Thursday, 17 December 2015

Flip the classroom

I have an interesting challenge going into next year. One client, a school, has flagged that they will not be able to release their teachers for training during the day. Instead we will have to make do with a series of 2.5 hour twilight sessions, from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. We are teaching teachers how to coach, so we have decided to flip the classroom. Participants will learn the theory prior to attending a twilight session so that we can devote these sessions to practicing coaching.

For me who doesn't have a great deal of faith in the ability of participants to do the prework prior to a workshop this is a huge act of faith! So my starting point is to understand what is meant by flipping a classroom.

Definition of a flipped classroom:
The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, or discussions.

This video provided me with a very good understanding of what to do.

So I am now working on an 18 week programme that will use Moodle to deliver online videos and other material plus provide participants with the resource to update their learning blogs.

Happy Days!!!

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