluation of what a student has learned from the lesson. This setup would encourage self learning as well as evaluate how the student has learned without any private help from their parents or siblings. During this in-class test, occasional hint can be given by the teachers as long as not a straight answer to the questions asked.
    If you think that my suggestion is worthwhile to be pursued, I will be glad to answer any questions here or through email communication.
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      Sep 13 2013: Hi Mr.Bart ,

      I couldn't agree more that self learning is the induction of creativity. Because when learning is carried out by self-initiative, it becomes more relevant and meaningful for a person. Or as Daniel Pink would put it as being intrinsically motivated by their autonomy.

      We did that in our physics class, except we are given notes on paper since it takes time for the teachers to prepare the video lectures. A number of students don't like the idea due to the fact that many students are used to having teachers teaching in front. So I made agreement with a friend of mine to start an education department in LEO club so that we can start collecting//making video resources for CIE A levels (edexcel for maths) and IGCSE subjects.

      I would love to receive an advice from you on making this possible. So I hope you would write it an email :)

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