The flipped classroom approach within education is only becoming more popular among educators in both K-12 and higher-ed environments. That said, not everyone is familiar with how to go about flipping their classroom (even on a trial basis).
There is an abundance of resources, some more in-depth than others, providing guidance on how to use the flipped classroom model. Consider this post a general overview (four steps to be exact) on how you can get started quickly with this method.
The four steps, as originally detailed by KnowledgeOne, are as follows:
Step 1: Empower the Student
In this step, you should focus on creating a student-centered learning environment. By doing this, the teacher becomes more of a guide to the learning. Setting up a learning environment can be done quickly, especially when leveraging open-source platforms such as WordPress.
Step 2: Utilize Technology
With your learning management system in place, you allow students to easily access the course material at any point in time and from any location. Post videos of lectures, share online study guides and reading materials, insert audio, images, and any media you can think of for students to access.
Step 3: Always Evaluate
Having your program in place is one thing – you also need to keep an eye on how it is performing by regularly evaluating learning outcomes and adapting accordingly. You can do this a variety of ways (online quizzing mechanisms are a great place to start). If monitored properly, you should see a positive impact on performance over time.
In fact, in one study, 200 teachers flipped their classrooms, and 85% of them saw an overall increase in grades.
Step 4: Foster a Learning Community
Just posting your content online will not guarantee that it is effective. You should do everything in your control to foster a community among the students. Encourage interaction with the content that is posted, ignite discussions, and solicit feedback.
Beyond just classroom interaction, you should also aim to interact with fellow teachers so as to exchange ideas on how the entire experience can be better.