Time after time in my classroom I run out of time. I then ask pupils to complete tasks at home that are extensions of the work done in class to stretch them and help them progress in their learning. This is the way it has always been, instruction in class, practice and then homework to consolidate, but what if this idea of what is best is turned completely on its head? You’d get pupils engaging in well thought out and prepared instruction at home, coming into class prepared to engage in activities and, most importantly, pupils get far more time working with their teacher on more conceptual and challenging work. Well… this is the idea behind the flipped classroom and I’m trying it out!
The idea for me came from speaking with a colleague who had been to a session on this at #pedagoowonderland. That one conversation was enough to have created my first screencast lesson within a week and have two of my colleagues involved too.
The principles of this approach are that the homework prior to a lesson will be that pupils watch a screencast lesson that I’ve prepared and take notes. The lesson will have a couple of built in quick questions at the end so that they have attempted something before the class. To do this, I’ve used www. screencast-o-matic.com and recorded my Promethean flipcharts. This allows me to use a familiar visual for the pupils and the ability to write over each screen as I would usually. I record my voice over this using a microphone plugged into the computer. This is our first ever attempt of a flipped lesson that I prepared and my colleague has delivered, enjoy! (The sound before about 2 minutes in is a bit dodgy, stick with it)
So what happens when they appear in class? The plan is to reflect on what they learnt form the video and discuss how we would apply it. This should give us the opportunity to engage the pupils in higher quality dialogue about the learning as they will have had time to reflect on it and absorb it. Also, it will hopefully allow us to provide more complex and conceptual tasks to do in the classroom where they are supported by their peers and the teacher.
This is what we are trying at the moment and it would be great to hear from people who have flipped their classroom or are trying it out just now as well.