Flip Classroom Instruction: How to Guide Part 1

Flip Classroom Instruction, Reverse Instruction, Flipped Instruction, and Flipped Classroom are all names for the same instructional method.

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What is a Flipped Classroom?

A flipped classroom is where students receive the key instructional elements at home.  Then in the classroom, they apply the knowledge.  Instruction can be provided through videos, podcasts, websites, DVDs, CDs, or any other form that provides a clear instructional message.  In the classroom, students work together under the guidance of the teacher in applying the instruction to complex problems.

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Why Flip Classroom Instruction?

Using the flipped instructional model, teachers and students can spend more time working together and delving into complex problems.  Teachers are better able to meet Common Core Standards.  (Need Free Common Core Lesson Plans?)

Flip Classroom Student Benefits - Ed Tech Tips

It allows for greater differentiation in meeting student needs.  Students are able to review and replay the instructional segment as many times as necessary.  A variety of strategies and materials can be provided to meet the various student needs. This provides for those students who wish to move through the material quickly.  While those who need to take their time and process are also able to.  Students have greater control over their learning.

By flipping classroom instruction, the teacher is able to offer greater support. The teacher is present while students struggle with the application of the knowledge.  The teacher is there to respond to needs and answer questions.  It is possible to give small group assistance and work one-on-one with the students that need help.

Students who need extra review and remediation have the instruction at their fingertips.  They can review and study the instruction as often as necessary. Materials are archived and ready as needed.

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Flipped Classrooms increase student engagement.  All of the students enter the classroom on the same level.  Everyone is familiar with the content.  When the assignment is presented, the students are prepared.  They have been front-loaded. Students spend more time working on real problems and less time sitting and listening to instruction.

By providing instruction at home, parents understand the material and the method taught.  Parent involvement increases.

Students gain ownership of their learning.  Student involvement rises on all levels.  Projects, presentations, and deeper understanding meet the requirements of the Common Core standards. (Read Implementing Common Core Standards).  Choosing to flip classroom instruction meets the demands of today’s students, federal standards, and prepares students for the future.  Students become self-directed learners.

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So what is the difference between a Flipped Classroom and a Traditional Classroom?

The structure of the day is different and the use of time.  The traditional classroom has remained basically the same for hundreds of years.  It does not show changes in lifestyles or learning.

Flip Classroom verses Traditional Classroom - Ed Tech Tips

In a traditional classroom the class period is broken into several small segments.  The student has little time to work independently and most independent work is completed at home. In the flipped classroom, the entire class period is spent working and understanding content. The teacher is able to support each student as needed. The student is able to apply knowledge in class and the teacher is able to give assistance. There is enough time for group work and for independent work during class time.  The students watch the lecture and takes notes on their own time and bring questions to class.  These are steps students can easily do independently. The difficult part of using learned knowledge is conducted under the teacher’s tutelage.


When should You Flip Classroom


Flip classroom instruction when the content is challenging.  Topics that the students will struggle on are great topics to flip.  Flip your instruction when the students need greater differentiation, support, review, remediation, and engagement.  It is the perfect time for when you know students will benefit from plenty of face to face interaction and when you have a highly interactive involved activity.  Students get to apply, discuss, and make connections with the topic.

Flipped instruction is for topics that need greater depth of understanding.  It is not for memorizing procedures.  It is a technique that meets the demands of the Common Core in developing the complex problem solving abilities of students.  Get quick access to the Common Core Standards in an iPad App.

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