Week 3: Which emerging pedagogy appeals most to you, and might be most useful for your classroom and students? Why?
The emerging pedagogy that appeals most to me is flipped classroom and MOOCs. I am not quite sure which one would be most useful for my classroom and students yet since I am still learning about them but they both sound very interesting and I would like to learn more about them.
According to The Teacher’s Guide To A Flip Classroom, “Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.”
A flip classroom gives teacher more opportunity to work with students. So a flip classroom is when students do some of the learning at home. It said teachers are encouraged to give student options. All students are different learning and some students will learn better reading a textbook than watching a video. Students don’t all learn at the same pace and in the same ways. With a flipped classroom if they are watching a video at home they can pause it, rewind it and listen to it again.
The only thing that I see that would be a problem is student’s that don’t have access to a computer at home. I have many of those students. I rarely give work outside of the class because of this. What I found is when I did the students didn’t have the assignment finished. They then have to finish it at school and therefore getting further behind from their classmates. I offer students to come in at lunch but only a few showed to do that.
What I see as an advantage is I think flip classrooms and MOOCs would be great for students that are independent learners. Students have a hunger for learning from the best scholars on the planet, and this would be a way to help them do that (Thompson, 2013).
MOOCs have been slow to take off in schools for students aged 11-18 in Florida, where Governor Rick Scott last year signed a law allowing high schools to offer MOOCs, pilots are underway in computer science, biology and math, among other subjects (Morrison, 2014).
This also would be a good solution to issues at middle school around tracking, and parents wanting their kids ready for accelerated classes in high school. This would give those students who want to be ready for advance classes in high school or if they are interested in a topic and want to know more about it. This would also help students who have fallen behind and need extra help in a subject or are trying to get credits to finish high school.
I still have much to learn about these and how I can implement them in my class. I do see a benefit with using them but I would need training first on how to use it in my class and how it would look. I know that it would help my students and I look forward to learning more about it and one day using it in my class.
The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms. (2015). Retrieved May 30, 2015, from http://www.edudemic.com/guides/flipped-classrooms-guide/
Thompson, G. (2013). Get Ready: MOOCs Are Coming to K-12 — THE Journal. Retrieved May 30, 2015, from http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/09/02/get-ready-moocs-are-coming-to-k-12.aspx
Morrison, N. (2014). The Future Of MOOCs in The Classroom. Retrieved May 31, 2015, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/nickmorrison/2014/06/25/the-future-of-moocs-in-the-11-18-classroom/