The Flipped Classroom

Reaching Every Student

So what does it mean to "flip" the classroom?

"That which is traditionally done in class is now done at home, and that which is traditionally done as homework is now completed in class." -Flip Your Classroom

What Does Flipping Look Like?

  • Class time is centered on the students, not the teacher.
  • The teacher takes on the role of tutor more so than presenter of information.
  • Class time is spent on in-depth learning, answering questions, guided and independent practice, activities/projects.
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  • Gives students the ability to learn in their own language.
  • Helps busy students.
  • Helps struggling students.
  • Helps students of all abilities to excel.
  • Allows students to pause and rewind their teacher.
  • Increases student-teacher interaction.
  • Allows teachers to know their students better.
  • Allows for real differentiation.
  • Changes classroom management.

The Flipped Classroom IS NOT...

The Flipped Classroom is not...

How Do I Flip?

AVOID technology for technology's sake!

Plan Your Lesson

  • What is your objective?
  • What tools do you need to teach the lesson?

The Videos

  • Take video of a year's worth of instruction or make videos as you go.
  • Seek out video resources: Discovery Education, Learn Zillion, Khan Academy, YouTube, or Brain Pop.

Video Resources...Discovery Education streaming, YouTube Education, Learn Zillion, Google.

Record, Edit, Publish

  • Record your videos using a webcam, screen-casting software, and any other tools necessary (stylus pad, Interactive whiteboard, etc.).
  • Publish your videos to Youtube and then provide your students links on your classroom website.
  • Consider using Google Classroom, Edmodo, or Schoology as an information hub for flipped lessons and discussion.

Tools for Flipping

Other Tools

Google Drive
SMART Recorder (comes with SMART Notebook software)

Flipped Classroom Lesson Example

Flipped Classroom Examples


What did you notice about the flipped examples?

Length of video?




Get Inspired!

The Flipped Classroom by Aaron Sams

Flipping the Elementary Classroom

Don’t flip a class: Flip a lesson.

  • Think of the flipped class as another technique in your arsenal.
  • Start with a lesson that students struggle with and make a short video. An easy way to determine what to make a video of is to ask yourself: What do I constantly have to repeat or what do kids really need extra help on?
  • Keep the video to no more than 10 min and shorter if you have younger kids. I think the rule of thumb might be 1-2 min per grade level.
  • Make sure you figure out how the students are going to access the video. Are you going to post it to your website, to YouTube (this might be tricky with younger kids since some parents might not want their kids on YouTube). Also make sure that all kids have a way to access the videos. If you teach in a school with access issues, then make sure you solve this problem before class.
  • You might also not assign the video as homework, but make it a center in your classroom for students who struggle and/or need extra help.
  • Figure out how you will check to see if they have watched the video. You could have them take notes on paper or you might have them give feedback via a google form. There are lots of ways to check student work.

Taken from Turning Learning on Its Head.