What Are The Fundamentals Of Flipped Learning?
An easy way to remember the main points of flipped learning are from the relevant and easy to learn acronym ‘FLIP’. These stand for:
1. Flexible Environment
2. Learning Culture
3. Intentional Content
4. Professional Educator
Flexible environment means ensuring your learning spaces can physically be moved around for multi-use areas that incorporate a number of teaching styles. Student led zones mean they choose where they best learn in a classroom, whether individually or collaboratively, and when they want to learn, leading to teachers’ marking of this learning style in a less controlled manner, allowing for a greater breadth of topics.
Learning Culture becomes a more student-centred model in the classroom, rather than the class being led by the teacher in a more standard fashion. With the basics already learnt at home or outside the learning areas, teachers and students have time to delve into deeper subject matter.
Intentional Content is all about the importance of classroom time. Teach what is important for students to know and understand, with activities to increase engagement, and allow that many of the strategies adopted will add to learning instead of spending valuable time teaching the fundamental subject basics. Students take responsibility for information gathering but at a pace that suits their learning.
Professional Educator – it may sound odd to state that teachers who practice flipped learning may find it harder work than the traditional ‘teacher at the front’ method.
However, flipped learning means teachers develop continuous monitoring and reporting back so students stay on task and know they are on the right track.