How to flip your classroom

Flipping is easy – and with a little thought and planning, teachers can use the flipped model to create engaging learning experiences for their students. This section covers the nuts and bolts of flipping – from creating videos, to introducing the flipped concept, to practical ideas for using class time differently.

Create a video

It all starts with a teacher doing what they do best – explaining a concept. Except this time they're doing it on video, either by simply explaining a concept on camera, or using screen capture tools or presentation software with a voiceover. Video content retains the connection, the humor, and the pace of great teaching – and there’s plenty of scope for teachers to be creative! The guides below explain how teaches can create video learning content that engages their students, setting the scene for powerful classroom learning experiences.

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Share it with students

Students then watch the content at home, before class. This gives them freedom over how, when and where they learn – and it lets them engage with the video content in the way that suits them best. They can watch alone, with friends, or with parents – and on any device they choose, from their iPhone to their home computer. They can pause, rewind and re-watch and read around the topic. Students then come to class prepared with knowledge, questions, observations and ideas that will underpin the learning in the next stage.

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Spend class time differently

Because the students have watched the video content at home, class time can now be spent applying that knowledge in engaging, practical, collaborative ways. The teacher is freed up to craft personalized learning experiences for students according to their needs, and to circulate the class helping students individually or in small groups. Less “sit and listen” equals more “do and learn” – and the flipped model is making class time more enjoyable, productive and engaging for students and teachers across the world.

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What are teachers saying?

Jori Parks headshot

As an English teacher, I have several teaching concepts going at once, so flipping works well for me. I may have kids watch a lesson at home to learn about literary devices in a book we are reading in class. Then the next day, they can point them out to me as we read. That way I am there to help them if they have problems. It allows them to spend more quality time with me and it allows me to get more done, so it's definitely a win-win situation.

Jori Parks

Teacher, Paducah School

Julie Shier headshot

The flipped classroom is about making sure that the "voice" most often heard in the classroom is that of the student, not the teacher. That voice could be the student literally doing the talking by sharing or processing information with the class, but it could also be the students creating something visual or auditory (whether in Band or Calculus) to demonstrate their comprehension of the material.

Julie Shier

Teacher, Clintondale Community Schools