Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Flipping Classroom

Tonight, I've been catching up on some "tweets" that I starred in my timeline to look into when I had time. Some of these are from September! It has been a while since I was able to go back and look at the various links, articles and blog posts I meant to check out over the course of the past few weeks.

Some interesting articles have been generated about education and the idea of a Flipped Classroom. Ever hear of that?

It is an interesting concept of flipping the tasks assigned as homework and the tasks assigned as classwork. The video below is from one of the founders of this idea explaining what Flipped Classrooms are. It is a fast-paced video but an interesting look at how teachers are changing the use of time in their scheduled classes.

If you don't watch the video, then this is the explanation: the teacher pre-records video of their lessons. All their lessons! The time students spend outside of class at home or wherever is time spent watching the teacher's lessons. A lesson could be a 15-minute video with animation for example.

Then the time spent in class is the work of implementing the lesson. What we used to call "homework". And the teachers can interact with the kids who are struggling because they are able to see how they are implementing the lesson they watched.

Sound interesting?

So what would this look like? Aaron explains that most English teachers are familiar with this because the setup for their classes is that kids read the stories and books at home and then discuss at school. But Aaron is a math teacher and he knew that math classes are different. Kids learn the lesson in class and then go home and struggle with understanding and implementing what they learned hours earlier.

By Flipping, kids watched videos explaining concepts and then come to class to apply what they learned in real-world problem solving scenarios.

So if you were to flip a class, what would that look like? What do you think about this concept? Is it realistic for our students? If not, what detractors are there to prevent something like this from happening?

For me, I would be interested to see what this would look like in professional development. How can we flip staff development?

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