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Flipping classrooms across the whole school

CPD Pedagogy Teaching staff
SecEd’s CPD guru Phil Parker offers some quick ideas to help you create a whole-school approach to flipped classrooms.

I am a fan of flipped classrooms. I love the concept of students taking increasing amounts of responsibility for their learning – I find that it energises the process. 

First, let me summarise “flipped classrooms”. The concept began in America 10 years ago with video material produced by teachers, accessed by students in their own time. 

The aim is for students to become familiar with lesson content in advance so learning becomes the application of the content. It overcomes the reliance on the teacher, engages learners and research shows that it improves attainment.

In the last couple of years, digital technologies have advanced this idea. For instance, some schools use their virtual learning environments (VLEs) while others use Google Docs.

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