Classroom Management and the Flipped Class

Editor’s Note:This post was co-authored by Aaron Sams, CEO of Sams Learning Designs, LLC and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network.

Let’s face it. We teachers spend far too much time and energy trying to keep students quiet so that they can listen to us. We have taken countless courses and workshops on classroom management in our careers, and it seems that the underpinning goal of classroom management is for teachers to keep kids quiet so that they can learn. Is there a better way to think about classroom management?

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Challenges in Education: A Student’s-Eye View

Teacher and students bouncing a ball on a parachute

As many teachers know, the national discussion on education is overcrowded with opinions on teacher training, salaries, tenure, and unions — with occasional detours through iPads, textbooks, and national policy. In fact, it seems that we listen to every interested party except the one for whom education exists in the first place: students.

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