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Flipped Classroom Strategies for Success

Kayla Hammons Kayla Hammons January 11, 2017


Many teachers are rallying behind flipped classroom strategies like this is the most exciting method of the century, but how do we implement these changes successfully? We all want what is best for our students, and most teachers are willing to try anything to increase participation and retention. Through research, over various education levels, it has been found that there must be a mass overhaul of the way that we teach our classes. We have been struggling to introduce a new approach effectively, and flipped classroom strategies are a way to pull your classroom out of the dark ages and step into the light. Did you know that your students struggle to pay attention after the first 10 minutes of your lesson? Now, that we know these minds are having trouble concentrating, it’s up to us to implement a solution to this problem.

Introducing Catchy Technology into Your Lessons

The purpose of a flipped classroom strategy is to introduce engaging content that breaks away from traditional lectures. What better way to catch your students’ attention than through videos? Many instructors struggle with this because they end up placing their lecture inn a video format that is still boring to their students. You need to record something that catches their attention and provides the key information that you need to teach. It’s easy to entertain students through trending content, like memes or pop culture references, to tie their attention back to your lesson. You can also use interesting graphics and music to break up the monotony of your video. This content should be available to students at home, so that they can refer to these lessons on their own. This technological addition to your classroom is the reason that educational platforms, like Kaplan, are super successful as supplementary instructional tools.

Blocking Out Flipped Classroom Times

Once you decide you want to take the route of flipped classroom strategies, you also must designate class time for these activities.  You may be asking yourself, when will you show these videos? How will you introduce this content in a way that isn’t disruptive to the normal structure of your classroom? If you are already utilizing blended learning, a more laid back and individual approach, then your introduction of videos is easier than in a traditional environment. However, don’t worry everything that you do initially will always have a little bit of trial and error. Remember to keep initial videos brief, and to show them at key times during the day. For example, after lunch isn’t the best time to show a video, and neither is the last 10 minutes of class. Go forward with your flipped classroom strategies and make notes of what works versus what needs to be changed with the next video you show.

Which Model Will You Incorporate?

When creating your content, you have several learning models to choose from, and each is effective. You can utilize game-based learning (GBL), project-based learning (PBL), authentic literacy or understanding by design (UbD). You may find that game-based learning seems like the perfect model for your students, but once the video is viewed the classroom completely loses focus. Just like we mentioned above, you need to be flexible with your lessons until you find a system that works. What works for one class probably won’t work for all of them, so you need to determine which models you would like to try. Initially, you should record shorter videos and try not to over think your content, until you realize what is effective.

Make Sure Your Students Connect

What is the purpose of utilizing flipped classroom strategies if your students do not learn from the content? Just like traditional lesson plans, you should have activities in place to assist students in looking back over the material. You could include questions at the end of your video, a small assignment, or a round table discussion. Any of these activities will give your students the opportunity to review the material they learned and commit it to memory.

How will you use these flipped classroom strategies to lead your classroom toward a new age of learning? We would love to hear how you incorporated these ideas, and how your students reacted. Please share your stories with us in the comments below!

Topics: Learning

Written by Kayla Hammons

Kayla is a freelance writer from Atlanta, Georgia, and a former teacher passionate about education. When not creating catchy content, she enjoys spending time with her dog and working on her first book. Check back weekly for new content.

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