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How to Flip Your Classroom in 5 Easy Steps

How to Flip Your Classroom in 5 Easy Steps

By Sarah Bright

The flipped classroom is becoming a reality in many schools, mixing technology with traditional teaching methods. In doing so, both the class environment and the lessons become more personal and learning retention ultimately increases.

What is a Flipped Classroom?

In traditional classrooms, the teacher is the main focus of the lesson and students look directly to them for guidance and feedback. Students are also tasked with reading from a textbook or practicing the material outside of school.

However, a flipped classroom is a “form of blended learning in which students learn content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and homework is done in class with teachers and students discussing and solving questions. Teacher interaction with students is more personalized—with guidance instead of lecturing.”

In 2012, 48 percent of teachers flipped at least one lesson, and in 2014, this number grew to 78 percent. There are a growing number of teachers using this technique and many statistics to back it up.

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How Can You Flip Your Classroom?

There are many different ways to successfully flip your classroom. Here are five simple steps to get you started.

Step 1: Create a video recording.

One of the most common ways to flip your classroom is to turn your in-class lecture into an online video recording. Record your lecture using a tool such as Camtasia or ScreenFlow.

Here are 12 tools to get you started and 5 best practices to follow.

Step 2: Share with students.

After you have created your lecture recording, post it online or via an LMS for your students to view outside of class. When they come to class, post-lecture, they should be ready to discuss and collaborate.

Step 3: Encourage students to prepare.

Clearly state the expectations for your students and the goal of at-home lectures. Give your students a course syllabus and consider handing out a lecture or assignment calendar as well. You can also encourage students to prepare for class by having frequent pop quizzes or lecture quizzes throughout the year.

Step 4: Provide in-class activities.

Your students have already listened to your lecture at home, so class time is for discussion and lesson work. It’s important to you use the class time to give immediate feedback to your students and answer questions regarding the lecture. Facilitate and encourage class discussions to inspire collaboration and learning.

More: How to Use Online Discussion Forums in Your Flipped Classroom

Step 5: Repeat.

In a fully flipped classroom, all the lectures are out of class. This means you need to have your lectures prerecorded, uploaded online and ready to go. Remember to have all your in-class activities planned out ahead of time as well, like you would with a traditional lesson plan.

With these 5 easy steps, you’ll be on your way to a flipped classroom in no time. Want to learn more? Check out the difference between a flipped classroom and flipped learning to decide what method is best for your classroom.

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