An Introduction to Flipping the Classroom

The process of teaching and learning throughout history has been somewhat predictable. Student goes to class. Teacher stands at the blackboard and presents a lesson.

There is very little collaborative learning in a teacher-led classroom. Flipping your class allows for more collaboration with peers!

Student takes out his notebook and scribbles down notes – to the best of his ability – as the teacher is talking and modeling the lesson on the board. Finally, the bell rings and student goes home to practice what he learned at school. Sound familiar?

But what happens to the average student who still needs assistance when they get home? To whom does the student turn toward to get the assistance they need to complete their homework correctly and on time? If only the teacher could come home with them and teach the lesson again, as many times as necessary, until it finally clicks. And while the teacher is there, he or she could probably help with the homework, too!

Let’s propose that the teacher does the instructing at home instead. The student comes home from school and instead of pulling out a workbook, they pull up a video their teacher has made. The student watches their teacher present a 10-minute lesson on the computer and takes notes. They can watch the video once, twice, or as many times as they need. The best part? Students can pause the video if needed, get up and stretch, grab a snack and learn in the comfort of their home without interrupting the teacher!

What happens the next day in class? The student goes to school and the teacher reviews any questions the class may have from watching the video. The teacher does a review problem and then gives the students the typical homework to do in class with the teacher’s support. Because the instruction and the initial learning was done at home, the teacher can better utilize the in-class time to work with small groups as well as individuals. There will also be more time allowed for formative assessment so that the teacher can check for understanding throughout a unit. Just by flipping the traditional structure of learning in school, more time is created for student engagement, assessment and active learning inside the classroom.

Flipping The Classroom is a growing trend around the world. Teachers and school districts nationwide are starting to recognize the benefits of this phenomenon thanks to the growth of technology in our homes and in our schools. There is no better time for you to jump on board and witness these same positive results!

Are you already flipping your classroom?  If so, please share your success stories with us at http://www.thatmathlady.com!

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