Monday, November 26, 2012

Blended/Flipped Learning - A Kids Eye View

Flipping your classroom is all the rage now, and you can get an idea of what it means by looking at the “The Flipped Classroom Explained” posting on this blog from November 10, 2012.  

One issue to consider is whether all of your students can effectually access the activities, whether they be content videos or other learning resources, at home to make a “pure” flipping approach work.  In a school where 63% of your students are on Free and Reduced Lunch the answer is probably NO.  

However the correct response to this conundrum on a valuable teaching approach is “Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in....” In other words, it is TOO valuable a teaching method to NOT find a way to make it work.
Use as many of the flipping strategies as are relevant to your situation to produce a unit that serves your students through taking an approach that centers on them, and NOT your convenience or schedule.

View this  presentation, which  will share with you some information about a “Flipped/Blended” unit on Reconstruction and Jim Crow that successfully did just that.  The unit will be described in a basic way, some observation data will be shared, but most importantly, student opinions will be shared.

Reconstruction – Jim Crow unit blogpost from msteven1
Mark Stevens is a new blogger with us (as is Scott Campbell) who will be posting from time to time. -Ken

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