Flipped Classroom – Real World Student Feedback Written by Linda Gutierrez As I do most years, I gave my students some reflection questions about our school year together. Since it was my first year of a totally flipped classroom, I was very curious to see what they’d have to say. I asked them about how they thought their learning and their confidence had changed. I asked about their favorites and least favorites and encouraged them to give me advice for changing things for next year. The most exciting thing for me is that 100% of the students said they loved this class and the way they were able to learn this year. “My confidence has change compared to the other years because I used to have to stay with the hole class, and if we had group projects I would have to do them with a group, I didn’t like that. “ i think that i have learned a lot this year. i know because i can do more stuff than i did when i started 6th grade. it has changed becuase i feel like i can teach some one what i know with out being wrong like other years.”
The Flipped Class Revealed Editor's Note: This is Part 3 of 3 of The Flipped Class Series at The Daily Riff. You can start here, by reading this post, and go backwards and still understand what's going on in the conversation. Links to Part 1, "The Flipped Class: What it Is and What it is Not," and Part 2 - "Are You Ready to Flip?," and other related links can be found below. - C.J. Westerberg The Flipped Class What Does a Good One Look Like? "The classroom environment and learning culture play a large role in determining the best pedagogical strategy." by Brian Bennett, Jason Kern, April Gudenrath and Philip McIntosh The idea of the flipped class started with lecture and direct instruction being done at home via video and/or audio, and what was once considered homework is done in class. Now, it is becoming much more than that. A lot of flipped class discussions focus on moving away from a traditional lecture format. Discussions are led by the students where outside content is brought in and expanded.
Before We Flip Classrooms, Let's Rethink What We're Flipping To Integrated into their regular math classes, Globaloria students access online video tutorials and receive expert advice on how to build original educational video games about math topics. Photo credit: World Wide Workshop We're hearing a lot of talk about education in these back-to-school days, but a few conversations rise above the din. One such is the chatter about "flipped classrooms,"1 in which students listen to lectures at home and do homework at school. No doubt about it, online learning at every level for every purpose is the flavor of the moment, and everyone is scrambling to offer a feast. Before we pick up too much speed to stop, we need to consider the educational future we are aiming for in higher education, technical education, and especially in the early years of K-12 education, when it really counts. Instructionism vs. But think about it: they are using rather traditional instructional methods. There was transformation, but it was mainly around the edges. Notes
The Biggest Hurdle to Flipping Your Class I have been asked on a number of occasions what is the biggest hurdle that teachers need to overcome in order to flip their classrooms. In my experience, the number one hurdle is that teachers need to flip their thinking about class time. Stepping Back from an Old Model When teachers flip their classes, I believe they must ask one key question: What is the best use of class time? Why is this a big hurdle? My class was well structured, and I liked being in control of all that was happening. Teaching Learners I should provide some context for this experiment. So as I reluctantly gave up control, I was relieved to see students taking ownership for their learning. I realized in this encounter that maybe the best thing I am teaching students is how to be learners. Alternative Assessments Another way I flipped my thinking about learning was when I allowed students to demonstrate mastery of content by means of alternative assessments. My questions for you:
Schools Provide Teachers with the Training Tools for Flipping the Classroom Equipping classrooms with technology is a good start, but schools also need to train teachers how to integrate those tools into their lessons and make learning more engaging for students. Teachers seem to be demanding it, in fact. According to CDW•G's Learn Now, Lecture Later report, 76 percent of high school IT professionals have received more teacher requests for help with technology integration and related professional development over the past two years. Colin Opseth, a teacher and director of information technology for elementary school students in California's Oro Grande School District, says the IT team provides training on everything from how to use different types of educational software to how to make the most of interactive whiteboards in the classroom. Michigan's Port Huron Area School District also invests in a variety of professional development opportunities.
