How to Flip

How to Flip

One of the best things about flipping your classroom 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 centred. 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 Cornell 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 and encourages active learning.
  • 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. Here we are using a blended learning technique, an online learning tool with a traditional child centred approach in the classroom.

We always do a few questions at the beginning
and the lesson just flows from there.

flipped teaching
  • 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 learning. Two things, first is the completion of notes, but more powerfully the fact that everyone knows the subject. One of the bi-products is the confidence of learners, and therefore, I believe an increase in student well being.
  • Depending on the subject I will now use problems or questions for the students to solve. Lets stick with the A level PE biomechanics as the chosen subject, I would 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 because of the flipped videos.
  • 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. You can access higher order thinking much quicker because the basics are already known.