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So I began to reflect on what Professor Smith spoke about in the classroom, I think its one thing I have thought about numerous times and have not worked on, but here it is. . . where do we as future teachers begin to search for those connections.

Well first off I googled high school educational blogs, then I opened window after window, after window of all sorts of different websites and finally I found the The Edublog Awards website and then I clicked on a link under Best teacher blog called “In Search of Scientific Creativity”.  I knew this would be where I would start.

Todays trend in which students  are accustomed to utilize search engines like Google or Bing can certainly be helpful to a certain extent, but to most students it is simply a “answer engine”.  This new idea gives a new insight on how the world-wide-web can be more practical and effective strategy for both teaching and learning.  When I came across In Search Of Scientific Creativity blog by Frank LaBanca, Ed.D. just from reading the tittle I knew I hit the jackpot. After reading this section, I began to envision how I as a future biology teacher can use this view of “flipped classroom” to help my students become critical thinkers before I deliver my lesson the following day.

I believe this will set me in the right path as a teacher because in high school many students struggle to keep up with the material.  Especially subjects like Chemistry, Biology, and Math. The original video in this blog does not work, but if you watch the video below it explains “Flipped Classroom” more in depth.

Some extra bullet points to emphasize what a flipped classroom is and what its NOT. Taken from  LEARNING, INNOVATION & TECH BOMBS & BREAKTHROUGHS: The Flipped Class: Myths vs. Reality by by Jon Bergmann, Jerry Overmyer and Brett Wilie

The Flipped Classroom is NOT:

  • A synonym for online videos. When most people hear about the flipped class all they think about are the videos.  It is the the interaction and the meaningful learning activities that occur during the face-to-face time that is most important.
  • About replacing teachers with videos.
  • An online course.
  • Students working without structure.
  • Students spending the entire class staring at a computer screen.
  • Students working in isolation.

The Flipped Classroom IS:

  • A means to INCREASE interaction and personalized contact time between students and teachers.
  • An environment where students take responsibility for their own learning.
  • A classroom where the teacher is not the “sage on the stage”, but the “guide on the side”.
  • blending of direct instruction with constructivist learning.
  • A classroom where students who are absent due to illness or extra-curricular activities such as athletics or field-trips, don’t get left behind.
  • A class where content is permanently archived  for review or remediation.
  • A class where all students are engaged in their learning.
  • A place where all students can get a personalized education.