Why I Gave Up Flipped Instruction A little over a year ago I wrote a post about the flipped classroom, why I loved it, and how I used it. I have to admit, the flip wasn’t the same economic and political entity then that it is now. And in some ways, I think that matters. Here’s the thing. When I wrote that post, I imagined the flip as a stepping stone to a fully realized inquiry/PBL classroom. What is the flip? The flipped classroom essentially reverses traditional teaching. When I first encountered the flip, it seemed like a viable way to help deal with the large and sometimes burdensome amount of content included in my senior Biology & Chemistry curricula. My flipped experiments I first encountered the flip in a blog post. My students loved the idea of trying something that very few other students were doing. We began to shift As I shifted my classroom from teacher-centred to student-centred, my students began to do lots of their their own research. What was my role? The flip faded away The flip is gone for good No.
Flipped classrooms: Turning learning upside down View 18 photos » USU math professor Camille Fairbourn, seen at upper right, helps students with their assignments, both in the classroom at the campus in Brigham City, but also remotely in classrooms in other locations, by way of a remote camera system Monday, Sep. 17, 2012 Brian Nicholson, Deseret News Two years ago, the students in Sarah Tierney's fourth- and fifth-grade blended classroom weren't catching on to math well enough, and she knew it. Teaching two grade levels in one room, as Tierney does in Centennial, Colo., is a challenge for any teacher. So last school year, Tierney turned math instruction on its head at Centennial's Franklin Elementary School, and this year the school's entire team of fifth-grade teachers joined her classroom flipping experiment. The students absorb online lectures at their own pace each evening, repeating tricky concepts as needed. At school, the teacher's role is transformed. Flip that class Pros and cons Success story College flipping Facts about flipping
3 keys to a flipped classroom Guest Blog by David Truss from Pair-A-Dimes for Your Thoughts If you are planning to use the ‘flipped classroom’, you might want to think about a few key ideas. Background: On Connected Principals Jonathan Martin has written a couple posts on the Flipped Classroom. In his first one, Reverse Instruction: Dan Pink and Karl’s “Fisch Flip”, he says: Increasingly, education’s value-add is and will be in the coaching and troubleshooting when students are applying their learning, and in challenging students to apply their thinking to hands-on learning by doing and teaming: so let’s have them do these things in class, not sit and listen. And in his second post, Advancing the Flip: Developments in Reverse Instruction, he says: Flip your instruction so that students watch and listen to your lectures… for homework, and then use your precious class-time for what previously, often, was done in homework: tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creating.
5 things you should know about flipped learning Upside Down Roller Coaster by Austin Kirk on Flickr Flipped learning — the name says it all. It’s a 180-degree shift in how we approach learning and teaching. Our past way of thinking gets turned on its head as down becomes up and we reorient ourselves to a new model for student growth. Many teachers around the globe report smashing success with the flipped model. Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, co-authors of Flip Your Classroom and instigators of the flipped revolution, encourage teachers to keep the following in mind as they embark upon their journey toward flipped learning. 1. A flipped classroom will look and feel different than what you’re used to, especially when you’re just getting started. “It will take time,” Sams said. 2. Many students who have struggled in traditional classrooms are able to thrive under the flipped model, largely because it gives students more control over the pace at which they learn. “When kids struggle in school, it’s often because they can’t keep up. 3. 4. 5.
Teachers: Involve parents in the flipped classroom, too By Graham Johnson Read more by Contributor October 26th, 2012 At the beginning of each semester I spend time speaking to my students about what the flipped classroom is: a significant change over the way students have previously been taught. As a result, I explain what the benefits of the flipped classroom are, what an average day will look like, and how students will be assessed, among many other things. I work hard to paint a positive picture to get students on my side. “We get to use our cell phones?” Absolutely! For more news about flipped learning, see:New developments enhance school video useHow TED-Ed is helping to amplify instructionThe truth about flipped learningHow to make videos your students will love “We move at our own pace in class?” That’s right! “We’re encouraged to talk in class?” You bet! This year marks my second year as a flipped classroom teacher.