«

»

May 28 2012

Print this Post

Flipped or flattened classroom?

Great teachers are always exploring new strategies to improve teaching and learning.  Flipped or flattened classroom is not about comparing the models but acknowledging diversity in our classroom. Students are dynamic, and therefore instruction and assessment strategies should be dynamic.  Teachers do not have to stick to the style that they used yesterday since it worked so well, it may not work well today with the same set of students.  Assess and adjust.  Be ready, be flexible, and be accommodating.

        Flipped or flattened, there is one common denominator, both incorporate project based and cooperative learning.  Can students apply or transfer their learning outside the four walls?  Can students work together as a team?
I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework. 
~Lily Tomlin as “Edith Ann”
The flipped classroom inverts traditional teaching method, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving “homework” into the classroom.
Resources
Sams,  A. & Bergman, J. (2012) How the flipped classroom is transforming learning http://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/howtheflippedclassroomisradicallytransforminglearning-536.php
Andrew Miller (2012) Five Best Practices for the Flipped Classroom.  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/flippedclassroombestpracticesandrewmiller
Musallam, R. (2011) Should You Flip Your Classroom?  http://www.edutopia.org/blog/flippedclassroomramseymusallam

The concept of a ‘flat classroom’ is based on the constructivist principle of a multi-modal learning environment that is student-centered and a level playing field for teacher to student and student to teacher interaction.
Resources
Russo, A. (2007).  Global Education On a Dime: A Low-Cost Way to Connect 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.tidesinc.org/2012/05/28/flipped-or-flattened-classroom/