Sunday, April 29, 2012

Flipped Teaching as "Nexting?"

I was recently taken aback by an experience a colleague discussed with me regarding a conversation they had with staffers at the US Department of Education.  While in DC, they mentioned the flipped class model and asked for the Department's viewpoints.  Apparently, staffers responded with skepticism, actually referring to the practice as “nexting.”  What the heck is "nexting?"

 From what I gathered, they believe that flipped classes involve students accessing online modules (I suppose Kahn Academy or other variations), and simply click “next” once completed with the assignment.  This all occurs, according to them, with little to no actual guidance from the teacher.  My colleague could clearly see the disconnect between how I am applying the flipped model versus that described by these staffers.  

There is not enough time or space here to even begin refuting their preposterous characterization of flipped teaching.  Instead, this post is to alert those who are using or considering this model that there is a widespread misconception about flipping, apparently reaching all the way to the top.  I urge all teachers who have adopted the flipped model to do their best to educate others about the learning that is actually going on in their flipped classes.  

Below is a link to an excellent article written last fall attempting to combat these misconceptions.  Please forward it to those who you feel may be misinformed regarding the model.