I watched another report this week about how getting good marks is the main goal of education and students are doing anything to achieve the highest marks possible. This aim was not about being a better learner but about the game of beating the system. When marks, not learning or understanding how to learn, become the ultimate concern,the education system is in trouble.
I enjoy reading about what some schools and teachers are doing to get their students engaged their learning. I love seeing students taking responsibility for their own learning and even more, enjoying the process of learning. These students are giving themselves a good basis for being successful throughout their lives.
I have been reading more about flipped classrooms lately. These classes offer a type of learning that seems to fit the bill about allowing students to take responsibility for their learning.
One article entitled About flipped classrooms from the University of Queensland gives a good description of the roles and expectations of teachers and students in flipped classrooms and the important technologies. They also provided the diagram below about “the Learning opportunities of the flipped classroom (adapted from Gerstein)”. There are also useful links to more information.
I also found the infographic below, from a post “Is a Flipped Classroom Right for You?” by Jennifer Prescott on the We are Teachers site, useful. It would help any teacher work out where they are in relation to “flipped classrooms”. It clearly sets out some of the basic ideas then leaves any reader with enough knowledge to investigate further.
Another great resource about this topic is a post on the coolcatteacher blog, “Preparing your students for flipped learning”, where Jon Bergmann talks with Vicki Davis about this with many examples given.
He explains the difference between flipped classrooms and flipped learning, which is more in-depth pedagogical method. Jon explains how to flip learning in areas without connectivity, how this system improves learning, and raises grades.