Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Flipped Language Arts Classroom

The Flipped Classroom

Today I received via Accomplished Teacher an article titled"How YouTube is Changing the Classroom,"which describes the innovative Flipped Classroom. For those who need a definition, a flipped classroom reverses the traditional teaching model in which a teacher presents a lesson in a whole-class setting, and students complete assignments at home. In the flip students watch short instructional videos at home and return to school for a workshop in which they complete projects and write papers. 
I watched part of the video about the five-paragraph essay and found myself succumbing to auditorium whiplash, but I did find the podcast interesting. 
I also found The Flipped Classroom Network Ning, devoted to promoting the flipped model and supporting teachers using it. 
I've long thought about how instructional videos and podcasting can help alleviate my own frustration from explaining and reteaching concepts to students who don't pay attention, who are chronically absent, who are in the kid clink down the hall, etc. And while I have created a few instructional videos, I'm far from accomplished. 
Moreover, I'm not much of a lecturer and don't want to adopt a lecture format to my teaching practice. Thus, I'd like to know who is using or has used the flipped classroom model, particularly in English. What advice do you have for novice flippers? What do you like about the flip? What doesn't work?

*The infographic offers an excellent explanation of a flipped classroom model:

Looking forward to your comments and advice. Thanks for reading.

**A slightly different version cross-posted on the English Companion Ning.