One of the hallmarks of a flipped classroom is that we now have more time for skill-building during the school day.
But what type of skills should we focus on?
We all can agree that some of those skills should be college-preparedness. But I’ve been out of college ten years – are the skills that students need now different from ten years ago? Is what I focus on in class really helping my students become more prepared?
To answer these questions I reached out to one of my favorite college professors, Dr. John McLarnon. In the interview, we talk about what skills students are lacking when they get to college, what skills have gotten better over the years, and when to bring a referee whistle to class.
Episode 2 – Skills Students Should Have for College
You can find this episode on the iTunes store by clicking here, or by listening below.
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Some of my take-aways from this interview were…
- Keeping Essays to 200 Words: That comment that students don’t know how to write succinctly really struck a chord. Limiting the number of words they can use really forces them think about what they need to say. Plus, it eliminates the dreaded question, “How many sentences does this need to be?” Double Plus: Less grading!
- The Referee Whistle: Something so simple but can communicate so much about what we expect during discussions. Having a referee whistle visible from the start will tell students a “heated” discussion is encouraged – and expected!
- The “Tutorial”: I’ve always struggled in discussions with having students not listen or respond to their classmates. Having the students steal points from others based on if they add to another student’s point or completely refute it sounds like a great way to get more discussions going. I’ve already contacted Dr Maxwell and he has agreed to an interview so we can learn exactly how to use this discussion technique in our classroom.
What was your biggest takeaway from the interview? Where there any skills that Dr. McLarnon didn’t mention that you thought students were missing for college? Leave a comment below!