Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What Would You Do Wednesday: Scenario 14

Each week we will bring you a short scenario to address issues that you, your colleagues and students might face. How would you respond to these scenarios? Would you file a report, or do something different? Talk to your colleagues about these situations - the classroom should be a safe learning environment for students AND instructors!


You’ve decided that you are going to do a “flipped class” this quarter. At the beginning of the term, you explain to students that you will provide both the reading material (both on Canvas and in the textbook as well as other sources), as well as practice problems based on those readings, and that they will be held responsible for reading and doing before coming to class each day. You tried this in a previous quarter, and after a bit of a rough start, you felt as though students settled into the rhythm. At the end of the quarter, there were more students with A’s than ever before! You share this with your students this quarter to impress upon them that even though it seems like more work for them, the results can be amazing – students learned more! For the first week of the new quarter, this strategy has gone well. Students seem to be more prepared and eager to engage. By the middle of the third week, some students are telling you that it takes too long and they have other classes! Halfway through the quarter, there is a group of students who clearly have not read the material, and they are demanding that you teach the material! What would you do?

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