A couple of months ago, I already mentioned the concept of the flipped classroom. Here’s a great map . And i’m really giving it a go now. Hooray. Together with Konni, a very cool trainee at my school, I went trough all the course material of the unit we’re going to flip. (English G 21, A4 -Unit 2) At first it seemed like we’re only adding things to the curriculum but all of a sudden everything worked out just fine.
We’ve decided to put a clear focus on oral communication, which means the students will talk a lot. The will talk a lot in English. Most of the tasks involve watching videos on Thanksgiving and the first settlers, but there are also some fun videos, e.g. Sesame Street. We’ve also manage to flip the grammar bits of the unit, eg. we’re using songs to repeat the grammar. So at the moment, it seems like we’ll have a hell of a great lesson plan and Konni and I don’t have to make fools of ourselves, because before the started actually working on the unit, I’d feared that we have to make many movies ourselves. That’s just not true. There’s a lot of great material out there, we simply compile it and, okay, there will be the odd video staring us…
I hope that the flipped classroom doesn’t put a burden on the kids, but that they benefit from the time they work together with their peer. I expect their fluency and accuracy to improve over the course, they should gain confidence talking English. They should also learn to respect the feedback of their learning buddies and not rely solely on the feedback of their teachers. *mental note to myself… maybe i should add a self-evaluation at the beginning and the end of the unit*
Half an hour on quora, and already thinking outside my box… That’s what I call efficient 🙂
I stumpled upon a thing called „flipping the classroom“ and I’m loving it already. It’s finally a usage of vodcasts that i regard as useful. The whole idea of flipping the classroom is that you swap class room activities with traditional school activities:
The flipped classroom model encompasses any use of using Internet technology to leverage the learning in your classroom, so you can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. This is most commonly being done using teacher created videos (aka vodcasting) that students view outside of class time.
It is called the flipped class because the whole classroom/homework paradigm is „flipped“. What used to be classwork (the „lecture“) is done at home via teacher-created videos and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class.
The Flipped Classroom
It’s great for sciences, and I’m optimistic that it works for languages, too. And wouldn’t it be great if the students were actually able to speak and write and collaborate in my classroom? I’m convinced that you cannot do it on your own, it is quite a bit of work. So I have to find colleagues who share my enthusiasm and give it a go. Let’s start with one topic, and see how it goes…
41 days to go… Anybody interested?