The flipped classroom: Kindness through Christmas cookies.
Let’s talk about kindness in the college classroom. What? It needs to be discussed? I don’t know if it does, but I am going to do so anyway.
If you’ve been following the blog this week, you have taken my journey right along with me as I navigate the “flipped classroom” waters.
Today, something interesting occurred. The students talked to me!
Could it be the decorated sugar cookies I brought to class did the trick? I wanted to reward all of us for a job well done this week. None of us are used to having a 8:10 class five days consecutively.
The kids took one look at the cookies and grabbed them. My international students don’t even get to travel home for the holidays. They seemed especially grateful.
All I know is something changed. We’ve become accustomed to one another. Yeay!
I think it’s fair to say taking the time to extend kindness is important. It’s easy in an intensive situation such as this to lose sight of the human quotient. We are working at such a hectic pace– reading, grading, writing, discussing through forums and viewing video clips we forget we are first human beings.
Humans need one on one time with each other.
The cookies reminded all of us that is was the holiday season and we needed to have fun even though we are madly working at this fundamentals-of -speech thing.
Giving your students a little gift works wonders, too.
I purchased highlighters and handed them out at the end of class for the students to use on their next assignment rubric (persuasive speech). Although I hadn’t planned for the kids to keep them, they seemed to want them. Suddenly, I had a gift.
Sugar cookies and highlighters. Who knew?