The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class

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Rethink the design of your class

You can flip pancakes. You can flip burgers. How do you flip a class?

In a lecture-centered classroom, the instructor delivers content in class and then sends students home to complete homework. When you deliver informational content outside the classroom and then use class time to facilitate engagement and deeper learning—that’s a flipped classroom.

Flipping learning, however, is about more than pre-class lectures. Effective flips involve two key elements.

First, you need to structure lesson plans to shift focus from content delivery to student engagement. 

In many learning environments, the instructor directs the energy toward his or her lecture. Planning typically starts with the question “What am I going to talk about?” In a flipped environment, this structure is reversed. The instructor directs the energy toward his or her students. Planning starts with the question “What do the students need to do?” This fundamental shift changes the whole dynamic of the learning environment. 

Second, you need to use your classroom skills effectively to help students transform inert content into mastered material.

By flipping the focus of the learning environment from “teacher centered” to “learner centered,” you create an environment that engages students, enhances learning, and creates an exciting classroom atmosphere.

Moving from a lecture-based class to a flipped class requires a new set of skills. In order to do it well, you need to shift the way you design your class and implement your teaching strategies to ensure that the learning environment is successful.

The flip is more than just a fad. It’s reinvigorating learning (and teaching) in thousands of classrooms. Discover how The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class can help make learning more fun and more effective for everyone involved.

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