Update on Flipped Classrooms

The idea of the”Flipped Classroom” is gathering momentum in the Puget Sound. Do take time to read the article about the Tacoma Teacher who is turning learning upside down in his classroom.

The flipped classroom is a concept that improves active learning; students learn from viewing a prerecorded lecture and the teacher uses the class time to help students grapple with the more challenging concepts.

I have also learned a few tips on best practices for the flipped classroom from edutopia. I have crafted a simple term for this as this relates to flipping.

TEAR ( technology, engagement, access and reflection)

1. Need to Know: Ensure that there is a clear reason for students to know the content- relevance.

2. Engaging Models:  Use a pedagogical model that demands it such as: Project-Based Learning (PBL).

3. Technology: Ask yourself- Do you have the technology to support a flipped classroom?  a variety of technologies (smart phones, DVD, USB, videos, online) ensure access of materials to all students.

4. Reflection: Build in reflective activities for students to think about what they have learned ( discussions, authentic projects,  presentations)

5. Time & Place: Keep flipped content brief (8-10 mins).  Provide a place where content is available for students both inside and outside your classrooms.


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