Manage Your Time and Energy in Flipped Classrooms and Active Learning Environments
It's important to learn how to manage your time and energy when implementing flipped and active learning strategies to prevent burnout and feeling overwhelmed.
It takes time to research and plan effective learning experiences for your students. It also takes time to update resources and examples to integrate into the course content to make sure the information is up-to-date.
And, it takes time to practice and experiment with strategies as you move from being a "sage on the stage" to the ‘guide on the side’ in flipped and active learning classrooms. You have to learn how to let go of control, take risks, and manage many moving pieces. It’s exhilarating and exhausting at the same time.
Combine these tasks with all of your other responsibilities as a researcher, committee member, advisor, mentor, parent, etc., and you can see how easy it is to get overwhelmed.
This is why it’s important to identify the flippable moments in a course before you decide to FLIP. Once you know where to spend the time and energy, then you can create a plan and develop strategies so the flipped classroom becomes a place where both you AND your students are successful.
Here are 3 articles to help you manage your time and energy in flipped classrooms and active learning environments:
When you FLIP, the in-class experience changes. You are no longer the one who delivers all of the content in a well-designed and well-organized lecture. Your role changes. In this article, I share advice on how to manage this new dynamic and interactive learning environment without feeling too overwhelmed or feeling out of control.
For some faculty, the hardest part of teaching in flipped and active learning classrooms is letting go. You have to let go of some of the control to allow your students to experiment and create. In this article, I share strategies to help you practice letting go without losing control of your students or your classroom.
The fastest way to feel overwhelmed and burned out when teaching is to try to FLIP everything. Everything should not be flipped. In this article, I share three "flippable moments" or places where you should consider flipping it. If something works in your course the way you've already designed it, leave it alone. Focus your time and energy on the places in your course where new strategies are needed to engage students and improve learning.
Do you have advice or tips to share with educators who are learning how to implement flipped and active learning strategies without getting too overwhelmed? Share your ideas and resources in the comments below.