Are you wondering why flipped classroom work? Does it seem too complex and overwhelming? If you’ve been considering flipping your classroom, take a moment to understand the purpose and its design and you can be using class time more efficiently than you could have imagined.
Maybe This is You…
On a regular day of teaching may look like. You teach your team of learners, giving them instruction and direction from the front of the room.
The students listening to the single source of instruction delivery, the teacher, have varied abilities and interests.
There is one teacher at the front of the class and as many learning and interest needs as there are students in the classroom. you get frustrated with the challenge of time constraints.
Regardless of how many students you have, one teacher has a hard time meeting each student where they are.
What Teachers are Saying
After speaking with teachers, I discovered many compartmentalize their students in three groups: Advanced, on grade level, and developing. Perhaps they use different descriptors, but you get the idea. Teachers tend to plan for high, medium, and low groups.
When asked how they deal with the students’ wide range of needs, it was revealed that many approach their planning with the on grade level performers as their instructional targets. Differentiation may be present in the initial planning of a lesson. But, as always, further, deeper differentiation happens organically as the lesson unfolds.
Kudos to the teachers striving to meet the needs of their students. Unfortunately, their fragmented attention results in lessons extending beyond intended time frames, slowing down the anticipated pace of the lesson or requiring a teacher to move on before they can give needed time to students requiring considerable review.
This honest response is the result of managing time, attention and materials. Teachers work to be more efficient and effective every day. However, there is only so much time in a day.
All Teachers Have a Common Frustration
One of the greatest struggles for teachers is not lacking the knowledge or skills of effective teaching. It’s a lack of time.
Preparation for a differentiated classroom is a great deal of work. Many teachers give up their personal time in order to prepare worth lessons to meet the needs of their students.
Although we can’t clone teachers, there is one solution that helps teacher increase the efficiency of instruction while supporting students’ individual needs. The flipped classroom model is changing the teaching and learning process.
Flipping your classroom empowering. It makes time for greater differentiation, increases independent learning, and helps streamline the delivery of the curriculum. The flipped classroom creates a shift in how a teacher uses their time with students.
The majority of the time spent on direct instruction and lesson delivery becomes designated time for application when the flipped model is implemented.
What Does a Flipped Classroom Look Like?
Here’s how the flipped classroom works. Teachers use videos that provide instructional sessions for the students. These videos can be resources found online, or teacher created.
The teacher assigns these videos for homework. Students watch the videos before the day’s lesson. The teacher may assign notes, reflections, response journal responses, or other evidence that students watched the video.
The following day, the teacher quickly surveys the accompanying ‘assignment’ that partnered with the video homework. After a quick review of the skills presented, there is a brief question/answer time.
After observing students’ level of understanding through the use of formative assessment, students are presented with the opportunity to apply the skills in class, allowing the teacher time to work with students in the process of learning while in the classroom.