Classroom Flip

”TELL me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn”, was a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin. From the moment we quoted him up till now, a lot of things have changed in the way pupils learn a curriculum at school. Looking at the involvement of our students, can we truly say that as modern teachers we have succeeded to embody what Benjamin said? By flipping the classroom of course! What this means and how we can use it is all explained in this blog. Read on and you will see how you as a teacher can involve every student in your class with less effort and more fun.

For starters I need to explain what it is. The term flipping a classroom explains actually what it entails, namely that the structure is flipped inside out.  How you might ask? Well, by giving the theory in the form of an instruction video which they are inquired to see at home. With this in mind, the learner becomes more responsible and autonomous in his own learning process. This enables the classroom to become the moment in which they practice or even reproduce content based on their home assignments. By flipping the classroom we use this SAMR tool to redefine the structure of our curriculum. Most teachers are sceptical of whether or not the learners will actually watch the informational videos. This all depends on how you introduce this tool and how alluring your videos are. A key aspect in making this work is to keep on trying to stimulate the learners into being more involved. Lastly one tip is to give your students a little bit of your trust and hope, who knows? Maybe they will surprise you.

Secondarily this idea for a blog came to me when I met a History teacher by coincidence at a park. Isn’t it funny how two random people can start talking to each other just by sharing a passion for education? At this brief encounter I learned a lot from him on flipping classrooms. This History teacher began to use this tool because of many feedback from learners. He explained that the students were actually eager to learn but were never able to do it in their own way. In the form of flipping the classroom, differentiation takes place outside the lesson. Opponents of this idea become frustrated even to think of this structure because they cannot check up on what the learners have actually studied.  Reality shows that it’s on the contrary. For example, when the learners come into your class they have the opportunity to use every word or sentence they have learned into practice. The students who have not done this, will always stand out because of their confused faces.  The History teacher told many tales about his successes of flipping a classroom. At the end of that conversation he gave me one advice, he said: ‘’Even in tough moments, never stop challenging yourself to achieve the highest goal of them all which is giving the learners the feeling that they are actually learning something significant’’.

Lastly this blog aims to give food for thought to the teachers that are stuck in routine. Break the chains and come to a world where new enhanced teaching starts. What will be your reward you ask? A curriculum with challenges which gives you room to have fun again.  This eventually will create a bond between you and the learners that you weren’t able to have before.

 

Want to know more ways to differentiate? Check out the blog: ‘The equal treatment of unequals’.

 

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