Flipping the Classroom

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I see so many benefits since incorporating “flipping the classroom” learning strategies into  my curriculum area (health care aide). The biggest benefit  by far is the skills the students learn while doing the active learning.  It is not just the “what”  they learn but the “how and why” that assist them with developing the needed skills for the 21rst century.  With the emphasis on the learning process  and its application in the classroom, rather than  just the “facts about content”  the students  have  become  eager to learn, engaged and have the opportunity to develop  an even deeper level of learning and the have the added bonus of several  other significant transferable  skills.  For example, when students prepare mini lectures, they are not only learning  curriculum content and beyond better by having to teach it,  but they are also developing; their ability to feel comfortable in presenting in front of a group, their ability to  use technology in a creative way (powerpoint or google docs), their ability to search for reliable sources on the internet and their ability to discern what is the most important information (they also are assigned to develop  questions for the class to answer and hand in). Leaning how to source  information  is a very valuable skill  by itself and has many real life applications!  As an instructor I have the  time  to  observe, assess and ask questions to deepen  their learning. Students have been given parameters to cover ( meta concepts.) These  more- than- just -curriculum specific content skills are needed for the 21st century.

Ironically, as I write this blog I just heard my son invite one of his friends, that  he is  currently face timing, to join their annual hockey draft party by using use google docs to share the draft information! It appears Instructors  in my son’s educational path have seen  the value in these teaching methods that have real world applications!

In my classroom, students share practicum challenging experiences. This is another  example of how I use flipped classroom techniques.  Students reflect on their  practicum experiences  in journals as homework  and  then discuss  in groups  in the classroom.  They compare, and analyze  the theory they have learned  and discuss how this translates to real work experiences. This develops knowledge, meta-learning, collaborative problem solving skills,  and ethics.

Knowledge, skills, character development and meta learning are the four dimensions  framework  of educational goals that the  Centre for Curriculum Redesign believes will effectively teach the competencies that students require to succeed in the world tomorrow.   In my classroom balancing content knowledge and understanding with skills that apply that knowledge to the real world is done through the flipped  classroom experience.

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  1. I enjoyed reading your experiences on the flipped classroom. I myself am an instructor in the health field (Ultrasound), and know how valuable it is to ensure students are ready for the workforce with not only technical skills, but professional skills as well. I often find myself reflecting and evaluating ways in which I can improve my courses that will foster growth in these areas. I sometimes worry that we are not preparing them well enough to be competent independent decision makers that the industry requires them to be. Flipping the classroom is start to get us there I guess!

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