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In Redux

By Elizabeth Wroten

Flipped Classroom

On 21, Jan 2013 | In Redux | By Elizabeth Wroten

So I know there is a lot of talk about the shift in how librarians connect their patrons with information. The cliche is that we used to be gatekeepers, but are now more like tour guides.

I also know that the flipped classroom (yes, this takes you to a Wikipedia article) model is gaining momentum in schools. In this shift the teacher moves from sage on the stage to guide on the side.

If you read my post last week about how my personal parental research has lead me to some changes in my professional approach to teaching, you may not be surprised to hear that I think these two movements are two sides of the same coin. Both teachers and librarians are moving toward working along side their students, interacting with them more instead of handing information and knowledge down from on high.

I for one am excited by this possibility. I think students are very capable of directing and being involved with their own learning and that interacting with their teachers in a more productive environment will only improve their learning and motivation. I also think these models work well for teaching adults since adult learning tends to be much more self-motivated and paced. I will be looking for ways to incorporate this model into my own teaching philosophy and practice.

For a good infographic and break down of arguments for and against the flipped classroom see this Forbes article.

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