The Flipped Classroom – Turn Your Classroom On Its Head
- May 12, 2021
- Posted by: Shannon Amaadar
- Category: teaching techniques
In traditional language class settings, students are introduced to information then asked to practice at home. What if we flipped the classroom on its head?
When you think about it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to ask your students to practice new vocabulary or grammar rules outside of the class setting. It’s likely they won’t have many people to practice with, and it might take a back seat to other subjects. A strategy that a lot of educators are starting to use is something called a flipped classroom.
What is a flipped classroom?
A flipped classroom is just what it sounds like. Students are given material to study at home in preparation for the class. This opens up class time to take advantage of the group setting to practice what they’ve learned. It’s a great approach that’s finding a lot of success.
How does it work?
The way a flipped class works is by providing your students with the lecture material and examples that would have normally been delivered by the teacher in the classroom. Students are then prepared to practice those lessons in the form of project work, discussions or other activities the teacher has prepared.
This method requires the student to spend more time working with the language than they otherwise might have. They are required to look over the lesson notes in preparation for the class-time activities. The result is faster language acquisition and improved confidence in students.
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Cons of the flipped classroom
This method might not be for everyone, however. Although you can easily adapt it to any classroom, it can rely heavily on digital content. If that’s a resource that isn’t available to a number of your students it can make delivering the lesson difficult. Students may not make the effort to learn the material before the class.
Another point is that trust in your students is important. This technique requires that they take the time to go over the material you’ve provided. By making it very easily accessible, students are more likely to make that effort, however, this can be very time consuming for you.
Preparation of these lessons means spending a lot of time developing presentations and gathering material for your students to review. Likely not more than you would normally spend creating a traditional lesson, but you must keep in mind that students will be reviewing the content on their own when you’re preparing it.
One more reason this strategy might not be for everyone is that it doesn’t prepare students for standardised testing.
If you work in a school or institution that relies heavily on standardised tests, the free flow if this method may not prepare students enough for the specific testing questions they may face.
The success of the method
Many teachers are finding great success with this style of teaching. Those working with teenage or adult students especially find success with this method.
Flipped classrooms create the sense that learning is in the hands of the student. Students then feel more individuality and control over the process.
Building confidence in students by giving them the opportunity to take learning into their own hands is a great way to see fast results.
There are many ways to organise a flipped classroom. If you have easy access to digital devices and content, you can record presentations that your students can review along with some downloadable resources like worksheets or texts. You can include videos, games, and anything that will interest your students and keep them engaged.
If digital content is difficult, you can provide handouts and readings for your students to practice in preparation for the class.
Once students have reviewed the material, they can then come to class ready to participate in activities that allow them to use the language lessons they’ve just learned. Group projects, discussions, and problem-solving activities all allow students to make use of the knowledge they’ve gained and are able to practice what they know.
If you’re having difficulty with your students and are looking for a way to engage them and get better results, they using the flipped classroom method. You might find your students are more interested and engaged than they appear.