A Journey Through Technology

Week 3: Which emerging pedagogy appeals most to you, and might be most useful for your classroom and students? Why?

on June 4, 2016

This week I looked at the options for emerging technology and immediately was drawn to a flipped classroom. I’ve been contemplating flipping my classroom for a few years, so this really fits with the direction I want to move with my classroom. Our district just put a group of teachers, including me, through some training and provided us with mobile laptop/tablets to use in our classrooms to encourage us to use blended learning in our classrooms, so I feel like a flipped classroom also fits well into their vision for our classrooms.

But what is flipped learning? “Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.” (The Teacher’s Guide to Flipped Classrooms) I teach Chemistry, which can be a hard subject for a lot of students. In the past, I have found that students tend to struggle when they try to practice concepts at home, and I have always felt that students could benefit from doing notes at home instead of in class. By having students obtain information on their own, either at home or during other parts of the school day, I will have more time in class for hands-on learning and more engaging activities.

I would give students access to resources where they can learn about topics, such as Kahn Academy, TEDEd, and Flipped Learning Network (Learning Resources, 2016) and then use class time to reinforce those new concepts. “By providing an opportunity for students to use their new factual knowledge while they have access to immediate feedback from peers and the instructor, the flipped classroom helps students learn to correct misconceptions and organize their new knowledge such that it is more accessible for future use.” (Brame, 2013) I see students so often not connecting ideas from lecture to the activities we do in class, so hopefully flipping the classroom will provide better opportunities to make those connections and build a better foundation of knowledge.

I’m excited to explore more with flipping my classroom and hope to start using it this coming fall in all of my classes.

References:

Brame, C. J. (2013). Flipping the Classroom. Retrieved June 03, 2016, from https://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/flipping-the-classroom/

Learning Resources. (2016). Retrieved June 03, 2016, from http://flippedinstitute.org/learning-resources

The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms. (n.d.). Retrieved June 03, 2016, from http://www.edudemic.com/guides/flipped-classrooms-guide/

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3 responses to “Week 3: Which emerging pedagogy appeals most to you, and might be most useful for your classroom and students? Why?

  1. Sarah, chemistry seems like the perfect subject to teach with flipped learning. When students have the opportunity to engage and wrestle with the text on their own, I would guess that they would be ready to receive instruction and participate in learning activities in class. Their background knowledge should already be activated and they should at least have a beginning knowledge of some of the vocabulary and ideas that you’ll be working with in class. They can come with ideas and questions already generated. Good luck with using a flipped classroom next year!

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  2. edtech133 says:

    Hi Sara, I like your ideas for flipping your classroom. Since there is so much you can do in chemistry, I agree that it would be beneficial to cover the basics at home while devoting class time to practice and going deeper into a given topic. So much of what teachers spend time on (particularly me in the SpEd world) is repetitive and base knowledge. While we want them to have this reservoir of knowledge, it is not enough. It is only the starting point to build on so that real learning can occur. For me, it means covering decoding and vocabulary as the “base” before moving on to deep comprehension and appreciation for the text, whether it be it’s beauty or usefulness.

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  3. Aleta says:

    Sarah,

    After reading your post, I can sense how excited you are about how using flipped learning would literally turn your classes around in so many ways. For those students who miss class or don’t watch the lessons at home, they still have an opportunity to do so in class. Generally there is much emphasis on more student and less teacher (on stage) in classes—this is the direction education is going in now. So students would still be able to participate in activities, even if they need to take time to watch lessons and complete notes during class time. I think seeing the rest of the class participate in actual lab work will motivate them to complete notes to recordings at home so they will be ready to participate, experiment, and present in class.
    Thank you for co-hosting a great Twitter Session this week!

    Aleta

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