Flipping the classroom

Recently I came across the whole idea of flipping the classroom. Like everything else in education although this idea has been around for a little while it is only now that I am hearing about it. I am pretty sure though that I am not alone in this! So time to share what I have found out about flipping the classroom.

A nice couple of videos will it explain it a lot better than I could ever do:




When I first came across this idea it was a bit of an EUREKA! moment. It seems to make perfect sense. Time for me to be with the kids in my higher group during class time on those difficult end of exercise questions that I would normally set for homework. However as ever the little warning bells start to ring and I started asking myself where is the evidence of it working. So started another search.

For the academic amongst you I came across this thesis: http://etd.ohiolink.edu/view.cgi/Strayer%20Jeremy.pdf?osu1189523914 I’ll be honest I have not looked at all 244 pages but in general results/enjoyment/independence all seem to have improved. One of a few less intense studies I came across can be found at http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/the-flipped-class-good-stuff-happens-715.php Now this is more the type of article that makes sense to me.

Ultimately, in teaching, there is no one size fits all.
You, as a teacher, must do
what is best for YOUR set of students.
So do I have the nerve to flip my classroom? Well not this year or next as I am away from the classroom out in secondment. I would love to give it a try though. I am attempting to incorporate some of the ideas into my role as an “Online Study Support” development officer but thats not really flipping more adapting. I would be really interested to know if anyone has attempted the flip or any further thoughts on this

5 thoughts on “Flipping the classroom

  1. Martyn Call

    I was thinking of using a flipped classroom approach with my S2 class on the next topic (Pythagoras) in a few weeks. It’s a brilliant idea and I can see this working with the students I have in the class.
    I thought about giving the pupils a range of videos, tutorials and written materials to use. It will be interesting to see the approaches pupils take to this and if the deeper understanding comes through. I’m excited for it, and whilst it will be tough for both parties I’m hoping we all come out at the end going “and what’s next?!”

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  3. Jem

    I just taught myself how to embed a video from YouTube into Glow. I have uploaded a video on Fact or Opinion for my P3 children to watch. They have then to go into the Discussion tab and answer the simple questions: What is a fact? What is an opinion? Can you give examples? I know they won’t all manage to do this but it will get my lesson on Wednesday off to a good start as the ball will be rolling in some of their thinking. I am quite excited now about using Glow in this way – next steps are to use video as a revision tool including podcasts/video of myself. Yikes!

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