When it comes to reflecting on my teaching practice, I am my own biggest critic.
The importance of critical reflection and effective assessment and feedback for both students and teachers has been well documented. While there are many ways to deliver feedback, the compliment sandwich being a popular one, I like mine straight up. That’s why I found Jon Bergmann’s keynote at FlipCon Adelaide 2016 on the crucial mistakes people make in flipping the classroom particularly insightful.
Bergmann’s keynote revolved around twelve major mistakes people make when flipping the classroom – from making videos too long, to failing to make effective use of face-to-face time – and how to avoid these mistakes. As our Flipped Education Leaders’ Roundtable demonstrated late year, the flipped classroom has been around long enough now for practitioners to really advance the state of the art in incredible ways. At the same time new educators are continuing to take up and incorporate the practice into their teaching and learning and Bergmann’s talk is really valuable here as it gathers together years of reflection and insight into how the practice is being implemented across the world to parse out what to do and what not to do when flipping your classroom.
In turn, Bergmann’s talk offers an excellent guide about how to implement the flipped classroom effectively from day one without pulling any punches and will be useful for both the well initiated reflecting on current practice and those taking their first steps into the method and hoping to avoid trips.