Slipping into the Unknown

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I have been working on this post for awhile know, getting my thoughts  around a different way of getting the students to interact with the material in my classroom. Throughout my curriculum and instructional class #eci831, I kept hearing the terms flipped classroom, blended learning, and sideways classroom. What is a flipped classroom? How do I start flipping?Would it work in an upper elementary school? How could I apply it to my classroom? What about those who struggle with learning? Does anyone in Saskatchewan use a flipped classroom? These are the many questions I have when I think about a flipped classroom.

What is a flipped classroom?

Wikipedia defines a flipped classroom as blended learning, when students watch videos and learn content online at home. The “homework” is done in the classroom with students and teachers discussing and solving problems. The flipped classroom draws on concepts as active learning, and student engagement. It sounds like a great pedagogy, since the goal of education is to get our students to become more engaged and active learners instead of the current passive learner.

A flipped classroom repurposes instructional time into inquiry based learning. Students become the teachers, and the teacher becomes a coach/mentor.  This idea of learning allows for students to master the outcome instead of just covering an outcome.

Flipped Classroom

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How Do I start flipping?

The first thing I would do is read the book Flip your classroom: Reach Every Child Everyday by Jonathon Bergmann. And as many have pointed out in the #eci831 class start small, one idea at a time.  Educause (@educause)  also has a great handout called the “7 Things you should read about the flipped”classroom”.

Math seems to possibly be an easier subject to flip with resources like Khan Academy, youtube videos, as well as websites like mathletics.  Flipping Math would allow me to work with students who need extra support and the students who Math comes easy to can get to work right away on the “homework” or become student leaders and explain what they learned the night before to a classmate.  It would allow my parents to be a “peer” in the process of learning as the “new” Math is about teaching kids flexible thinking, not the standard algorithm to get to the answer quickly. (a video to share with parents)

As we know, the level of mastery of an outcome is to be able to teach it to someone else. I may also flip a Science lesson or two so we can spend more time working on projects than learning the background information as Andrew stated in his blog. Techsmith has posted 9 easy steps to flipping your classroom. One needs to be aware the blog promotes the use of Snagit to flip the class; however there are other tools you can use. Here are 6 ways to use video in the flipped classroom.

Resources or Apps to use to help flip the classroom

During the #ECI831 class, I have learned about a variety of resources which would help a teacher flip a classroom. First and foremost you need to get parents onboard with the idea of a flipped classroom.

These are just a few of the resources we have discussed in class or shared through the  Google plus community.  There is much more information and teacher blogs who have flipped their classrooms. The one thing I can take away from the research I done is to flip one lesson, one unit, one subject at a time. What is your experience in flipping? Do you have resources to add to the list?

Happy flipping folks.


About Candy

Mother, Wife, Elementary Teacher, Grad student. Looking foward to using this blog as a reflection of my professional learning.
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