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How to FLIP your class…in 4 basic steps

FLIP in 4 Steps Contrary to popular belief, there is actually no “ONE way to flip a class” (Bergmann, 2012).  However, after visiting flipped classrooms all over North America and talking with lots of teachers who have tried flipping across the globe, I have come to view the cycle of flipping as occurring through a […]

How to evaluate students’ effort on out-of-class work in a flipped class

Flipped classrooms require students to take responsibility for their own learning outside of class.  Our favorite method for motivating students to engage in out-of-class work is Just-in-Time Teaching. The method is remarkably flexible: We implement JiTT as follows, but you can hack our approach–that is make it your own–in a number of ways. 4 Steps to Implementing […]

7 Myths about the flipped classroom, an interactive question series

  Read this post in Spanish OR Portuguese.  Like any popular phenomena, as the flipped classroom continues to gain attention, myths about it spreads freely. In this interactive series, we introduce and debunk 7 myths through a set of opinion polls. If you want a quick introduction to the flipped classroom, check out this 60 […]

One easy way to make readings come alive for your students

Want to make the subject matter come alive for your students? Most of us do. This is easier when we are in the classroom and can interact with students one on one and react to their blank stares when we are talking nonsense.  But what about when they are at home? In a recent conversation […]

Quick Start Guide to Flipping your Classroom with Peer Instruction

Ready to turn your students’ worlds right side up? Flip your classroom with Peer Instruction. Peer Instruction is the first innovative teaching method I tried the second time teaching my “big girl” course – a graduate level seminar on educational theory at Teachers College, Columbia University.   I had been working as a postdoc with Eric […]

Quick start guide to flipping your classroom using screencasting or lecture videos

On Your Mark, Get Set, FLIP! Are you thinking about flipping your classroom? There are lots of different, interesting ways to flip a class. One popular, entry-level approach to flipped teaching is to deliver direct instruction (i.e. lectures) outside of class, using pre-recorded videos covering content. Instructors then spend class time on activities that students would […]

How to write effective questions for evaluating deep learning

“Are my students really learning anything?” When I ask teachers from all corners of the world about what worries them most about their teaching, this is by far the most popular response…they wonder, “Am I making any difference in my students’ learning lives? Have my students gotten anything out of my course that will help […]

100+ Quick Tips for Flipping Your Class

Flipped Tips: A Daily Tip Series on Teaching and Learning focused on Flipped Classrooms and Peer Instruction  Turn to Your Neighbor features quick, practical advice and ideas, in 140 characters or less, for flipping your class.   On this page, you can find a selection of those tips categorized. Tips are posted on Twitter daily using […]

6 Big Ideas about Flipped Classrooms

In Understanding by Design, Wiggins and McTighe emphasize that the Big Ideas of a course are the most “important and enduring” ideas of an area of study. They also refer to these as linchpin ideas – “the linchpin is the pin that keeps the wheel in place on an axle. Thus, a linchpin idea is […]

Top 10 Hashtags for Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Teaching

Twitter is a great resource for learning about flipped teaching. Everyday, people tweet hundreds of tips, resources, personal stories, pose questions, and float ideas about flipped teaching. (click the # hashtag to see the Top Tweets for that tag, no Twitter account necessary) 1. #flippedclass 2. #flipclass  Both of these tags turn out terrific tweets […]

Learn about Flipping Your Class at First International Conference on Peer Instruction

For the first time since Peer Instruction was developed in the 1990s, Mazur, a group of scholars from Asia and the Pacific, and Beijing Normal University are organizing a conference. Innovative educators from across the globe will connect, share, and learn about how to flip their class using this research-based method at an inaugural event […]

Turn to Your Neighbor Turns 30,000 and Launches #flippedtip Series

A very big THANK YOU to all of our readers and members of the Peer Instruction Network! Turn to Your Neighbor was born on February 25, 2012. And today, we turned 30,000 hits old. Top Three Turn to Your Neighbor Posts The top three TTYN posts discuss flipped implementation with tips for promoting both out-of […]

3 ways to get your students to like doing homework in a flipped class

Close your eyes and imagine a place, on a planet far far away, where students relish doing challenging homework problems…on their own and smile while doing them; in fact, where they may even be inspired to do individual homework and have no compulsion to cheat. A cozy place where during most of a three hour lecture […]

How to describe some flipping techniques on your syllabus

It’s the Saturday before school starts for many of us. If you are anything like me, you have had the syllabus that’s going to transform your students’ lives complete for a full 2 months and are kicking back and relaxing on this fine holiday weekend. Fantasy over. Many people who are deciding to use flipped […]

How to measure if your students are learning in a flipped class

Peer Instruction Network member and Queens University Professor James M. Fraser  has been flipping his undergraduate physics classroom using Peer Instruction for many years. For his “outstanding knowledge, teaching ability and accessibility to students,” Fraser was awarded the 2012 Queens University Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. Fraser talks to Turn to Your Neighbor readers about using his training as […]

What to do on the first day of a flipped class?

School starts in two weeks! For Peer Instruction Network member Rafael Escudero, a professor of mathematics at Universidad del Norte in Baranquilla, Colombia, this reality hit four weeks early. Escudero is one in a small group of innovative faculty transforming their courses at Uninorte under the leadership of Peer Instruction Network member and founding director […]

How to use Peer Instruction…in Computer Science

The image of 25 lone kids with oversized, over-the-ear headphones eschew on their heads, eyes fixed and minds fixated on their computer screens, does not accurately depict today’s computer science classrooms. There is new, and significant, reform movement afoot in computer science that aims to build deep conceptual understanding of big ideas and key computer […]

Readings to prep for flipping your classroom with Peer Instruction

It is a month before the semester starts and you want to try flipping your classroom using Peer Instruction in the Fall. You’ve read the blog posts, gone through the Quick Start Guide, now are looking to snuggle up with a good journal article or two to do a bit more in-depth preparation. Here is a […]

How do you group students for productive conversations?

While lecture is still the mainstay in most classrooms, many instructors across the disciplines are onto the power of peer-to-peer learning. The typical cue for students to engage in peer discussion is usually something like, “get into groups of two or three and discuss” or specifically in Peer Instruction the prompt is, “Turn to Your […]

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