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Garner teacher writes a how-to manual

Lance Bledsoe, a math teacher at Garner Magnet High, records one of his lectures on his camera.
Lance Bledsoe, a math teacher at Garner Magnet High, records one of his lectures on his camera. jalexander@newsobserver.com

Lance Bledsoe recently wrote a book that teaches teachers how to flip a classroom.

Then he teaches them to flip it again.

It’s called “Flip your classroom, then flip it again: How to implement one simple tweak to radically improve your teaching (And your life).”

The classroom flipping concept is a form of blended learning in which students learn content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and homework is done in class with teachers and students discussing and solving questions.

However, Bledsoe, a math teacher at Garner Magnet High, said he found that many students were not watching the video lectures at home, and therefore were not prepared for the work.

So, he showed the videos in class. Bledsoe’s book teaches teachers and aspiring teachers a step-by-step process of flipping the classroom and modifying that.

Bledsoe has brought his modified style of flipping the classroom to his own classroom for the past three years.

Trying to teach a tough subject-matter and maintaining order to a group of teenagers can be difficult to juggle at times, he said.

But flipping the classroom, then flipping it again allows the teacher to persevere through the challenges.

“I’ve got my video-self who is delivering the lecture, and then I’m available if I’ve got any discipline or classroom management issues that come up or sometimes a kid has a question during the video and I can address that without having to stop and interrupt the rest of the class to do that,” Bledsoe said. “It provides me with a lot more time.”

Bledsoe said one of his goals was to minimize lecture time, which he was able to accomplish by showing the videos in class.

“It provides me a lot more time in my classrooom to do more active type things,” he said. “And as a teacher it is just much less exhausting. Because I already have my lectures on video, now I have time that I can reflect on my teaching.”

Bledsoe attended a presentation taught by Lodge McCammon, a former N.C. State professor and researcher, a few years ago that explained the flip the classroom model.

McCammon, who contracts independently now, said the research shows that the method works.

“Part of the research says if you take live information and film it, put it on video, it’s going to be 60 to 80 percent shorter than them standing and delivering it to the classroom,” he said.

McCammon said he read the book and thinks it will be beneficial to many teachers who haven’t had much success with the flip the classroom model.

“How he approaches delivering this kind of information or delievering this concept is almost like an instruction manual,” McCammon said. “He breaks it down and provides the steps he took to make this work. Which I think is a helpful resource for helping teachers.”

The book is available on Amazon as an e-book and as a PDF on Paypal for $3.99.

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