Thanks for a great way to keep it in mind! ]]>

As for the turnkey portion of your post, and title question, I find your perspective interesting. I’ve always approached instruction by putting relevance first to engage the class or audience. I guess I trusted the design of the rigor enough for the relevance to form organically. It would be a very interesting approach to try in a PD session. Thanks for the thought-provoking post. ]]>

I’ve rev logged Ross before, but seriously, the dude just slam dunks post after post. Fight the establishment, follow your heart, and keep to your mantra. KIDS FIRST. ]]>

I once refused to flip, especially in 2012, especially when I failed in flipping miserably. At that time, I promised not to subject myself to be seen by my students on video — it’s too much prep work and frustrating to execute… not to mention the awkward feeling of seeing and hearing yourself on video.

However, teaching 4 different math classes in 2014, with 2 AP math classes to teach, there’s no way I can take my students to passing the AP test in less than 50 minutes of class period each day. So I gave flipping a 2nd try to give my students a fighting chance to at least get a 3 on the AP test.

Based on my own experience, I am happy to say that I achieved my goal of using my flipped classroom to teach math not only to my college bound students but also to my algebra and precalculus students. My students still struggle, get frustrated, and feel defeated in my math classes, but now I have more time to be the expert in the classroom and have more time to show them ways on how math can be learned in school.

In response to what you mentioned on your post about showing students clunky Khan Academy videos, resulting to teaching students parrot math is what I can consider as one of the pitfalls of having a flipped classroom— if done improperly. I agree with jbormann about knowing what you need to know about flipped classroom before implementing it as your teaching pedagogy.

Is flipped classroom just a passing fad that’s already had its day? In my humble opinion, I think it will stay, with a few enhancements by educators who will choose this platform to help students in facilitating learning using multimedia technology.

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