Some interestings to note:
1. I do like "lecturing". I like being up in front and being active, moving, teaching all over the class, and being that "sage on the stage". (Just because I like it doesn't mean it's the best way!)
2. I feel like I "scored points" with some of the students who still don't like the flipped classroom because they got their "one day of traditional" and were really happy.
3. I did have two students in particular say that they "liked today's lesson better than the flipped classroom".
Here is student #1
This is one of my A/B students. All period this student sat lazily back in his chair. I don't think I saw him actually looking at me the entire period. He looked like he was spacing out and not paying attention. When I gave them about 10-15 minutes at the end of class to try some problems in their groups, I went over to him and asked how he was doing today, if everything was alright. He replied "Oh, I'm doing great! This lesson was so much better than a flipped classroom one." I said, "It looked like you weren't doing anything; it looked like you were just spacing out all period." He replied, "Oh, no, look at my notes! I copied all of the examples down! Look how neat it is!"
This is a student who just doesn't get it yet (hopefully).
- He liked the lesson today because he had "permission" to sit there and do nothing.
- To sit there and passively receive information.
- To sit there and blindly copy down me doing the math.
- To not really have to think or to do math himself.
- To not have to talk, discuss, and make connections with material.
He was satisfied with mediocre passivity.
- How many of our students are like that?
- How many of our students think that the passive consumption of knowledge the sole bane of their educational existence?
And the big question:
- How do we get those students to realize and understand that is NOT true?
- How do we get those students to WANT that deeper knowledge and understanding; to see those connections and reasons and purposes, and to NOT just be satisfied with "pretty good"?
I feel like I am beginning to see answers to those questions with some of my students, but there are still several left like Student #1 who are smart, bright, and really have amazing futures ahead of them - but yet I feel they are going to make it to the real world and realize that "playing school" has gotten them nowhere.