The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom

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It’s one of the most talked-about trends in education right now. Right behind the iPad and Common Core. Flipping your classroom is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. That’s great, because it offers a lot of advantages for your classroom regardless of your students’ age or what subject matter you’re presenting in your classroom. If you’re new to the concept, flipping your classroom can feel a little bit overwhelming: How much should I switch around? What is best for the classroom vs at home? Why am I doing this again anyway?

The handy graphic below synthesizes the overwhelming to-do list of flipping your classroom into 6 easy steps that make the whole process a little less daunting. The big take home: Start small. Flip one lesson to start. Learn from what you’ve done, and go from there if you want to (or need to) keep trying. Once you’ve got the basics, there are so many resources you can draw from to refine the flipped classroom experience and add and modulate the nuances of this type of learning experience.

Flipping Your Classroom in 6 Easy Steps

  1. Plan: Figure out which lesson you’re going to flip. Outline key learning outcomes and put together a lesson plan.
  2. Record: Instead of teaching your lesson as usual, record a video. You can do this however you’d like, just ensure that the lesson contains all of the elements you would have if you were doing it in the classroom in person. Make it interesting and engaging. Ask yourself: would I want to watch this?
  3. Share: Share the video with your students. Explain that the video’s content will be discussed and used in class
  4. Change: Now that your students have watched the lesson, they’ll be primed to delved into the topic in more depth than they would otherwise be. Go for it!
  5. Group: A great way to explore the topic is to engage the class in group discussions. Separate the students into smaller groups so that everyone’s voice has a better chance of being heard, and questions are more likely to be asked. Give each group a task and a goal to work towards.
  6. Regroup: Get the class back together to share each group’s work with the whole class. As questions, offer opinions, encourage discussion.

Then, Review, Revise and Repeat! Figure out what worked and what didn’t, add or subtract elements, change things around, and try it again with a different lesson. It will get better with time and practice!

We’ve also listed a few of our favorite resources are below – check them out! Do you have any favorites that we haven’t included here?

Great Flipped Classroom Resources We Recommend

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Jeff Dunn is an education and technology lover who has worked in far too many industries to count. Okay, like maybe 5 or 6. Jeff can indeed count that high but it's not recommended. Jeff also likes to write bios in the third-person.
  1. Reply Ella Cox July 22, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I hardly ever discuss these posts, but I thought this on deserved a big thankyou

  2. Reply Claire Harrison July 22, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I seldom comment on these items, but I assumed this on deserved a thumb up

  3. Reply Luisa July 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I’m definitely trying this out for the new term! Thank you for the simple steps!

  4. Reply aissa July 31, 2014 at 11:01 am

    I still want to know about this flipped classroom

  5. Reply Steve Gambuti August 8, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I love this! I have flipped several times . However, I have used videos that already exist on the web. Using the other videos helps make my planning easier. I will definitely use and share the info graphic with my colleagues.

    When you break the students into small groups, what types of tasks do you use?

  6. Reply Steve Gambuti August 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Love the graphic! I have flipped my lessons several times. I have used videos that are already on the web as opposed to making my own. I have found that the students have responded better to another teacher. It changes it up for them.

    What kinds of tasks do you give your small groups?

  7. Reply mark August 8, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    How about a quick reminder of the basics of what “flipped” means. Many of us are new to teaching and could benefit from a full lesson rather than just “one of the most talked about…” as your description.

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