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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." - Alvin Toffler -
“flipped classroom” is not the newest fad that will save education.It will not replace textbooks.It certainly will not replace teachers.And it definitely will not make every student
all of a sudden love school and turn in every assignment.
with a little extra work up front, a little more imagination and an openness to
change the parameters of the traditional classroom, the flipped classroom could
create opportunities to provide more content, create extra time in your
classroom, develop opportunities to interact with students and empower them to
take charge of their own learning.
there will be push back.Students will
complain, parents will wonder, colleagues will question and administrators may
balk.Student complaints will include
things like, “your not teaching us,” “I used to get my homework done while you
lectured,” ‘my dog ate my hard drive,” and “I don’t get it.”Parents will wonder, “why is there no
homework,” “what do you do in class all day,”” why is my child on the computer
all the time,” and “why are you not teaching my child?” Colleagues will ask,
“Why, What and How?” And Administrators will balk at, “What is this going to
cost?” and “How are you going to meet the standards?”
get a handle on all of this and make the transition easier, there are basic
step that will make the process move a little smoother and provide
opportunities to get all of the publics on board.
Seven Stepping Stones for implementation of the flipped classroom include:
The first thing to do
is decide how you want to transition into the world of flipped learning. Do you
want to spend the summer creating an entire semester of content and go “whole
hog”?Are there specific lessons or
content areas that make sense for your subject matter? Do you want to have a
flipped day?Monday will be flipped
homework and Tuesday will be the Flipped Classroom day.What content can you create or find
easily?Is there a special unit or class
project that flipping might enhance? Remember not all lessons can nor should be
flipped.The teacher facilitator must do
what is best for all students and must maintain their own sanity.
Create the “flipped”
homework assignment.Determine what the
students will watch.What is the content
that the students will need?Do you need
to make your own video?Is there
something already available on line or from your textbook?What media can or should be used?Is this a lesson or a unit?What will the students do?And, how will you create accountability?
Design the classroom
follow-up activity.How will the
classroom become student centered?Will
the activity be a project?Will inquiry
be the focus?What choices will the
students have in demonstrating their knowledge?How will the learning be assessed? How will the students take ownership
of the content knowledge they have been exposed to?
Get students prepared
for the “flipped experience”.Outline
the students to take charge of their learning.Demonstrate
how to use the media.Explain all the options and choices available. Be proactive in
students who have special needs or lack access to the technology.Offer
options and possible solutions for all
students to feel they can be successful.
outcomes and processes for assessing the learning.Prepare for success but be ready to support
failure and develop areas for improvement.Provide opportunities for growth and varieties of methods to demonstrate
learning and mastery of the content standards.
Build a Library
Develop a library of
resources that can and will engage all students. Provide choices
in what the
students can watch.Evaluate media for
the effectiveness of delivery of
the content, engagement for the students, presentation
of the content standards and
development of formative assessment. Encourage
students to use other resources to
further their understanding of the content.
Allow students freedom to take care of
their own learning.
Create a Portal
Determine how to
deliver the content.Does your school offer
a platform for the organization of the content library?Do you need to develop your own portal?Is there something already available that can
be adopted to fit the needs of your students and your classroom?Can you use a platform like Moodle, Blackboard,
Ted Ed, Vimeo or YouTube to put your content in a format that is user friendly
for both you and your students?