Follow these 8 simple rules when flipping your classroom:
- Clarify… why should you flip?
The first rule of Flipping your classroom is to clarify your purpose, be sure you really need to flip and that your learners will benefit from doing so. Where purpose is not clear, abuse or misuse is inevitable.
- Decide which topic to Flip
The best topics to flip first are those that appeal to your students. Hand over to them a video that speaks to the concepts you want to teach them and use class time for discussion, team work, peer learning and support.
- Address Internet Access Problems
One big rule and consideration never to ignore is your students’ access to the internet. If some students do not have internet access at home, make them use the school connection, otherwise download the video for them to go watch offline at home, or on the school computer.
- Good Video Quality and Sound
Learner or no learner, no one loves to watch a blur video or see a bad sounding clip. So be humane, look for the best videos as much as you can.
- Keep the Video Short
The best video length for a flip class is between 3 to 10 minutes. Let the video be a clip of a longer video if possible. If the video is long, trim it and select where you really need.
- The Aha! Moments
Ask students to share their Aha moments while watching the Video. It is a good way to engage the students and find out those who really watch the videos.
- Follow up with Class Activities
Give the students class activities based on the video and the learning objectives, provide support for students in need of assistance and challenge students demonstrating high performance.
- Get Students’ feedback about the video and the Class
Don’t assume students really love or enjoy the video, hear from them. Never use the same rule for all students or at all times, you may be wrong. Find out how you can better differentiate in a flipped classroom and attend to all students in your class.