Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Flipped Classrooms

You may have heard that flipped and blended learning are transforming school and university classrooms, but what exactly is a flipped classroom?

For many schools, with the teacher at the front and students seated in rows, the classroom has barely changed in the last century. But, today we know that there's no 'one size fits all' approach to learning. The idea behind a flipped model of education is that much of the content is covered outside of the classroom through bite sized video clips, quizzes and collaborative on-line discussions. Subsequently deeper learning can occur in the classroom through face to face discussion which can apply, evaluate and contextualise the content, as well as enhancing collaborative activities, strengthening relationships, and developing communication skills and other key competencies. 

The end result is a personalised, engaging learning experience for every student — whatever their learning style, pace, or ability.      

This term in room three we have been trialling a flipped classroom approach with our literacy learning. In practise, I have created a learning website and placed our literacy learning information online. Having the learning available online has enabled children to access the learning material at school and from home.  Scarlet and Izzy have already been accessing and working on their learning at home.  If a child is away from school for a time, when they return to school, they can still be up to date. Their class time remains focused and engaging and we are able to continue our learning without children being left behind or needing to catch up.  Our children have been very focused and extremely engaged, and because of this, I have been able to explicitly focus on specific children and their learning needs.          

Our learning site can be accessed from this link:

I also developed a simple music site children can access and learn how to play the ukulele:

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