Struggling to effectively use your time during distance learning? Flipping the classroom can help you to get the most out of your distance learning time. But what is the flipped classroom, and how do you get started during distance learning?
What is the flipped classroom?
To put it very simply, this pedagogical approach flips homework and classroom work.
In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the source of knowledge, and classroom time is generally reserved for explaining new concepts. This leaves very little time for in-depth discussion, collaboration, and problem-solving in the classroom. As a result, students don’t get the chance to deepen their understanding, and teachers can’t be there to help when students encounter problems with their homework tasks.
This can be even more of a problem with distance learning, as simply doing all your lessons in an online, face-to-face classroom is just not sustainable. Now that more and more teachers are having to get used to distance learning, the flipped classroom can be a life-saver as it reserves face-to-face time for when it’s really needed.
By flipping the classroom, students are encouraged to be independent learners by watching videos or reading up on topics before an online lesson. This encourages students to develop higher-order thinking skills such as collaboration and problem-solving. The teacher is there to answer questions and offer guidance, helping to cement students’ knowledge and encourage in-depth learning.
Research shows that flipping the classroom can dramatically improve engagement and achievement. Just one success story of the flipped classroom is Clintondale High School in Detroit. After it adopted the flipped classroom technique, failure rates fell dramatically, from 52% to 19% in English, from 41% to 19% in science, and from 44% to 13% in math.
Where do you start?
One of the easiest ways to introduce the flipped classroom during distance learning is to give students video content to watch independently at home, perhaps with the support of follow-up questions or key learning points. Students can explore a concept or topic before diving into extension activities and discussions during your distance learning lesson.
But where do you find good video content? There are many great free resources to choose from nowadays, but it can be tricky to find ones that are both age-appropriate and NGSS-aligned. Our free supplemental science resource Twig Science Tools gives you instant access to 950+ short videos (700+ in Spanish), plus hundreds of lessons and activities for K–5, all aligned to the NGSS.
Twig Science Tools helps you introduce flipped learning effectively and easily to your distance learning classroom. All videos come with related resources and activities to help you extend students’ learning and connect science concepts to real-world phenomena.
With Twig Science Tools, students have instant access to content that is easy to digest and can be watched again if they’re struggling. This means you can save valuable face-to-face time for what is really important!