The Basics of Flipping your Class

Best Practices for Teaching Today

"Kids don't show up to learn new stuff.
They show up to apply the things they've learned at home."

Aaron Sams

As a new teacher, I often seek advice from other mentors.  Because of the strong mentors I've been fortunate to have, I feel like I've grown so much over the past few years.  Both my public and private school experiences have provided me with master teacher mentors within the building, opportunities to learn from district leaders and trainers, chances to travel across the country to attend workshops given by some of the most sought after educational consultants, and they've provided me with tools to enhance my classroom instruction.  Additionally, I've leveraged the power of Twitter to expand my network and connect with innovative educators around the world.  Advice that all of these mentors have in common is the importance of Bloom's Taxonomy.  How do we get students to reach higher levels of learning?

Research indicates that students learn best by doing (the higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy: applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating).  Because projects that incorporate these levels of cognition take time, they're often not included into the curriculum.  The flipped model helps to solve this issue.

Become the Guide on the Side - not the Sage on the Stage

What is The Flipped Classroom?

I've learned from many great teachers before me that the idea of a flipped classroom is nothing new.  While the term 'flipped class' is a trendy new catch phrase, the idea of the flipped classroom model is something teachers have been practicing for years.  

Defined: The flipped classroom is an instructional  method used to engage students at home through the use of video in effort to enhance the classroom experience by a more hands-on approach to learning.

Would you like to see examples of videos teachers have created?

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