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Flip the Switch: Power up Learning with Flipped Classrooms

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tuesday, Feb. 20th, 2018 by Bari Gersten, ELB Education

Although the term, “Flipped Classroom” was first published by Daniel Pink seven years ago, teachers have successfully been using this teaching strategy for decades. A real transformation is taking place in our classrooms. In 2017, we have seen high school graduation rates continue to rise. Unfortunately, English language learners, students from low-income households or students with disabilities remain behind the curve of active engagement. It has become increasingly evident that the one-size-fits-all model of education fails to make the grade. The Flipped Classroom approach could help close this gap. 

Alan November, best-selling author and inspiring educator, recognises the crucial role of the teacher today; “more essential than ever, as students develop their capacity to question, discover, connect, collaborate and contribute and they are empowered by an increase in direction and management of their own learning.” Many have suggested that the teacher must wear a new hat. Around the country, classrooms are transforming as teachers strive to become “Activators” while giving up their roles as “Guide on the side” or also referred to, “Sage on the stage”. This is not an easy task but with careful planning and good classroom management, teachers can and will develop the skills and knowledge to effectively activate student learning.

Many would declare that a first step towards developing students who take responsibility for their learning is the pedagogy called Flipped Classroom. If your goal is to support and encourage students that are actively creating, collaborating, and constructing, then this type of blended learning might be just what you are looking for.

In the Flipped Classroom, the traditional learning environment is reversed by delivering instructional content, often online and outside the classroom. Such activities may have traditionally been considered homework and are now being completed during class time. Class time is used to do labs and interactive activities where students receive instant feedback and support from their teacher and peers. Students are self-directed and productively working together as the teacher provides support and criteria for success while engaging them with thought provoking direction.

A perfect addition for the Flipped Classroom is the Prowise interactive panel on the All-in-One Lift because it can be used in both small group and whole class instruction. The cloud-based Prowise Presenter software is easy to use for teachers as well as students both in and out of the classroom. Our Education Consultants have created a Flipped Classroom workshop that we would love to deliver to you and your colleagues so that you can learn more about this transformative strategy. Click here to learn about our professional development courses!

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