Podcast Episode 28: Flipping, Fun, and Physics With Frank Robinson

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In this episode we talk to Frank Robinson from Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Frank has a PhD in Applied Math and he works with a wide range of scientists at Yale co-teaching some of our most innovative classes. He shares what he learned flipping Fundamentals of Physics with Helen Caines, and also tells us about creating a public website (coming soon!) based on his Movie Physics class.

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Show Notes

0:00 Intro

0:38 Introducing Sybil Alexandrov. Teaching ‘heritage speakers.’

1:49 What heritage speakers bring: issues of self-worth plus lots of cultural and other knowledge.

5:04 Teaching a wide range of students: challenge? opportunity? or challenging opportunities? Jigsaw groups.

7:31 Teams in the real world vs. in the classroom: John D. Cook’s endeavor blog.

9:37 Active learning and the classroom.

10:04 Empowerment and cultural status in a Yale classroom. Helping students feel at home.

12:01 How is the heritage speaker classroom different? They’re not blank slates. Varieties of Spanish.

15:34 Avoiding making the students feel that everything they do is wrong. “The affective component is tremendous.” Personalizing learning.

19:49 Helping students understand what’s in store for them. Giving students choices.

24:03 Assessment and Yale’s language requirements. Why the heritage speakers are there–including just wanting to express themselves in Spanish.

28:27 A project to understand what heritage speakers have in common. Diversity at Yale “I didn’t know other people felt this way.”

32:57 Heritage speakers interviewing other heritage speakers: Spanish, Greek, Russian, Korean.

36:45 Reducing the students’ feelings of isolation and not belonging. Nomadic and exilic cultures.

40:22 “Whatever they bring to class is great.” Something to address and not to dismiss.

42:50 Attending an annual workshop at the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA.

45:52 57 million Americans speak another language other than English in the home. Learning from diversity.

47:52 Sybil’s linguistic background. Growing up a balanced bilingual and studying Romance language in college.

51:40 Teaching and making mistakes. Both you and the students learn from your mistakes. Making the teaching your own.

56:17 Signing off.