Think before you flip

We are so lucky to have technology. We can really help each other. If you are thinking of trying a flipped classroom John Sowash (@jrsowash) has been kind enough to share his thoughts about what he could have avoided and what he wished he had known. He is very honest and straight forward. You cannot help but learn from him. The video is clear, effective and very practical in its help which is what you need as a teacher. Flipping the classroom is about making the best use of time, technology and resources. It is about thinking out your approach and your methodology so that your classroom time and the  access you have to technology allows you to create learning which is more flexible, more appropriate and uses everything you now have at your disposal in a more fluid way. Read the comments under the video. One person says to start small and that is a good piece of advice. Don’t try to do everything at once. My little video from yesterday is now something students can access at any time but it is also something I can use at any time. It is also available for students who missed the lesson or who cannot come to school for whatever reason. My classroom is still my classroom but it now reaches out to parents and students and critical parts of it are now available on my blogs , online elsewhere and as files which I can email if necessary. It is something you work towards. John Sowash points out some of the pitfalls in a way you will understand . mathjohnson further explains in his video what a flipped classroom is NOT and so , by now, you might have a clearer idea of where to start.

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2 Responses

  1. I’m glad you found my video helpful! The flipped classroom worked very well for my Anatomy course, but took a LOT Of work to setup and organize. The flipped classroom is certainly not the “easy” method of teaching!

    • No, it is not easy to set up but in the end it is more satisfying and you benefit from it. Students value it too because they have better choices and ways of doing things. Guess we all like a challenge. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post.

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