I have been and I will continue talking about Flipped Learning (FL) for some time, in the last post I was talking about the first pillar of FL, flexible environment. The next pillar that you should take into account in you are considering to implement FL is Learning Culture (LC). If we consider the term culture, we could come up with traditions, customs, art, particularities, commonalities, etc. Then, add all the things that learning implies. Amazing, don't you think?
In FL, Learning culture is finding a way to make our students the center of their learning process, allowing them to explore the topics during class times where they can have meaningful experiences. As a result, students are active actors while constructing knowledge, as well as more critical at the moment of participating and assessing their work Flipped Learning Network (FLN). (2014) The Four Pillars of F-L-I-P™ Reproducible PDF can be found at www.flippedlearning.org/definition.
My own definition.
Learning culture is a set of learning and studying methods that come up when empowered students come together, explore topics, and construct knowledge (collaborative/cooperative work). In addition. growth mindset is developed since having a flexible environment, mistakes are allowed and normalized as part of the process, a create the habit of I can do it better instead of I can't do it. During this interaction, we can teach and learn emotional intelligence, because we can be more aware about students' emotions and to manage them when something it is not working. Based on this definition, let's discuss why LC is about building communities, mindet and emotional intelligence.
BUILDING COMMUNITIES: Once we create our flexible environment, students can feel more relaxed about how to use their space, by doing so interaction Students - students and students -teacher is more friendly and closer, because teachers become a coach that support students, and among students that culture of cooperation and collaboration. As a consequent, they might imitate this organization and environment in other classes.Teachers can also share these positive experiences with their collegues creating a sharing culture like a tribe.
MINDSET:When you are creating culture one of the things you should recognize is the mindset in your community members. That way you can give them another perspective about successful and failure, this way you can enhance mind changing and have a positive influence in your community. See Martha Ramirez. This concept is important while creating a learning and building communities, since most of us came from traditional schooling where the center is the teacher and he/she is the one who does everything. So, changing that notion of autonomous learning from the traditional one can a be difficulty for not only out students, but also for us as teachers (we sometimes love the center of the attention); these changes are directly related to growth mindset.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: As we are creating our learning culture and building communities in our classrooms, our relations start changing so we can be more closer to our students, this helps us to know more about them, we can recognize their strengths and weaknesses, how recognize when they are happy or not. This is one of the advantages of Flexible Environment, you can include activities that allows students to recognize their feeling towards their process and how they can manage them (see another aspect related to mindset). Including this you students can be kinder and human, so you are not only teaching knowlege.
I hope that this can help you a bit in your flip journey, next week I'll be writing about intentional content.
If you are considering incorporating Flipped Learning in your classes, you need to know that this approach has some pillars that you need to take into account when you start planning your class. One of the FL pillars is Flexible Environment (FE). Sounds interesting, right? Most of the times, when we listen to the word flexible, and you are a teacher; the first thing that comes to your mind is due dates. and your mind starts telling you, you need to deal with due dates because school, but if my students don't do their work on time I might help them and check what was wrong with them. But this pillar goes a bit beyond due dates.
If it is true that FE is related to due dates, it is worth checking what it is about. Based on the Flipped learning organization description, FE is how educators use different strategies and accommodate classroom space in order to give students the opportunity to choose and learn in different ways, individual or group work. Expectations and timelines for learning are also flexible as well as the assessment.
As you can see, due dates are not the unique aspect in FE, so let's discuss the other aspects, it is worth mentioning that is based on my experience while flipping.
Let's discuss it!
SPACE: We can talk about the flexible environment when our classroom is organized in different ways, of course taking into account the activity. Sometimes, we can work in stations (groups are working in different activities at the same time) or just allow students to organize their chairs where they feel comfortable. This allows you to monitor them in different ways and has different contact with them (better than organize them in lines and you in front of the board). If you are working remotely, you can use individual activities in asynchronous session and break-out rooms in synchronous ones.
CURRICULUM:You can also check and evaluate your curriculum, and recognize the main topics and units, like check what topics are the most important for your students and work deeper with them, this will help you to manage better your time while planning. Sometimes, we teachers want to cover all, but time or situations don't allow us to finish. When you are working remotely, this is something that you definitely need to take into account since time in virtual settings flies but also we can have connection problems.
INTERACTION: Since you can organize your space according to the activities, interaction can also vary, sometimes can be students- students and students-teacher in a different time or at the same time, this give you an opportunity to monitor your students, know more about them and have different connections with them. As a result, it allows you to create a friendly, collaborative, and "relaxed" environment. In remote or distance learning is key that you create spaces where you can talk to your students, create spaces in the platforms you use, that way they can look for you if they have difficulties.
CLASSWORK AND HOMEWORK:When you plan using a flexible environment, you can plan small goals in each class, based on the activities students make during class time, this helps you to check their progress, grade at the moment and no dealing with the stressful due dates. As you can plan different activities, you should consider homework as something do spontaneously, especially if you are a virtual teacher.
As you can see Flexible environment is more than due dates, it is more how to create a space where students feel comfortable, where you as a teacher can be more organized and more relaxed towards the learning process.
In the last years (maybe decades) Education has been changing as the world has done. This evolution has brought with it technology, so people have changed their ways of learning and getting access to the information. As a result, teachers have been changing the way they plan and have their classes. During this process, there have been created many pedagogical approaches and methodologies, one of them is Flipped Learning. But what is it? How does it work? Does it really work?.
To begin with, it is relevant to know and understand the definition of Flipped Learning. In my personal opinion, it is a teaching practice that allows you, as a teacher, to empower students to learn by themselves, allowing them to make their own decisions and be opened to new ways of learning. Flipped Learning Network (FLN). (2014) defines it as "Flipped Learning is an approach that allows teachers to implement a methodology, or various methodologies, in their classrooms. (p.1). In the same line of thought, Buitrago (2020) states "flipped learning is a compassionate teaching methodology where students are placed at the center of the learning process and teachers are architects of authentic meaningful and intentional learning experiences for both spaces of learning (in and out of the classroom)" (p1). As a result, flipped learning is a learning- teaching approach where students are the center of our classes while doing so we design relevant and authentic learning experiences, by doing so students become empowered and critical towards their learning process and choices to be successful.
That definition sounds interesting, right? Well, if you are interested in starting a great change in your classes, the first action to take is to decide to flip everything, including the way you think. Once you have made the decision, there is no way to be back to the traditional class. Adapting flipped learning implies that you are not going to be the center anymore, you are going to become that coach who cheers your students upon their learning process, empower them to make decisions towards their process, the one whos is going to listen to and support them when things do not go well, tell them that is part of the process being wrong and that is normal. This way you will have a closer relationship with your students.
Buitrago. C. 2020 http://crbuitrago.com/my-own-definition-of-flipped-learning/
Flipped Learning Network (FLN). (2014) The Four Pillars of F-L-I-P™