I’m becoming more and more convinced that flipped classroom is not a ‘revolutionary’, ‘alternative’, pedagogical model which will only work with exceptionally passionate and gifted teachers. This is actually how teaching and learning should be conducted in the 21st century. It’s just that not all of us teachers have faced up to what students are like, and what the world needs, in today’s information society.
Master teacher Cheung Fai Shing hopes that flipped classroom will become the mainstream pedagogy in Taiwan in ten years’ time. I have the same wish for Hong Kong, so that one day, ‘to flip or not to flip’ is no longer an issue, just as today we need not emphasise that we’re adopting the communicative approach, because that has already become the paradigm methodology in second language teaching.
So, teachers, let’s embrace the change because we are professionals, and because we owe it to our students, who need to become self-directed learners in the 21st century.