Barbi Honeycutt, frequent Magna Publications contributor and owner of FLIP It Consulting out of Raleigh, is one of my favorite Flipped Classroom advocates. Her articles and presentations share effective strategies and activity ideas for both in and out of the classroom (many of which are low-technology solutions). If you have an interest in learning more about the flipped classroom, or if you are quickly becoming a seasoned flipped instructor, I encourage you to keep Barbi Honeycutt’s work on your radar! (barbihoneycutt.com/blog)
Below you will find a compilation of Dr. Honeycutt’s articles from a November Faculty Focus email in support of her new book Flipping the College Classroom: Practical Advice from Faculty. (Available on Amazon).
Faculty Focus: Resources for Flipping Your Classroom
Five Time-Saving Strategies for the Flipped Classroom
A few months ago, I heard a podcast by Michael Hyatt, a best-selling author and speaker who helps clients excel in their personal and professional lives. This particular podcast focused on how to “create margins” in life to reduce stress and avoid burnout. Quoting Dr. Richard Swenson’s work, Hyatt defines a margin as “the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. . . . Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion. . . . Margin is the opposite of overload.” (Read the article)
Managing In-Class Learning Experiences in Flipped Classrooms
In this ongoing series focused on flipped and active-learning classrooms, we’re taking a deeper look into how to create successful learning experiences for students. We’ve examined how to encourage students to complete pre-class work, how to hold students accountable for pre-class work, and how to connect pre-class work to in-class activities. Now let’s focus on the challenge of managing the in-person learning environment. (Read the article)
The Flipped Classroom Unplugged: Three Tech-Free Strategies for Engaging Students
“I don’t know if I’m creative enough to flip my class. How do you keep coming up with new teaching strategies and tools to engage students during class time?” In almost every workshop I teach, at least one participant asks me this question. And, the findings from the Faculty Focus reader survey highlight the scope of this concern among educators. Almost 79% of the survey respondents indicated that “being creative and developing new strategies and ideas” was sometimes, often, or always a challenge when implementing the flipped classroom model. (Read the article)
Three Focusing Activities to Engage Students in the First Five Minutes of Class
When I teach workshops about designing the flipped classroom, I always encourage faculty to think carefully about the first five minutes of class. In my lesson plan template, one of the first tasks we discuss when planning in-class time is to prepare what I call a “focusing activity.” A focusing activity is designed to immediately focus students’ attention as soon as they walk in (or log in) to the classroom. When used in conjunction with flipped and active learning classroom models, focusing activities allow you to minimize distractions, maintain momentum between pre-class and in-class activities, and maximize the amount of class time you have to engage students in learning. (Read the article)
Honeycutt, B. (2016). Flipping the College Classroom: Practical Advice from Faculty. Madison, WI: Magna Publications. ISBN: 978-0912150284. (Available on Amazon)
Dr. Honeycutt’s blog: barbihoneycutt.com/blog
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