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School of Thought

Insights & Ideas for Online Teaching

10 reasons to flip your classroom

1. Flip to reach students anywhere, any way, any time and at any place.

Find students where they are. Most teenagers spend a great deal of their time attached to a device linked to the internet. They connect with each other, they connect outside their own circles, find resources, exchange information and learn. Why not take advantage of this? The educator can use this same technology to connect students to the content necessary to learn for the classroom.

2. Flip to aid over scheduled and/or chronically absent students.

Students have access to the digital resources on their time. No matter what their schedule looks like. Students can get ahead, catch-up, keep-up, follow-up and review, when the academic environment provides access wherever and whenever.

3. Flip to improve your students' learning skills.

When you give students the opportunity to learn on their terms and hold them accountable, students will adjust accordingly. This type of learning demands that study skills, organizational skills and time management skills be addressed as students balance their daily schedules with the expectations of the learning environment of your classroom.

4. Flip to provide alternative access for all ability levels.

The teacher can provide a variety of choices in the digital content resources. This allows for differentiation within each classroom in the delivery of content and the activities for assessment and accountability in the classroom environment.

5. Flip to allow students to pause, rewind, and fast-forward their teacher.

Students can view the digital resources at their own pace, as often as they need to and whenever they need to. Through the digital portal they can check for their own understanding, take notes, repeat sections, and review at a later date.

6. Flip to increase student-teacher interaction.

It may seem that digital content resources would make the teaching-learning dynamic less personal, but in reality the classroom activity provides additional time to provide one-on-one and small group assistance which actually increases the student-teacher interaction.

7. Flip to improve classroom management.

In an environment where students understand the value of learning and see the application of the content in action there are less students who find methods to be a distraction to the learning process and therefore there is less need to address discipline issues.

8. Flip to educate parents and other stakeholders.

Administrators, advisors, counselors, tutors, and most of all parents can have access to your digital content resources and can become facilitators and guides to assist the student in the pursuit of learning and knowledge.

9. Flip to make your class more transparent.

District administrators, school administrators, advisors, counselors, tutors, and most of all parents can have access to your digital content resources and can see what your teaching and what students should be learning.

The online portals offer access to the world, bringing experts into your learning environment at zero cost.

10. Flip to teach when you are absent.

Do you hate to be absent because it takes more work to create lessons that are educational and do not waste the student’s time? Is it difficult to create lessons that any substitute can oversee? Do you avoid professional development opportunities because it takes too much energy to get students back on track? Flipping your class can eliminate most of these issues as the content has already been delivered and students are comfortable working on their own or in peer group learning modules. You can even post the instruction in the digital learning resource to make students aware of the expectations for their learning.  
 

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