I was quite surprised that a few teachers in my school suggested Flipped Learning as a topic of interest for an in-service.
Maybe my Big Ideas about the fruition and use of technology in my school might happen. I would love to co-teach in a flipped classroom.
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After reading articles/blogs and listening to interviews by teachers who have flipped their classrooms, I found out that there are many ways that teacher-recorded videos can be made. Watch!
Flipping a classroom is a process. Making videos with your voice and photo on the screen helps to personalize them, which is a feature that holds students’ interest. Teachers who have made videos have commented that it is time consuming, but worth it. The recommendation for the length of a video is 1 – 1 ½ minutes per grade level. Can you imagine being able to deliver the most important content without disruptions in 5 – 10 minutes! Yet, we haven’t gotten to the most important feature of a flipped classroom!
The in-class time that teachers have interacting with students, actually solving problems, creating authentic projects, collaborating with students is invaluable. Engaging in meaningful activities is when the real learning happens! All who have flipped their classroom have done it for this reason: more time for what is important…helping students to make connections with the content and understanding the application of it. There are no more lectures in school. Instead, the teacher walks around the room supporting students. Great student-teacher relationships can happen!
There are many Flipped Learning Resources. Some suggestions made by those who have flipped:
- Train students, parents and administrators about the flipped learning process and the use of the video. This may take time prior to beginning implementation.
- Try it for just one subject once a week.
- Make most of the videos, then begin.
- Decide how you can best use the extra time that you will have in class for the students: problem, project, inquiry based learning, mastery, discussions, writing, practice problems, etc.
- Not all students will need to watch the videos. At least they are available for any student who needs to watch them whenever.
- Think about how the videos will be delivered to the students.
- Keep in mind the differentiation that can now exist and how this can be done to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.
- Find another teacher who can collaborate with you, whether it be a peer in your school or on Twitter.
- Reflect. The flow of flipping will take time and will evolve as you continue.
- Please let me know if there are any other suggestions that can be added.