Archive for May, 2018

An example of a flipped classroom

We hear a lot about the flipped classroom and how great it is, but then when we find ourselves wanting to try it we’re not exactly sure what to do. It seems most see it as out-of-classroom self-study, but it is a lot more than that. In a flipped classroom, it is the the students who are teaching each other. The teacher provides guidance and support on where to find the information, but in class they let the students take the lectern.

In my example photos below, students were given four terms to learn from a provided reading, with 2 students being assigned one term. After gathering as much information as they could from the reading and other resources to which students have access (on their own time), they return to class to teach each other these terms. During this process, students listen to each other and take notes, asking questions where and when needed. The goal is for all students to have similar information they can use to move on to the next activity.

At the end, the class put together a multi-flow chart demonstrating the causes and effects, in this case how an increase in climate change patterns affect the increase in intensity of severe storms and the floods that follow. The terms students took upon themselves to learn were water contamination, damage to housing, food security, and stressful conditions.

The brilliance of this method is that students are receiving multiple pieces of information from multiple sources in multiple formats, increasing the likelihood of intake (and not just memorizing information to take a test).

And the teacher’s role throughout this process? Watch, ask questions, and guide when and where needed. After all, a flipped classroom is student-centered, and is active.


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