Shakespeare and Einstein couldn’t even count at a certain age. Luckily we are born to learn. Slowly but surely we stumble, slip, crawl, fall and fail. Until one day we walk. One foot in front of the other. One idea on top of the next. This is learning; knowing that you’ll get it even if you haven’t gotten it yet, because the most beautiful, complex concepts in the whole universe are built on basic ideas. One of the most efficient digital ways of helping learners create these ideas is through the site Khan Academy. This digital academy is a perfect example of how to flip your classroom as a teacher. It is a challenging concept for each teacher to redefine their traditional ways of instructing, but I will promise you, it will change your perspective entirely. In this essay I explain what it is and how to implement it.
As I was searching for various videos on American history, I stumbled upon www.khanacademy.org. I instantly fell in love. It has everything learners didn’t think they would need. One of those things are videos that give knowledge input in a way that hooks the learners immediately. Step by step the videos take you through the topic. People that oppose this new enhanced way of learning say that it lacks opportunities in which the pupils can ask a question. Khan Academy resolves this issue by providing everyone with a community wherein they can ask and answer questions on each specific subject. May this be Economics, Maths or Science.
Now that we know what Khan Academy is and does, we can focus on how we can apply this method into our classroom. In contrary to the traditional classroom wherein we as the teachers give a short introduction, instruction and activity, this method gives us the freedom to only focus on the theory-related task. The first step is giving pupils the theme of each lesson in advanced. By doing this you make sure that they know what they have to learn beforehand. When students are given the responsibility of their own learning, the students will become more autonomous. A way how this comes to light is when learners need to plan when they are going to listen to the video. Although this can be very difficult to measure at first, it does lead to a positive effect. The reason is that the learners can make notes in their own pace. A lot of students face the problem that they cannot keep up with the teacher’s instructions or slide shows. This is the perfect way of solving that.
The second and last step begins when the students come to your class. You begin and end the lesson with multiple activities that inquires the learners to use their input to practice. This may be a demanding task. Especially when you have gotten used to having control over the entire learning structure. If you as a teacher hand over some authority, trust will come your way eventually.
Through that trust the learners will evolve to a phase wherein they become self sufficient in their learning and you as a teacher can focus on accessible, adaptive and fun exercises. The end results are progressive students that come to class because they realize the importance of it. This way they can focus on the subject at hand and you can teach the way you always desired to teach.