Zhang knew that when it comes to teaching, the conventional way was for the instructor to stand on the podium and force-feeding facts to students with a 40~50 minute lecture. However, learning should be self-motivated and interesting for both teachers and students. Since then, Zhang began his mission to change this teaching style based on pure rote memorization, by allocating most of the classroom time for students to “Learn, Consider, Communicate”. In this talk, Zhang shares his “Flipping Chinese” observations and starting to create a new education revolution in Taiwan.
Huicheng Zhang is a Chinese literature teacher at Taipei’s Zhongshan Girls’ High School who has redefined how literature should be taught in Taiwan. As the force behind “Flipping Chinese” pedagogy, his methodology of encouraging students to “learn, consider, and communicate” is a bottoms-up approach where most of the time is reserved for students to engage in self-guided learning, in-depth analysis and discussions. Zhang also regularly shares his findings online, as a way to exchange ideas with other teachers and educators on what works (and doesn’t). So far his flipped learning concept has attracted more than four hundred teachers from all over Taiwan to come as observers to his classroom.