Twitter Chat #4

For my fourth Twitter chat, I participated in the #flipclass chat, a chat devoted to the importance and usage of the flipped classroom. The overall theme of the chat revolved around flipped classroom best practices and techniques used to keep students engaged. One of the questions asked was the following: “flipped classrooms provide a framework with lots of opportunity for customization. How do you describe your flipped classroom?” The most common descriptions I cam across were video lessons in Ss space and group/interactive work in class with access to lessons as needed. Katie Lanier described her classroom process as planning on the fly. She has students watch videos for homework, mostly information relay. In class, students then apply the learned concepts to group activities or independent projects. I learned that it is of utmost importance that a teacher creates a plan for those who do not understand the content and for those who do. This enables students to learn at their own pace, and teachers can make different videos catered to students’ needs. Roy reasons that an essential benefit of the flipped classroom is that it can be made to be student-focused. He makes time to interact with students and gives them more time to show him rather than him showing them. Another question asked was “what problems does a flipped classroom solve in the classroom?” The majority of the participants agreed that the biggest benefit of having a flipped classroom is that it increases student collaboration and engagement in learning activities. Students are more likely to engage in their own learning if the 1. have more control over their own learning and 2. have some knowledge of the content they’re working with. The best part about flipping is not the video, but rather it is what you can do in class when students have a base knowledge of the material. I also learned that the flipped classroom allows for a quicker amount of team between knowledge acquisition and knowledge application, making for a far more effective learning environment for students. Overall, the flipped classroom provides greater access, equity, and support in the learning environment.

Katie shared an interesting link about in-Class flipped classrooms: https://flippedlearning.org/syndicated/whats-class-flip/ …

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I found this link to be extremely helpful because it introduced me to a new type of flipped classroom. I did not know that there were different forms of flipping the classroom besides the traditional method I learned about. In-class flip brings the flip into the classroom by switching it up and doing the homework part in the classroom in stations. There are several different types of in-class flips, including mixed sequence stations (students move at their own paces through flip and practice stations), simple sequence stations (stations are sequenced and students go through them in order), and larger class sequence stations (duplicate stations in a sequenced format, all students begin at the flip station). This allows for greater teacher involvement and facilitation over classroom activities because they can ensure that the work is being done. It is also helpful for students who may not have internet access at home because they can still partake in the lesson in class. Throughout this chat, I followed Katie Lanier, a physics teacher, instructional coach to special education, and flipclass chat moderator. I especially liked what Katie had to say with regards to flipped classroom techniques that can be applied inside the classroom rather than just outside of it. I also followed Roy Mittchell, a flipped classroom middle school science teacher and Flipped Learning International Ambassador. Joy McCourt, a high school math and science teacher, is new to the flipped classroom. She is trying it out for the school year and really likes it. She has taken an interesting approach to the concept as she has been having her students create their own videos for their peers. Likewise, Kurk Humphreys is a math teacher for grades 6-8. He had several comments to make regarding in-class flip. He has found the technique to be extremely helpful in ensuring that his students are on task and completing all of their work. Finally, I chose to follow Mickie Gibbs, a middle school math teacher, who has encouraged other teachers throughout her school to incorporate more flipped classroom practices. The flipped classroom is becoming more prevalent in the teaching environment, so it is essential that prospective teacher learn more about how to incorporate the concepts into their classrooms. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this chat because it was interesting and easy to follow. The chat followed a question answer format and everyone was responding to the questions rather than creating new threads and ideas. I liked that the chat was monitored and organized because it kept people on topic as opposed to the last chat I participated in, which I found to be highly disorganized and all over the place.

 

 

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