Most educators will agree that students need to be more engaged and motivated to learn. The traditional model of schooling just cannot compete with modern world in providing students with opportunities to fully immerse themselves in learning content and developing skills that will authentically translate into their reality post graduation. We must find new ways to re-envision our current methods for teaching and, perhaps most importantly, our current view of what the school day should look like to provide students with the chance to become more involved with their learning to achieve true mastery. The Flipped Classroom approach is one way that teachers are empowering their students to take a more active role in creating unique and personalized learning environments and allowing teachers themselves to spend more class time on application and learning for mastery than on the building of background knowledge and routine. However, this is a somewhat daunting task to revolutionize traditional approaches that many teachers–and students–and parents–might be most comfortable with. To help troubleshoot this transition, I have found the following sites to be most useful:
Edutopia: Five Minute Film Festival, The Basics of Blending Learning: This collection of links and videos compiled by Edutopia, probably one of my favorite online jumping points for great teaching ideas, craft, and applications, has a variety of resources for someone just starting to think and to implement a Blended Learning approach. The videos are interesting and informative, and much of the information could easily be provided for students or parents about what Blended Learning looks like and how you, as the teacher, might be using it in the classroom.
Flipped Classroom Strategy 4: The Muddiest Point: One of the problems that I struggle with the most in flipping the classroom is the issue of formative assessment. How can I truly check for understanding and know if my students are learning without being present? This blog is filled with strategies that Dr. John Solis, from Baylor University, has compiled for troubleshooting problems of instruction that might stem from a Flipped Approach. This strategy in particular is a method “to identify information on what the students find confusing or unclear” about a topic or lesson.
And finally, one editorial from Forbes: “We Need More EdTech, But Less Technology In The Classroom” and one study from USNews Education: “Emerging Technology Has Positive Impact in Classroom” both provide interesting viewpoints on technology and instructional technology to increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning. Interesting reads that can help you, as the individual classroom teacher, come to terms and to a comfortable place with providing more of a focus on technology as a means to engage learners.
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For those of you who have flipped your classroom, did you start gradually with one or two assignments? Or did you use the approach more expansively? Have you experienced any push back from students or parents, or maybe even fellow teachers or administrators?