The last pillar of the Flipped learning (FL) is the professional educator (PE), why not the teacher? is something you would be asking at this moment. Well, the reason is simple, in FL role is different. The teacher's role in traditional methods is being the center of the learning process, it means that you are "in front" of the class giving knowledge, expecting students to understand the topics using the common activities to grade them because grades are the most important, there is usually no space to differentiate students' needs and learning styles. On the contrary, Professional Educator becomes a "coach" not the center of the process because he/she designs the class to make students the center and responsible for their learning.
According to Flipped Learning Org. there are some important aspects that a PE should take into account the planning time, class interaction, assessment, and feedback. In addition, reflection, constructive criticism, instruction improvement, and chaos control are some professional issues that a PE must consider when implementing FL. As a result, her/his role is less visible during class time.
Once you decide to implement FL in your classes, you become a PE, because you are going to change what being a teacher is. The first aspect you will change is your mindset, you will realize that you never stop learning; implementing FL at the beginning could be a bit challenging, your plans may not work, so you need to adjust them. So, you will understand that mistakes are allowed including when you are the teacher.
The next aspect to be taken into account is the teacher's evaluation, but this time is not the one that institutions make to know how you are doing. This evaluation is done by you, how you could include self-assessment tools where you can realize how students are feeling in your class, how they are dealing with Autonomy's development. Another important aspect gives the opportunity for students to talk about the class, allow them to tell you what they like and what don't. Finally, your self-assessment. You should think and reflect on your practice and compare them with students' answers.
Another aspect to consider is materials development and design, you need to offer your students different opportunities through activities. In this part, you need to be aware of time because you will be spending lots of time designing classes and activities in order to enhance students' autonomy. As a result, you need to evaluate them all the time, this way you can improve your teaching practices.
Finally, the sense of community is important in Professional Educators, you should have a strong team to be supported by. If you decided to be a PE you should find partners who like sharing meaningful experiences in classes. As a result, you will have more ideas to implement in your classes. Building communities help you to grow as professionals and human beings.
As a conclusion, professional educators are long-life learners since we move from the mistakes to greatest experiences, we are always looking for better ways to do things and teach better. In addition, we know that mistakes are part of the process, that failing is just one of learning, and if we are aware of those things, our students will learn that too, this helps us to create a flexible environment where the main purpose is learning together.