What a flipped classroom can look like

mathjohnson has used sketch noting to create a very interesting video about the methodology of a flipped classroom and why he does it and what it can look like. He gets to the end of the video and says there is no homework, so my question is – what has he flipped? Maybe I have misunderstood. Flipping needs to take the excessive teacher lecturing and long video watching out, put it elsewhere and allow the class time to be used in the way he says – to get the best out of the teacher, the content and use technology to facilitate multimodal delivery. To a large extent he is looking at individual progression so his classroom appears to encourage students at their own pace and their own time and he has used his ideas, skills , resources and technology to allow that to happen. Individual progression is not a new concept but I am actually pleased to see it revitalised and re-energised so that students are front and centre of the classroom and what they need to learn and how they need to learn it is paramount and can be achieved if we rethink out approach and use technology to provide the avenues, opportunities and resources for learning. If you are interested in what Graham Johnson has to say, he has a really good blog flippingmath where he goes to a lot of trouble to make his concepts and ideas clear. The end of the video gives you references to his other web sites. In my own classroom I tend to work on a couple of things at a time , teach the language , grammar and cultural content and then we get to the stage where we have what is called flex-time in the video. That is my time to help students individually, their time to help each other, our time to grow ideas and an opportunity to really get creative with their assignments if they want to . They usually want to and I try to point them to tools and ideas which will help them do something more interesting as they practice their new language patterns. For me this is independent learning time. This is where the resource library of the first flipped classroom post is invaluable. You need ready access to the resources which will teach and inspire and you need to encourage students to find their own really good resources which they share.. We also have two online language learning resources – one paid and one free which students love so they can use that if they have completed the current work. These online learning sites are a critical part of a flipped classroom in my opinion. They can fill gaps, provide incentive to learn and practise, have the gaming feel students are familiar with, offer learning options and rewards and generally create a valuable layer of learning which we did not have prior to using technology .They offer a different approach and encourage independent learning. Classrooms are no longer the one size fits all. They are moving into a  real methodology which is teaching students according to their needs because we have far more tools at our disposal and a whole world to consult.

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