Flipping Classrooms

Since I’m so infatuated with the internet right now: we talked a bit about “flipping classrooms” in my Ed. Tech. class today, and the Prof. showed us the Ted Ed page (which is chalk full of flipped lessons).

A flipped lesson, if you didn’t know, is sort of how it sounds: you “flip” what you do in the classroom, ie. you do “homework” in class and “classwork” at home.  The idea is that students need more personalized and one-on-one attention during the times when they are doing repeated exercises (or what is generally assigned as homework) than they do during lecture.  Basically, for homework you would have students watch a video with some explicit instruction and then when they came to class you would have them work on the problems, activities, assignments that accompany that lesson.  For example, in a math class you would give students the link to a video explaining the quadratic equation and then in class you would help students through the bazillion math problems that is, apparently, necessary to learn math.  For English, I think it would have to look slightly different (since a lot of homework is reading… which should probably still be done outside of class), so I’m not sure how effective it could be, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

TED Ed

Here are a couple of the videos Ted had with some quick questions to prepare students for the flipped class:

Making Sense of Spelling

and

How did English Evolve?

Personally, I liked the videos, and while I’m not entirely sure I would flip my class, I might still use videos like these for homework.

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