Hi, I’m Ash Morris and I’d like to explain how I first discovered flip teaching and why I think it has an important role in the classroom.
I work in an outstanding college as a PE teacher and it was here while setting up a web site to support my A level students outside of class, I stumbled upon the term flipped learning. Over the next 5 years I researched and developed the method of flipped teaching. I used feedback from my students to create engaging videos that were easy to watch and were directly linked to the new PE curriculum. This pedagogical approach is innovative but also very simple. Come to the lesson knowing the basics of what you’re going to learn. That’s what prompted me to create this site, to share the PE resource with you.
Every year in teaching there appears to be a ‘trend’ in pedagogical practice. However, what I could see in my class convinced me to pursue the use of flip theory further. The pupil’s confidence in class increased, their ability to engage with more challenging questions happened quicker. The students were able to access higher order thinking skills sooner. The feedback was positive and the learners all appreciated the concise but accurate nature of the videos.
Looking back on the early videos they were OK. The biggest mistake was putting me on camera, I’m not photogenic. However, I felt that the videos needed to be more engaging. I tried to tap into more senses to enhance the learner experience, and retain the information. The application of the knowledge in the videos was the ultimate goal, showing the students what the theory meant in a sporting context. This is why I moved to creating better videos and this website. I’m confident that the videos have enhanced my classroom beyond recognition, and I want it to enhance yours.
Over the years I’ve got used to the sound of my own voice, and now I’ve developed a highly visual process that engages the learners. Instead of a narrative over power points, or just written words, I’ve created clear and engaging videos, that have either exam questions to check understanding, or practical examples embedded in the short 10 minute clips. This means that FlipTeach, is an opportunity to let your students work independently, and learn at their own pace outside of class.
The aim is to help as many teachers who have not flipped their class, take the first step. By simply registering and having an open mind, you can easily support you’re A level students outside the classroom. As the A level is seen as one of the biggest challenges students face, it’s here that I want to dedicate my efforts. Eventually, I want to be able to flip all subject areas in A level, and include GCSE, and more vocational studies.