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All About Flipped Classroom and Why You Should Flip Your Classroom

April 12, 2018

All About Flipped Classroom and Why You Should Flip Your Classroom

 

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday, we rob them of tomorrow.” – John Dewey

 

There was a time when printed books had just begun, and a lecturer would dictate the notes. Fast forward the enhancements in education to the present day, we find that learning has never been so easily accessible. With modern technology, knowledge is available in a few clicks wherever we are.

Now here comes the challenge!

Teaching isn’t only about transferring knowledge or delivering content to the students(The old way). It is also equally important to make sure the students have understood and have an active learning experience. When technology is peaking day by day, old ways don’t work anymore.

As we know, it’s quite a task for you as modern-day teachers to make your students pay attention and to make their learning more effective.

Well, it’s no more a problem with “Flipped classroom.”

 

What is Flipped Classroom?

Flipped classroom is a method where technology is exercised to turn classrooms into an engaging place to learn. Instead of having students attend physical lectures, the flipped classroom approach makes it easy-peasy for students to learn with videos.

Students can watch video lectures at their own pace, and it also gives students the freedom to apply the knowledge gained.

 

How is it different from the traditional teaching?

Flipped learning approach works both in and out of the classroom. It allows you to make your students’ learning both meaningful and memorable.

For instance:

When your student misses their class for a day, you can help them cover the loss with recorded lectures. Video lectures enable students to recreate the same environment they get being in the class.

You can also keep your students updated by providing course materials before they attend the lecture. Students get the opportunity to learn independently and then apply those ideas in the class time. This way you can make your class time more enjoyable, engaging, and productive for your students.

 

How does a Flipped Classroom Look Like?

A proper flipped classroom works this way:

Teachers guide students through their whole learning process. Students would watch and learn from the videos created by you. Flipped learning approach creates an environment where students would use their innovative skills, reflect the knowledge and ask questions.

 

A student’s progress should be measured in terms of the questions they are asking, not merely by the answers that they are reciting. – Robert John Meehan

 

How including videos in the learning process is beneficial?

Teachers needn’t worry about how students will absorb the lectures when videos are included. Videos enable students to be completely attentive. Students can see teachers explaining concepts when recorded with a webcam. At the same time, students will be able to see what a teacher is trying to teach through screen recording and hear the lectures through audio recording.

Also, videos provide students the ability to pause, understand, and reflect the concepts grasped. A single video lecture can do everything that you couldn’t achieve with stand-in-front lectures.

However, flipped classrooms are not limited to lecturing through videos. Teachers can also include podcasts as an alternative. You can use your voice to play an essential role by creating voice-recorded lectures. However, podcasts can’t beat videos in lecturing. A single video consists of all the elements of a podcast, an article, text, images or infographics which no other alternative has.

 

How do students and teachers benefit from the flipped classroom?

Switching from the stand-in-front lecture idea before the classroom to learn-anywhere with flipped learning can bring out many benefits to both students and teachers.

Teacher benefits:

It’s a bit difficult to balance a full-time teaching career and family on the other side. Flipped classroom approach can be a ‘shoulder’ that helps you balance your career and your family at the same time. You can save a lot of time when classrooms are flipped.

For instance:

When students learn from your video lectures, they get familiar with the material already. This way it’s faster for you to make them understand what you’re trying to teach. The remaining time can be utilized to give personalized instructions for each student.

The same time can be utilized for discussions about the courses the students are learning, time to collect students’ queries, and clarify doubts. When all the activities can be done within the school limits, you can entirely focus on your family once you step out of the school.

Student benefits:

Flipped learning gives students the time to reflect on the material learned.

Since the flipped environment is interactive and effective as mentioned before, it helps students learn quicker with proper understanding. Students have control over their learning. Lectures are accessible, and students tend to apply their knowledge.

 

Role of teachers to make Flipped Classroom successful

A teacher has a compelling role to make students learning effective.

Encourage student-centered learning

Step outside of your comfort to encourage individual student learning. Not every student learns or works at the same speed. To help the slower ones, convert your homework into video assignments.

Video assignments allow students to go through their material at their own pace and get a more in-depth understanding of the concepts they are learning. Students then jot-down their knowledge into assignments.

This is best done outside the classroom. It benefits students who think they are lagging compared to their friends and improves their confidence.

 

Homework into next class preparation

Next class preparation is a must for your students to get the best out of your lecture. Teachers always come prepared for the class by warming up key points or lecture.

The same way, ask your students to be prepared for the next class by watching videos you create. This way students get a good snapshot of what they are going to learn and get an idea of what to expect for their future classes.

 

Create a collaborative learning environment

Collaborative student activities can be planned within the class time to improve students communication and innovative skills. You can assign students a challenging project that helps them research, think, discuss, and identify the problem.

Students always benefit from group projects and activities; they learn how to work in a team and share knowledge.

 

Personalized student feedback

Student feedback helps in building good student-teacher bond. The teacher can utilize the class more appropriately to guide the students progress followed by immediate feedback to overcome their drawbacks.

 

The bottom line?

Through flipped classroom, teachers can create a meaningful learning experience for students in the very time spent inside the classroom. Students learn with more enthusiasm and encourage themselves to dig deep into the concepts without being dependent.

Here are some tweets from teachers on flipped learning:

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Let’s keep the conversation going. How did you flip your class? How do you engage your students?

Share your thoughts and experience to help other teachers who are planning to flip their classroom.

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