In most traditional classrooms including higher education in Kazakhstan, the main focus is on presenting information in a form of a lecture where practice is left behind. In such classes students are given a little time to experiment with learned concept or dig dipper into the matter of this concept. The true reality is that students end up memorizing facts and figures for an exam not being able to absorb and therefore, apply those concepts in practice.
How can we our students to learn and comprehend newer material given by program, if they have not grasped the previous one yet? I do not want to fault teachers for it since they are given certain limit of time to deliver “everything-seems-necessary” program according to established curriculum leaving practice for homework. As a result, students are left to digest all that vast amount of information themselves not being able to ask questions to each other and a tutor, engage into discourse coming down to the brass tacks.
I think it is high time to change the landscape of our education by integrating innovative methods into learning process. Flipped learning is gaining more and more speed around the globe forcing us to look at our classroom beyond the hardened beliefs and norms. I was inspired by Aaron Sams, a Flipped Learning Pioneer, watching him to explain all the benefits that educators can gain from such type of classroom. The great idea of this innovation is that students watch video of their teacher’s lecture on their own time and at their own pace ultimately spending their class time more gainfully to employ learned knowledge during the lesson. Thus, passive delivery and consumption of a lecture is replaced here by rich discussions and disputes about the concept and subject matter illuminating new students’ skills and capabilities.
On the surface, it might seem to be alien to teachers, parents and even students, but deep down, such method will bring myriads of advantages in terms of devoting class time for more active learning not merely lecturing, along with assisting those students who missed your class for some reasons giving them a second chance to attend your “classroom”. Moreover, such videos or podcasts can be helpful for slow learners too as they will have opportunities to watch it as many times as they need.
I have become interested in applying this method one day in my classroom and I believe that flipped learning holds promise for future in Kazakhstan being not so costly and doable as flipping does not necessarilly mean using cutting edge technology.
Just stop by and watch “Teaching for Tomorrow: Flipped Learning” video by Aaron Sams and his students sharing their impressions about learning in this type of classroom.
And, what about you? Would you like to flip your classroom?
GOOD.IS. (2012, September, 28). Teaching For Tomorrow: Flipped Learning. [Video file]. Retrieved October 7, 2015 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a7NbUIr_iQ