What’s the best use of a teacher’s time in class?
Talking at students or working with them?
Recently I’ve adopted the flipped classroom technique where students carry out some initial research on a topic I’m going to teach. This can be done by watching a video lesson or carrying out some independent research at home. Students then come to school with an insight into the concepts and skills needed for the lesson. This then allows the students to focus on deeper understanding and connections in the classroom where there is immediate help available from either myself or their peers.
Advantages from my experience.
- Students learn at their own pace.
- Students have a resource they can rewind or revisit at any point to support.
- Students come to class with questions.
- Class time used to extend understanding.
- My support can be a lot more focused on individual and need.