Last week, I asked a professor about his experience training primary school teachers to flipped their math classes. I quoted him, “From my experience, the challenging factors depend mostly on a teacher’s willingness to try new things in the classroom. Like many other individuals, teachers can also be extremely resistant to change, but those that do embrace it tend to have more success.”
In deed, according to Carol Dweck, Standford university professor and author, people who embrace a growth mindset are more likely to be successful when they face challenges. People with growth mindset believe that talents and abilities can be developed through hard work, good strategy and mentoring.
Here are my suggestions to build growth mindset as a flipped educator:
- Taking the task of flipping our classes as challenges. You should tackle the challenges one by one as you slowly flip your classes lesson by lesson. Start with flipping one lesson, pause, evaluate, adjust, form new strategies, flip the next lesson.
- Don’t worry about making perfect videos. Most of the time, flipped instructors spend too much time making and editing videos then become unhappy as it takes too much time when the result is not as they expected. Keeping in mind that you are an amateurish video producer, and your students do not expect you to be a newsman. So just turn on the webcam and make a video of your lecture with free screen capture software such as QuickTime Player, and share it with your students.
- Try various tactics to encourage students to watch the videos at home and to participate in activities in class. You can even insert something funny or even silly in the videos and ask the students to find out the answers. For example, you tell your student that there is an irrelevant image in your video, and reward the first student who can identify the irrelevancy to you in class with a candy.
- Consult your peers. Chances are your peers may have struggle with the same problem and have found a quite good solution
- Co-produce the videos with your students. Students love it when they are put on the same level with by teachers. The feeling of being important to the teachers would drive them to learn more. Invite some of the students, even the bad ones, to participate into your lecture videos. These students can even co-lecture with you in the videos as well. Enjoy the experience and the smile of pride and happiness of your students as they see themselves doing the job of teachers in the videos
- Celebrate each time you complete a lesson with flipped learning with your peers and students. Each step of implementing flipped learning is a challenge and is worthy of celebration
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