Frank McGirr Talks about his Image Conference Experience

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Flipped classroom teacher, Frank McGirr, answers the post-Image Conference questionnaire.

 

  1. What did you enjoy about The Image Conference?

 

Meeting like minded teachers. I work at an institution where most teachers stick rigidly to course books. While attempting to meet the diverse needs of individual students, in a variety of countries, course books aim for average with the result that they are both uninspiring and ineffective at nurturing language acquisition. Teachers who recognise this show a level of independence and creativity that I find refreshing to be around. The Image Conference was a great opportunity to meet and hear other teachers talk about how, and why, they use images in the classroom.

 

 

  1. How was The Image Conference different from other conferences you’ve been to?

 

The focus on film and images seems to attract more creative, independent thinkers who tend to be open to new ideas and approaches

 

 

  1. Sum up your talk briefly.

 

Flipped learning. In the age of abundant information,my talk conveyed that flipped learning is a more appropriate and effective use of student and classroom time. And that with so much freely available resources it is both negligent and wasteful for teachers and institutions to persist with “information transferal”in the classroom. The Classroom- a group space-should only be used for active learning (talking) -not individual needs effective use of classroom time way of helping students acquire language

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