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Choosing the Right Model for the Right Teacher

As a district we provide seven simple models of a “Flipped Classroom” to our teachers derived from EducationDive.com. The teachers are encouraged to reflect upon personal teaching methods and styles and then upon assessment, choose a method/model that best accommodates his or her personal teaching style.

  1. The Standard Inverted Classroom: Students are assigned the “homework” of watching video lectures and reading any materials relevant to the next day’s class. During class time, students practice what they’ve learned through traditional schoolwork, with the teacher freed up for additional one-on-one time.
  2. The Discussion-Oriented Flipped Classroom: Teachers assign lecture videos, as well as any other video or reading related to the day’s subject — for example: TED Talks, YouTube videos, and other resources. Class time is then devoted to discussion and exploration of the subject. This can be an especially useful approach in subjects where context is everything (history, art, or English).
  3. The Demonstration-Focused Flipped Classroom: Especially for those subjects that require students to remember and repeat activities exactly — think chemistry, physics, and just about every math class — it is most helpful to have a video demonstration to be able to rewind and re-watch. In this model, the teacher uses screen recording software to demonstrate the activity in a way that allows students to follow along at their own pace.
  4. The Faux-Flipped Classroom: One great idea EducationDrive uncovered is perfect for younger students for whom actual homework might not yet be appropriate. This flipped classroom model instead has those students watch lecture video in class — giving them the opportunity to review materials at their own pace, with the teacher able to move from student to student to offer whatever individual support each young learner needs. We at Grandview found this model to be most effective in grades 3 through 5.
  5. The Group-Based Flipped Classroom: This model adds a new wrinkle to helping students learn — each other. The class starts the same way others do, with lecture videos and other resources shared before class. The shift happens when students come to class, where they team up to work together on that day’s assignment. This format encourages students to learn from one another, and helps students to not only learn the what the right answers are but also how to actually explain to a peer why those answers are right.
  6. The Virtual Flipped Classroom: For older students and in some courses, specifically the Grandview Management School, the flipped classroom can eliminate the need for classroom time at all. Some teachers share lecture videos for student viewing, assign and collect work via online learning management systems (Moodle), and simply require students to attend a regularly scheduled time for brief one-on-one instruction based on that individual student’s needs.
  7. Flipping The Teacher: All the video created for a flipped classroom doesn’t have to begin and end with the teacher. Students too can make use of video to better demonstrate proficiency. Assign students to their record practice role-play activities to show competency, or ask each to film themselves presenting a new subject or skill as a means to “teach the teacher”.

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