In this episode, Dan shares with us his struggle with burnout and feeling ineffective as he tried to teach students who weren’t engaged and were going out of their way to ‘school’ him. He tells his Cinderella story of transformation as he realized his passion for Flipped Learning and how he’s turned from the sage on the stage to the guide on the side in his classroom.
Dan is a writer and editor for the Flipped Learning Review Magazine. I want to encourage you all to go and check out this online magazine because this month, the issue addresses teacher burnout. I think after hearing from Dan in today's podcast, you will not only hear his story, but you will hear his passion and his joy, and you will see how his work in the classroom, as well as writing for this magazine have had a huge impact on him as well as educators around the world. I have included a link to this month's issue of the magazine in the podcast description, so make sure to check that out here: flr.flgobal.org.
Dan's burnout story:
Students made a game of trying to upset him
Dan felt ineffective
Depression set in
Tried to quit teaching - principal said, “I won’t let you. Try something new.”
Found flipped learning
Dan's BURNED-IN story:
Dan's Tips for creating FLIPPED classrooms:
Think of your objectives and plan in Units
Plan backward with an Essential Question in mind that students should be able to answer at the end of the unit
Create a place to store all of your materials:
Build a rubric with:
Topics you’ll be covering
Students dive into research on their own
“Design Lab” where they’re working with peers and discussing what they learned the night before
Ask students, “Based on what you’re learning, what would be a really cool way that you can think of to represent what you’re learning.”
Benefits of FLIPPED learning: Having time for micro conversations and guide on the side
What did I learn from the previous night’s lesson
What are the big ideas to take away?
What questions do I still have?
“It wasn’t me trying to pull things out of them, it was more about what they want to invest in the class and their learning.”
flr.flglobal.org (FLR Magazine K-12 editor)
Flipped 3.0 Project Based Learning: An Insanely Simple Guide - How to Set Up a Flipped Learning Classroom
www.flippedtrainer.weebly.com - Dan’s Website
Amazon Author: http://bit.ly/ideasforteachers