‘Flipped learning’ and the ‘flipped classroom’ are phrases that many of you will be familiar with, but what is your understanding of these phrases, and how could this concept help us to teach more effective lessons?
My understanding of the ‘flipped classroom’ is enabling and empowering students as learners through encouraging independent thinking and independent work and allowing them some influence over the way they are being taught. The flipped classroom focuses on the student as a learner. This is not always easy and can feel as though we are taking risks, especially with exam classes, but evidence overwhelmingly suggests that this empowerment of pupils has a significantly positive impact on their learning.
A few ways that we can facilitate flipped learning:
- Provide students with a clear and detailed scheme of work which could include recommended reading and assessment questions – in this way, pupils can plan ahead for upcoming lessons and read around the subject.
- Give pupils a case study or an article or a chapter from a book, that they can apply their learning to. What can they understand from this? What questions do they still have? This could form the basis of a classroom discussion.
- Students interview each other about the preparation work they have completed for a lesson. They need to write up their partner’s summary of the material they have read and discuss this with the rest of the class, amending their own notes as they feel necessary.
I will be discussing these ideas, and more, in the next TeachMeet which takes place in week 2 on 19th January. In the meantime, please do add any ideas you have about how we can encourage a ‘flipped classroom’, and activities that you have used in your own lessons.