THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM
The flipped classroom reverses the traditional education model by removing lectures from classroom and turning homework into classwork. As a teacher we must start flipping the classroom with simple activities and then while our students are more comfortable and confident the work turns little by little harder.
A flipped classroom creates a fundamental change in teaching and learning by removing lectures from the classroom and creating dynamic groups, students learn from the teacher at home when they are in class they learn from each other and then to assess them, at this time students can apply knowledge individually.
Flipped classroom it’s not about technology in the classroom, it's about creating a learning environment that teaches students how to share thoughts, participate and experience different environments and ways to learn not just listening.
The different things between a traditional classroom form a flipped one:
• The way content is delivered:
Articles, images, pod-casts, websites, videos, chat rooms etc…
Using these tools we must be clear in our presentations and cover every learning style trying to follow Howard Gardner’s theory “MI” so students grasp the information in their own pace and depending of the kind of learner they are (individually). Let’s not forget the main point of this is to reach all of the different learning styles and the way we present our content.
• The way content is applied:
Project - based learning, group learning / discussions, case study, lab activity, debate, student-created videos, peer review work, menus (students will select their own activities to do or discuss) in order to show how much they master the content.
Teachers must focus on how students apply the content and their peer work; how are they working together In order to master the material.
• And the way content is assessed (formally and informally - formative summative).
Project - based learning, case study, lab activity, debate, student-created videos, peer review work, self-evaluation, portfolios, (review games teacher/student created).
First of all we must centre our attention in the main objectives, if our students acquired the knowledge, if they can apply that knowledge from one to another, and if they owned that content or knowledge.
And a very important advice: students must not be surprised by assessments.
Furthermore, let’s make sure that assessment and learning objectives MATCH.