Monday, March 4, 2013

Flipped Classroom Strategy For Extra Help

How can we provide opportunities for extra help while preserving planning and preparation time for teachers? Utilizing a hybrid instructional model that includes flipped learning resources may help.

Teachers may post copies of class notes, instructional materials used in class and homework online or within a school email system. This provides access  to the information for students who were not present in class that day. The expectation is that students will download and review the materials and attempt the homework. If a student requires extra help, her or she will approach the classroom teacher with specific questions about the notes or homework.

While the above scenario sounds great it is typically not how the events occur. Many times students come for extra help having not reviewed the information posted. They are looking for the teacher to re-teach the entire lesson. Unfortunately this is not always possible given the time constraints and the number of students who may require assistance on various topics or components of content at the same time.

By developing a library of video tutorials and instructional materials for each topic you may provide an opportunity for students to receive direct instruction remotely. Teachers may consider linking to video tutorials in the Khan Academy or possibly creating their own tutorials or recorded lectures. Over time this library will grow. Students may access and review these recorded lesson prior to seeking extra help. They will receive the benefit of direct instruction in a format this is familiar, has the ability to pause, stop and rewind, and is mobile.

While full implementation of the flipped classroom requires a paradigm shift in "what happens in the classroom", a hybird model like has an easier point of entry and can be a valuable intervention resource for all students.



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