How and why you should flip your classroom

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You’ve likely heard the buzz about flipping the classroom, but do you know what exactly it means? Well, flipped classroom is an exciting movement in education to create an engaging learning experience for students. Teachers from around the globe have adopted the flipped classroom model and are using it for teaching in all curriculum areas to elementary, middle, high school students as well as adults.

The flipped classroom concept is all about making sure that the voice head in the class must be that of the student, and not the teacher. Teachers no longer stand in front of their students and talk for 30 to 60 minutes at a time. This radical change has allowed them to take on a different role with their students. Flipping is easy and offers various advantages for student learning. It is best way transform your student into self-motivated and dedicated learners.

There are many great reasons to consider implementing the concept of flipped teaching and learning in your classroom.

• Flipped classrooms help busy as well as struggling students: In today’s busy schedule of students, being able to learn on demand is a big help, especially when students miss classes for extracurricular events.
• Flipping increases the interaction between students and teacher: The ultimate benefit of classroom flipping is the time you get to spend with your students in the class. You can spend one-on-one time with students, or can also create groups of students struggling with the same content and give them demonstration. This is definitely the best way to assist students in learning rather than just performing the lecture.
• Flipping allows you to know your students better: You are going to know your students better if you are spending more time with them. You can also better understand who is mastering learning outcomes quickly and who is struggling with what, and who can benefit from some extra challenging work.

If you’re considering flipping your classroom, it is also important for you to know how you can use the concept of flipping to gain more hands-on time in class.

• Be creative: Flipping starts with teachers doing what they do best – explaining a particular concept. You can explain a concept with the help of a camera, video, screen capture tool or using presentation software with a voiceover. Audio-visual presentation is a best way to create learning content that engages students and sets the scene for a great classroom learning experience.

• Sharing the content with students: You can share the video content with students, so that they can watch it at home. The objective is to give them freedom over where, when and how they learn and also to let them engage with the content in a way that suits them best. They can watch, pause, rewind as well as re-watch the content and then come to the class prepared with questions, observations, knowledge and different ideas which will underpin further learning.

• Spend class time in a different way: Because your students have watched the video content at home, the class time can be best utilized applying their knowledge in practical, engaging and collaborative ways. You’ll be able to create personalized learning experiences for students as per their needs, and circulate the class helping students in small groups or individually.

The flipped classroom model is everywhere! – and is making class time more engaging, productive and enjoyable for students as well as teachers across the globe. So are you ready to implement the flipping concept and transform your teaching practice? What are you waiting for?

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