Flipped Classroom: Is It Right for You?
Back in 2007, two teachers in Colorado decided to try a new way of teaching, and the flipped classroom teaching method began.
Since then, teachers all over have implemented the flipped classroom method, with varying degrees of success.
A lot of teachers wonder how flipped classrooms work and if they are worth the transition.
Today, I want to highlight flipped classrooms and talk about how to implement a flipped classroom for the first time.
What Is A Flipped Classroom?
A flipped classroom is when the content of the lesson is delivered outside of the classroom, leaving the in-class time free for discussion, hands-on activities, and other methods of active learning.
Some teachers like flipped classrooms because it gives students more power over their learning.
When classrooms have an open discussion about content that has already been delivered (and processed by students), it can be easier for students to ask clarifying questions.
There is also more time for experiments, differentiated instruction, and individual work.
Are Flipped Classrooms All Or Nothing?
There are varying methods of flipped classrooms, so don’t worry about implementing the concept all at once.
One teacher’s method of a flipped classroom could be to lecture for 5-10 minutes less and use those extra minutes for a hands-on activity that engages students.
Another teacher could have all lectures delivered to students before class time, making it a full-on flipped classroom.
Are Flipped Classrooms Effective?
When used to its full potential, a flipped classroom can be incredibly effective.
A good flipped classroom encourages students to take initiative in their own learning. It can also lead to a deeper understanding of the content, because teachers have more time to differentiate and students work at their own pace.
How Do You Start a Flipped Classroom?
The first thing you should do is plan. Plan the unit or lesson you want to flip and determine what your time in the classroom will look like.
Once you have a solid plan, think about how you are going to present the content to your students.
The most effective way to present content to a flipped classroom is through video. When you record your video, be sure that it includes everything you would normally show in a typical classroom setting.
Once your students have watched the material and are prepared for your class time, you can have meaningful conversations that will involve students in their own learning.
Can I Use A Flipped Classroom Method In Virtual Learning?
Because of the advances in technology, it is easier than ever to flip a virtual classroom.
Record your lectures or lessons before class time and deliver them via your virtual platform.
Then you can use your virtual classroom time for engaging the students in conversation, clarifying questions, etc.
- Be open with your students about what you expect of them (how long do you want them to expect them to engage in the content before the class meeting?) (What do you want them to prepare before your class meeting?)
- Be prepared to allow your students to have conversations around the content. They can ask questions to you (the teacher) or their peers (the students). Allow students to answer clarifying questions to gauge overall understanding.
- Let your class time be spent working on issues that (if applicable to your method) last for the semester or unit.
- Make sure you involve your parents! Especially in an elementary-aged class, students will need the support and encouragement of their parents to watch the content you provide.
Have you flipped your classroom or a unit of your classroom? I’d love to hear about it!
If you would like to try a flipped classroom and want more information on getting started, A Beginner’s Guide to Flipped Classroom by Elizabeth Trach is very informative.