The Flipped Classroom model has been a popular buzzword/concept over the past few years and its approach can have many definitions. What makes it so interesting and why are we still hearing about it? The teachers who have adopted this model are reaping the benefits and wishing they’d tried this approach sooner!
Using a Flipped Classroom approach has many benefits that not only help your students and parents/guardians, but YOU as teachers, too.
Using the Flipped Classroom approach allows you to:
- give students time to digest a concept at home spending as long as they need to develop the foundational knowledge necessary to go deeper on the learning
- make homework more engaging as we can avoid the traditional paper and pencil worksheets
- provide built-in support tools so that students don’t have to scour the internet, a textbook, their backpack, or phone-a-friend to get what they need
- give parents quality time with their children rather than a night full of frustrating arguments about getting their homework done
- avoid hunting down students to turn in their homework assignments
- see what/when students have completed their homework so you know they’re on task
- escape the countless hours of entering the homework grades into the student/parent portal/grade book
- go home without a load of homework paperwork to grade so you can have a life!
In the Flipped Classroom model using ClassPace™, you’ll be able to see a dashboard view of the lesson(s) you assigned your class or classes and determine where your students struggled most so you can go deeper on the learning and increase higher order thinking skills. You’ll be able to develop small group instruction teams based on what you’ve learned from those reports so you can cover several different concepts more efficiently and effectively with your students. This makes differentiation and personalization more easily accessible for you as an educator!
You’ll find by using ClassPace as a homework assignment, your students won’t dread their homework and they’ll be excited to go further in their learning with you at school.
Let’s discuss what a Flipped Classroom is and how ClassPace can support this implementation model.
Flipping the Classroom
We hear a lot about Flipped Classroom and Blended Learning, so what is the difference? Simply put, implementing a Flipped Classroom Model IS a Blended Learning approach. For this blog I will be focusing on the Flipped Classroom model only, but it’s important to highlight that the Flipped Classroom model resides within the bigger umbrella of Blended Learning.
Just like the phrase implies, we’re doing something different in our classrooms when we implement a Flipped Classroom Model. We’re breaking away from the ‘traditional’ and ‘flipping’ our instruction around. What we would normally be teaching as direct instruction in class would be given to students to watch/review outside of our core classroom. Students can then take notes and jot down questions that this new concept provokes. What would then be considered ‘typical’ homework would be completed in class, allowing for learning through activity and teacher scaffolded support.
Some Benefits of a Flipped Model:
- Puts student-centered learning in the forefront.
- Provides more opportunity for effective learning through activity.
- Minimizes homework frustration for students and parents.
- Allowing more quality time with family at home.
- Allows students to get instant feedback due to teachers having more time to work in small groups or 1:1 during core class time.
- Allows for more student collaboration and discussion with peers, therefore increasing higher order thinking.
- Encourages student accountability, motivation, and engagement.
- Teachers can spend more time revisiting and working with students on concepts they may be having trouble understanding.
It’s worth noting that a flipped classroom is not necessarily a one-size-fits-all model. Just like our students are unique, so are our classrooms, schools, and districts – and therefore, teachers may need to ‘tweak’ their flipped classroom model. However, one thing is consistent with a flipped classroom model: moving the introduction to new content to outside core classroom time.
The Flipped Classroom and Bloom’s Taxonomy
Think about how we typically teach in a gradual release of responsibility model, and where the different phases of the model can be applied to the different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
A gradual release model starts with direct instruction. This is typically on the ‘lower end’ of the higher order thinking spectrum. As students are ‘released’ to engage in application, analysis, evaluation, and creation stages, they move into more complex higher order thinking skills. This is where we want our students to be. We want them thinking deeper about the content they are interacting with. These are also the stages within Bloom’s Taxonomy that we want our students to spend most of their time. In a Flipped classroom, teachers can spend more time working with students in small groups or 1:1 that lend to opportunities for higher order thinking activities.
Another benefit to a Flipped Classroom is allowing students to have more time to develop those higher order thinking skills!
One of Odysseyware’s newest features is the addition of ClassPace. ClassPace is a personalized, flexible, and engaging digital tool that allows teachers to create ‘playlists’ for students to have voice and choice of assigned content. ClassPace is an instructional tool for Blended Learning implementations, including the Flipped Classroom model. ClassPace is exceptionally powerful for teachers and schools looking to offer highly flexible, differentiated and personalized learning for their students. In ClassPace:
- Teachers create ‘classes’ of students. These classes can consist of the whole class or differentiated groups of students all working towards the same goal.
- Learning playlists offering flexibility and student agency.
- Content consisting of individual lessons and projects, rather than moving sequentially through an entire course.
ClassPace in a Flipped Model Classroom
Below is an example of how some teachers are leveraging ClassPace for their Flipped classroom.
Teachers first create ‘classes’ of students. These classes can consist of your whole class or differentiated groups of students.
Students spend typically 5–10 minutes outside of class viewing the new content, making notes and jotting down questions.
Students have embedded support and literacy tools to help them while away from the teacher, making content accessible to all learners. Such supports include:
- Text to speech (including male vs female voices, and three different speeds).
- Highlighting and tracking features.
- Translation of content in 23 languages with audio support for ELL or dual language immersion program students.
- Built in vocabulary support that includes text to speech for words and definitions.
During core class time, students work in peer collaboration groups on learning activities, or 1:1 with teachers for scaffolded support on questions.
Follow-up extends the opportunity for student evaluation through application, projects, and more.
Teachers will always know how each student is understanding concepts and making progress through the content by means of the color-coded, teacher dashboard and item analysis report.
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