Flip the Classroom!

Open House … we enter the 7th grade hallway into Justin’s next class.  Balance balls,  talking about a student-centered classroom, online video and quick assessment at home, individualized guidance and instruction in class.  Wow – a whirlwind of new information and concepts!  Welcome to 7th grade math for Justin this year  at Landstown Middle where his teacher is Flipping the Classroom.  I was SO intrigued that after hearing about the approach I came home and did a little research.  I’m excited to see how it goes this year.

The question – how can our teachers get kids more engaged in learning, and individualize their teaching more than in the normal lecture style.  Not sure about your kiddo, but our youngest can definitely zone out in a lecture where he is just taking notes.  The Flipped Learning concept tries to change that – flips introductory learning to online videos and quick assessments to see what kids understood/retained, the the work to apply the concepts (what was HW before) is done in the classroom, with individualized attention based on their prep work the evening before.    And since our kids’ generation is so comfortable with online content, so the instructional videos may work out.  And we can watch them together so that we can see how the concept was taught and help them if needed.

I love the little graphic below:  teacher goes from Sage on the Stage … to Guide on the Side, coming alongside the kids to reinforce the concepts and help them apply it.

source: http://ketabstudio.com/wp-data/imgs/img_flipped-learning-main-photo.png

Our kids grew up in Montessori settings through about second grade before they went to mainstream schools, and that individualized approach is what we have missed at times.   And I especially like the idea of elevating the level of activity and engagement while the kids are in class vs passively listening or taking notes.

Not sure how many teachers are trying this at LMS, but excited to be a part of it!

So here’s how it works:

source: https://learningsciences.utexas.edu/sites/default/files/flippedgraphic(web1100px)_0.png
source: https://learningsciences.utexas.edu/sites/default/files/flippedgraphic(web1100px)_0.png
  1. Teachers create/post instructional video content on a secure teaching site (we are using Edmodo)
  2. Kids have a short homework segment – 15 to 30 minutes to watch the video that may introduce a concept, then take a quick assessment to help the teacher gauge their level of understanding.  (what would have been taught in class in the traditional classroom)
  3. In class, the teacher can then individualize the instruction to the students – meet them where they’re at.  (what would have been homework in the traditional classroom.)

I will try to post updates periodically on how the ‘flipped classroom’ is working out for us.  Would love to hear from anyone else who has experienced a Flipped Classroom.  Fingers crossed!

Love that our middle school is trying out these innovations in learning!!  Go Landstown Middle School!! 


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