It’s Flipped Learning Day, an occasion to celebrate the education strategy that Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams developed to deepen learning and make classrooms more student-centered.
In a nutshell, flipping your classroom means asking students to study the material on their own time — often by viewing recorded lectures or using other digital materials — in order to free up class time for hands-on learning, small-group projects and one-on-one support. After all, that’s where the magic of learning really happens — in the classroom, where students can ask questions, offer solutions and develop their critical-thinking skills.
Not sure how to go about flipping your classroom? Here are eight articles that will give you the inspiration, research and know-how you need to get started.
Four strategies that make the most of flipped learning. Find out why Bergmann and Sams think flipped learning is not a cure-all, but a gateway toward some of the most powerful learning and teaching strategies out there.
Five things you should know about flipped learning. The process of flipping a classroom comes with growing pains. Bergmann and Sams encourage you to keep a few things in mind as you implement flipped learning.
A flipped journey: How PBL rescued my classroom. Fifth grade teacher Todd Nesloney writes about his evolution with flipped learning and shares the misconceptions he once had about what it is and what it isn’t.
Flipped dilemma: What to do when kids don’t have internet. Nesloney shares four ways to make flipped learning work in a classroom where many students do not have internet at home.
What if you flipped a school? If you think flipping a classroom is child’s play, find out how Greg Green flipped his entire school and read with envy about how achievement soared.
Flipped classroom 101. In this video, Sams answers common questions about flipping a classroom. Find out how, for example, you can make sure all kids have access to the digital materials and what software he uses to edit videos.
Use mind maps to reinforce flipped learning. Trang Phan explains that the flipped classroom can be as unproductive as simply assigning students Chapter 5 to read at home if they’re not engaged with the video, interacting with it and learning from it.
Flip your classroom with instructional screencasts. Tamara Letter illustrates how educators can use the flipped model to provide small-group remediation while teaching new concepts to the entire class by creating their own screencasts.
Hungry for more flipped learning advice? Check out six flipped learning titles from Bergmann and Sams.