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In the video, you'll take note that amongst sharing in the day-to-day experiences with the people of Kufunda, Lucy also spent some time facilitating mathematical experiences--experiences for a people incredibly eager to learn (despite living under challenging circumstances).
The video inspired me to inquire further about what advice Lucy could offer us--teachers, parents and students--here in Canada.
Following the twitter chat, and along with the various discussions that I have had with colleagues over the last couple of years, I started making connections to my own beliefs regarding a flipped model of learning.
To make flipped learning a truly "successful endeavour" we need to continually focus our attention and energy on building respectful and caring relationships with our students, colleagues and parents. And in order to do so through flipped learning videos, we need to ensure that our students know that the video was created with them in mind by 'us'--it is 'us' that we are inviting them to connect with. Thus, by creating your own videos and adding in your own humour, anecdotes (the 'what' in what makes you, 'you') alongside content, I believe we personalize the virtual act of teaching/learning. Personalized flipped videos are but one way to ensure that the component of flipped learning--that which students experience outside of the classroom--remains as personally engaging as that which occurs in the classroom.
In closing, what is your heart telling you about the flipped learning experiences we structure for our students? I look forward to your comments.
Looking ahead for Flipping the Focus, I will continue wondering about how I will endeavour to share my personality with you (beyond this blog)--even though we have not yet met :)
Collegially and Sincerely Yours,
Chris Stewart, OCT