For me this week started and ended on this concept of the Flipped Classroom. At our Regional Technology Leader’s meeting earlier this week a colleague shared how one of her Spanish teachers is flipping her classroom and the success she has seen so far. (Thanks Stacy for sharing) I love the idea and have read about it happening throughout the world with huge success. It was great seeing a success story so close to home. Little did I know that there was another example even closer.
I was fortunate to end my week working with our 6-8 grade Math teachers. During the discussions one of our 7th grade teachers was sharing how she has started to ‘flip’ one of her classes. (Thanks Cathy for sharing!) So far her students are doing really well and one of her biggest benefits she feels is the ability to truly differentiate her instruction. When students come in (after watching the lesson the night before) they work on their practice ‘homework’. She is able to circulate and answer questions, supporting students with what they specifically need help with. Instead of students doing homework at night and possibly practicing incorrect behaviors, she can find out right away if there are any misconceptions and work on them right away. She does admit that there is a time commitment to preparing the videos and materials needed to support a flipped classroom, but so far she still sees the benefits outweighing this time commitment.
The flipped classroom concept has been around for a couple of years, but is starting to become more popular as more and more educators try it and see the benefits. Are you intrigued? Check out the infographic and resources below to help you get started. Please share your experiences below as well, we’d love to hear them.
Part 1: Flipping the Classroom? Great resources as well as links to examples of flipped classrooms.
How the Flipped Classroom is Radically Transforming Learning This is a great resource about how it all started and also has great links at the end to assist.