A flipped classroom? What is it and do you think it’s right for you and your students?
Wouldn’t it be great to put the responsibility for learning back where it belongs – with the students? Wouldn’t it be amazing to get to spend class time engaged in authentic learning experiences rather than dissemination of content? We want to share with you some fundamental definitions and instructional strategy of flipping your classroom in a video recording from Lauren Boucher, classroom flipper extraordinaire. (This video is part of SimpleK12’s Teacher Learning Community, but we’re making it free for everyone today.
Ms. Boucher explain where flipping came from, how to get started, tools to use, and things to consider when moving forward with “the flip.”
In a nutshell, it’s sometimes easier to say what a flipped classroom is not:
- A flipped classroom is not a replacement for teachers. In fact, you’ll be working harder at teaching than maybe you ever have.
- Oh, and flipping a classroom doesn’t mean you’ll be handing out links so students can placidly watch video.
- And, a flipped classroom is not just the videos.
- It’s not a one-size-fits-all model
- And, it is N-O-T easy.
With that said, so just what is a flipped classroom?
- A flipped classroom is a way to make the most out of face-to-face time with your students. Your students do the basic reading, watching, and essential learning on their own time (at home or in a library or similar setting) and you spend class time on application.
- It changes the typical ratio of instruction to practice/application (from 90-10 to as much as 10-90).
- It makes students responsible for learning.
The flipped classroom is a way to gets kids involved in their own learning. REALLY involved.
But, from what everyone tells me, it is NOT easy. There is going to be a culture change and an impact on your workflow… your kids will have to adjust, but so will you. If you’re a “phone it in” kind of teacher using the same lesson plans over and over again, you’re in for a HUGE adjustment.
Watch this video and let me know if you think you’re up for it.