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Ideas for the flipped classroom

Rather than being radical and new, flipped learning is simply about good preparation. Gerald Haigh speaks to teachers about how they are using this approach in their classrooms.

The flipped classroom, or as many prefer, “flipped learning”, means giving students the content of a future lesson to study for homework, then consolidating the learning in class. 

So the English teacher who says, “Read the next chapter of Middlemarch by Thursday and we’ll discuss it in class”, is surely demonstrating a version of flipped learning.

Over the last decade, however, the spread of flipped learning across all education sectors globally, and the attention it attracts, have been vastly increased by the use of technology. 

One of many teachers now using it is Colin Hegarty, advanced teacher of mathematics at Preston Manor School in north London. Mr Hegarty, rather than seeing “flipping” as radical and new, prefers to think of it simply as preparation: “Students preparing themselves for the lesson.”

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