How to Flip
One of the best things about flipping your class room is that you probably do it already. By setting work for the students prior to the lesson you are creating a learning environment that is student centered. By using FlipTeach you are reinforcing the environment you’ve probably already created. However, if this is the first time that you have thought about flipping your classroom, then there are some simple guideline to support the students development.
- Review the content of the video so you know what is being covered. This can be done by watching the videos which are only ten minutes long.
- Give the students the video as their homework for the next lesson, for example, flipped biomechanics levers.
- Students bring their notes from the videos to the class. I always get the students to think of two question that they maybe want to know from the videos or clarification questions. This then stimulates conversation at the beginning of the lesson.
- I ask the students to place their notes face down on their desks at the start of the lesson. This reinforces the need for completion as well as not letting them use them during the knowledge checker at the start of the lesson.
We always do a few questions at the beginning and the lesson just flows from there.
- Prepare some form of knowledge checker at the beginning of the lesson. This can be a traditional quiz or questions on a white board for students to work in pairs. This is an excellent method of ensuring that students complete the flipped work. Two things, first is the completion of notes, but more powerfully the fact that everyone else knows the subject. All conversations and studies will flow from this points.
- Depending on the subject I will now use problems or questions for the students to solve. Lets stick with the levers as the chosen subject, I would then use an image and ask the students to work out which levers are being used. I can now go further and ask what are the advantages of this type of lever?
- The lesson can then move in whatever direction you think is best as you would in your normal lesson. However, the main difference is the level that your class are at the start of the lesson.
It’s a lot easier because I know the answers to the questions. It’s given me a lot of confidence in the subject.