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Have you Flipped your Classroom? How are you Using Class Time?

by Kelly Walsh on March 20, 2013

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One of the most challenging and most rewarding aspects of ‘the flip’ is how teachers use classroom time.

With the growing interest in this technology-enabled teaching technique, more and more teachers are tackling the challenging issue of how to use classroom time once they’ve made more traditional lecture content available outside of the classroom. When people first learn about the flipped classroom, there is a natural tendency to see it working well for math, applied sciences, and classes in art or music, where there are no shortage of “hands on” activities available to make the best use of classroom time, but the flip can also work well for social sciences, language arts, and humanities types of courses as well.

In their book, “Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day” Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams offer ideas about how to use the valuable face-to-face class time that results from flipping learning content. Some of their suggestions for these types of courses include, “delve deep into document analysis”, and “debate, give speeches, conduct pro se court, and discuss what students are learning more deeply …”.

Another example from “Flip Your Classroom” that took me a little by surprise, but makes a ton of sense once you learn of it, is  about flipping Physical Education classes.

“Physical education teachers report that the spend too much time teaching students things like the rules of games and some of the techniques. When teachers began making videos (with a video camera) of rules, students can come to class and quickly get top moving their bodies and participating in the important physical education activities.”

Of course, there’s probably no better way to bring this idea to life than to hear from teachers who have done it. Whether you have flipped a couple lectures or your entire course, in any subject, we would love to hear from you about how you have used your time. Readers love to learn what others are doing, and you may very well pick up some great ideas by reading the contributions that others make. Also, I am in the process of writing a book about this subject, and reader input will be considered for inclusion.

Please take a moment to comment and share your experiences (or even just your thoughts on how you might approach this if you haven’t actually done it yet). Thanks!

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Flipped Classroom Successes in Higher Education
Gathering Evidence that Flipping the Classroom can Enhance Learning Outcomes
Add Voice Over to PowerPoint Presentations in 5 Easy Steps

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer and a faculty member at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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