MiddSouth Innovates

Issue #12

Flipped Classroom Is Dead. Long Live Flipped Learning.

By now, you have probably heard of (or even tried) the Flipped Classroom. This is the idea that the students watch a teacher's lecture on video outside of class and then complete homework problems, with teacher guidance, in class. While this method is popular, it is not sustainable because you aren't really changing how the learning is happening only where it is happening. The key to really changing your classroom lies in Flipped Learning: the idea that direct instruction is now individual and the classroom space is being used for more innovative learning methods such as guided-inquiry, spider-web discussions, and problem-based learning. Here are some examples of teachers in various subject areas who have made the switch to Flipped Learning:

As you can see, Flipped Learning is not a Math & Science strategy. No matter what method you choose to use, always consider, "What is the best use of my face to face time with my students?"

Active Learning Straight Ahead

It's May which means sunnier days, flowers blooming, and students who don't want to sit in their seats for long periods of time. As much as we may be wishing for Summer Break, school is far from over. So, how do we continue to move through the curriculum and still keep students engaged? The key is to keep them active. Here are some Active Learning Strategies that you can start using tomorrow without major modifications to the lessons you already have prepared.

  • Reduce and Remember--to help them review either that day's lesson or even an entire unit, have them condense all of their notes to fit on one side of a piece of paper. Or, have them work with a partner to create a poster that summarizes the lesson using no more than 10 words, but as many symbols, diagrams or pictures (or Emojis!) as they want.
  • The One Minute Paper--typically done at the end of class, this strategy has students write about the lesson (or topic of the teacher's choosing) for one minute. This can be done on paper or digitally and is used as a formative assessment to see what the students are taking away from the lesson.
  • Team Based Learning--is a pedagogical strategy that engages student knowledge through individual testing and group collaboration. Following individual answers, students join teams and work through problems, appealing when they are incorrect. This process motivates students by holding them accountable to themselves and one another, while introducing them to a variety of thought processes devoted to a single problem. To increase motivation and introduce a fun gaming environment, instructors often group their students into teams and have them compete on various classroom learning tasks.
  • Effective Lecturing--so sometimes you need to lecture, but you still want to keep the students engaged in what you are saying. Studies show that even the smallest student interaction will help increase engagement and student retention. Maybe it is a Think-Pair-Share or a Garage Demo or even a quick response using PollEverywhere, pausing the lecture for a moment and having the students engage with the information will ensure longer retention of material.

If you are looking for additional information, there are a variety of sources that are available, but a great place to start is this site for The Center For Teaching and Learning.

It's Never Too Early To Start Planning For Next Year

Hopefully you have found the information in the various issues of the MiddSouth Innovates informative and given you things to think about when planning for next year. If you would like help in the planning process or just want someone to bounce ideas off of, send Marc Seigel a message and he will setup a planning session.

No idea too big, no technology too small!