What Flipping the Classroom means to me

R vanderEyken
A place to create, excite and innovate

Paul @ PE4Learning
Self paced, anytime, anywhere learning for our students

What are these education experts talking about?

  • Awesome Teachers

If there’s nothing new under the sun, there are always reinventions of what’s already here.

What’s already here is Teacher + Student + Objective.

Awesome teachers find innovative ways to reach their objectives, and they always have done. Each of us remembers with fondness the teacher who went out of her way to make our learning more ‘complete’ by adding out-of-class activities (that didn’t feel like homework!)

But even awesome teachers have been limited by the lack of resources at their disposal.

Not any more! Technology gives them huge opportunities to be even more awesome.

  • Killer resources

The modern day teacher has a fast-multiplying range of killer resources at their disposal and they are not afraid to use them.

But how? So many aids, so little scheduled class time.

flipclass

  • Flip it 

Enter the Flipped Classroom model.

Essentially, this is a type of blended learning which combines out-of-class resource use with in-class teacher contact time.

For the teacher in love with their art form, the Flipped Classroom is proving to be a spectacular success.

  • What the Experts say

This week I asked pioneering educators over on Google+ and Twitter to crystallise their thoughts into a few words to explain what the Flipped Classroom means to them.

Here’s what they said:

Jeffrey See
Flipped classroom means increased face-to-face time with students

Penny Christensen
Extracting lecture from teacher control to student control

Jason Suter
The flipped classroom allows me to personalize learning, differentiate, allow for self paced learning, and to reach every student every day

R vanderEyken
A place to create, excite and innovate

Paul @ PE4Learning
Self paced, anytime, anywhere learning for our students

Nicholas Pringle
Knowledge at home, active learning in class by solving problems

Shelley Brian
A great way to reach my hard to reach kids

Chris Waterworth
Knowledge and Understanding at home, higher order thinking in class

@lisibo
Turning idea of homework and classwork on its head
Prelearning leads to more effective use of class time

@josepicardoSHS
Teaching and learning goes on beyond the confines of the school walls

@langwitch
Learning at home to be more creative in the classroom

@ChrisFullerisms
Giving students the tools in advance to then facilitate lesson creativity

@javiera1974
Students working at their own pace

@spanishsam
Innovative teaching and learning that gives pupils further opportunity

@Nieves_Sadullah
Technique for accomplished learners to become independent in own learning

@icpjones
Freeing classroom time to apply knowledge and develop deep learning

Thank you to everyone who took time out to share their expertise.

By way of a summary, may I use a single word to express what the Flipped Classroom means to us at Speekee?

Personalisation!

See you next time,

Jim

Jim Porter is a co-founder of Speekee, where kids learn to speak Spanish together

Jim began his Spanish learning journey in 1990. He has been a language teacher since 1994 and he lives in sunny southern Spain with his two bilingual children. Loves it! More…

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3 Responses

  1. PE4Learning says:

    Absolutely brilliant! In a summary, PERSONALISATION is what it is all about.

    For me, its the independence they develop through discovery and self paced learning outside of the classroom. Setting a Flipped Learning task before the start of the next lesson allows the students to get a head start on their learning. Why should we keep what we are trying to teach them a secret, or be afraid that they already may understand what we are about to teach them?

    By allowing them to research, discover and develop what they know through Flipped Learning, time spent in the classroom can be focused on deeper learning, applying and extending what they know rather than introducing them to the new concepts!

    Excellent post Jim; short, sharp and too the point. Online professional development at its best.

    Best regards

    Paul @ PE4Learning

  2. Jim Porter says:

    Thank you Paul.

    Your comment suggests there’s another aspect here, which is that students can teach a thing or two themselves to fellow students as well as the teacher, if they prime themselves in advance of the lesson

    Jim

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