You’ve all met the Boredom Monster.
He’s that big blob lurking around our classrooms, poking students in the sides with his slimy fingers for attention and vexing us as we try with all our might to teach content in engaging and inspiring ways. Flipped teaching can trap the Boredom Monster before he infiltrates your classroom space. Indeed, once he sees what’s going on in your flipped class, he will have no choice but to slither under the doors to infest your colleagues’ lecture halls, where he can properly do his life’s work.
To help you slay the Boredom Monster, I’ve put together an introductory, self-paced short course using Turn to Your Neighbor content – called Flipped Classrooms 101. After working through the short course, you will be able to answer two big questions about flipped classrooms: What is a flipped classroom? And how do you flip your classroom?
This basic short course is designed for someone who is less familiar with flipped teaching and learning – if you are more advanced, share this course with your peers, give tips in the comment section, or skip to the next steps.
I’ve carefully curated and scaffolded the content in 7 mini lessons to help you prepare to FLIP your classroom using a simple, 4-step protocol and developed an accompanying writable, digital Flipped Classrooms 101 Workbook. The workbook has guided questions to facilitate your learning as you move through the mini lessons. You can save your responses to the workbook questions, print out a copy of the workbook or keep it as a file on your hard drive. If you play along, after mini lesson 6, you will also have a written protocol to help you get started with flipping your classroom right away.
Let’s get the Boredom Monster together!
Flipped Classrooms 101 – A Short Course
- Open up a new browser window, and keep the Flipped Classrooms 101 – A Short Course window open, so you can refer back to it and click through the lessons.
- Download the Flipped Classrooms 101 Workbook
- Mini Lesson 1– Watch: What is a Flipped Classroom (in 60 seconds)
- Answer: Workbook Question 1
- Mini Lesson 2 – Read: Use of the Term Flipped Classroom
- Answer: Workbook Question 2
- Mini Lesson 3 – Take the 7 Myths about the Flipped Classroom Interactive Question Series poll
- Answer: Workbook Question 3
- Mini Lesson 4 – For ideas on pre-class activities – Read Two magical tools to get your students to do and learn form pre-class work in a flipped classroom
- Mini Lesson 5 – For ideas on in-class activities – Complete the TedEd Lesson, Flip Your Class with Proven Methods
- Mini Lesson 6 – Read How to FLIP your class…in 4 basic steps
- Answer: Workbook Question 4
- Mini Lesson 7 – Read the Quick Start Guide to Flipping your Classroom Using Screencasting or Lecture Videos
- Answer: Workbook Questions 5, 6, and 7
I recommend these follow up readings
- 100+ Quick Tips for Flipping Your Class
- How one professor motivated students to read before a flipped class, and measured their effort
- The 2 most powerful flipped classroom tips I have learned so far
Thank you to Peer Instruction Network Member and flipper, Dr. James Fraser, for informing the idea of the Boredom Monster.