Flipped Learning: Where to Begin


We have all heard about flipped learning. However, with different variations of the term, having the wrong idea of flipped learning can be a problem for schools. Flipped Learning Network defines flipped learning as “a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.”

eSchool News outlined 8 principles that are crucial as schools begin their flipped learning journey according to Jon Bergmann at ISTE 2017.

  1. Teacher buy-in: School leaders need to convince teachers to change their mindset about traditional classrooms. Ask teachers what is the best way to use face-to-face class time. If school leaders can get a teacher in the district who isn’t good with technology to switch, everyone else will too.
  2. Pedagogical change: Flipped learning creates an active learning place allowing teachers and students to have a better relationship. When students know their teacher cares, they are more likely to care about what they are learning.
  3. Stakeholder buy-in: Getting parents and students on board with change can be challenging. By explaining the benefits to parents about flipped learning, parents are likely to be more receptive to the new teaching style.
  4. Learning Spaces: It is important for school leaders to realize that classrooms won’t have the traditional look anymore.
  5. Technology: Technology is important for flipped classrooms, but keep it simple.
  6. Time: One of the most important principles is giving teachers enough time to change their classroom.
  7. Teacher evaluation: Teacher evaluations will change in a flipped environment. Evaluating active learning places will be difficult so school leaders will need to rethink evaluations.
  8. Training: School leaders must make sure teachers are getting the proper training for flipped learning.

Using video is important when implementing a flipped classroom. Educators will need to record lectures for the students to watch at home. In the classroom, students will be engaged in activities through tools such as 3D printers, robots, building blocks, and more. Share your thoughts on flipped learning and how your customers have implemented this teaching style in their district in the comment box below.

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