A 6 step guide to FLIP your Classroom
STEP 1: Determine which technology and platform you will be using to communicate the materials to the students. Most of us must have already created WhatsApp groups/ Google classrooms with our students, we can continue using the same platform.
STEP 2: Be open with the parents and students and let them know why you are adopting this approach and how it will help the students. Let the parents know why students would be needing to spend some time on screen in order to prepare for the class. Parents might be thinking that returning to physical classrooms means returning to the same traditional approach but by being transparent with them we can flip their mindset.
STEP 3: Curate the videos and content relevant to the topic you will be teaching. Before doing the same, think about the components of a lesson and the following question: “Which of the videos/material can help me in setting the scene” and “Which of the videos/materials can help me in delivering the content”. You curate videos for both of these components or either of them. Setting the scene can be in the classroom, and the main content can be covered on the video or that pupil can watch at home.
STEP 4: Communicate these materials to the students and engage them by connecting the topic to their experiences or to a previous topic. Make them inquisitive and eager to go through the materials shared by you.
STEP 5: Encourage your students to be accountable and participate by putting short quizzes using a google form that students would need to answer after watching a video or reading the material. Other ways of doing this are by posting questions for discussion in the Whatsapp groups or asking them to give a “thumbs up” once they are done watching a video or reading material.
STEP 6: During the lesson in the classroom, connect these videos and reading materials to the content of the book. Try to ask questions and create a space for discussion even during the ‘Content Delivery” component of the lesson because this is not limited to direct instruction but can also include group work and collaboration.