“Now take your #3 whisk and using a flick with your wrist type motion, gently create soft yet formed peaks.”
When cooking shows moved beyond public television, some chefs were so technical, viewers began defenestrating their whisks and grabbing the Chinese take out menu.
Yes, there is a science to cooking. There is also an art. Neither requires an advanced degree in thermodynamics nor 19th Century Impressionism.
The same is true for flipping your classroom. The process does not require a special skillet, or having a degree in flipitude. I will share with you a simple secret recipe handed down to me by my great great great grandmother all the way from Bartovia and in 6 weeks you will have a 45 minute flipped lesson ready to share with your eager students.
Just kidding. I will share a simple recipe that any teacher who wants to flip can use. Total time: 20 minutes to prepare and launch.
But, first, let me answer the question: why flip?
Many articles attribute the flipped classroom to Aaron Sams and Jon Bergmann - the founders of flipped classroom. Yes, they are fantastic teachers and mentors, and yes, they brought flipped classroom to forefront of education.
They didn’t create the process, though (ssh! Don’t tell them).
You know who did? English teachers.
“For homework, please read Chapter 3 of To Kill A Mockingbird. e will discuss it in class.”
That set of instructions is the essence of a flipped classroom. Students learn the concepts or skills outside the classroom and then discuss the information or act on the skills in class.
That’s all flipped classroom model really is when it is broken down.
Instead of teaching the concept in class and having students practice using it for homework, the process is flipped.
Here are a few examples:
In all of the above scenarios, the learning takes place outside the classroom and the doing/activity in the classroom (vs. the traditional model of the learning in the class and homework is doing).
The benefits of Flipped Classroom are:
With the benefits in the forefront, you can taste the opportunity. Imagine your classroom now bustling with learning and activity and you engaging in conversation and building up the wonder and excitement of students.
I’m going to provide a recipe to create a flipped classroom using 4 ingredients. It’s by no means the ONLY way to flip, but following Gene Simmon’s rule of keep it stupidly simple (aka KISS), it’s as easy as those no-bake desserts.
Prep Time: 20min Learn Time: 20min at home Activity Time: 1 class period
Note: creating a Kaizena Lesson (micro-unit of learning) enhances the learning by identifying a key concept or skill and attaching information which can be in the form of text, video, or audio. For step by step instructions on how to create a Kaizena lesson, click on this link.
6. Return to your Google Doc open, place your concept, content, or skill in the document.
- For example, if students are learning about the Boston Tea Party, place a paragraph, or an image related to the event.
7. Using Kaizena, highlight a section and select, “Attach a Lesson.”
8. Select the Kaizena lesson you want.
9. Repeat steps B & C until the content, skill, or concept is sufficiently explained.
Well, there you have it. A simple recipe to create a flipped classroom.
But wait! Just like every chef has a ready made seven layer cake topped with lemon chiffon icing, my colleagues and I at Kaizena are providing you with a sample flipped lesson and a video that depicts how we created it. Feel free to make a copy of the sample lesson as a model.
Cooking, like teaching, requires a combination of instructing, creativity, sweat, and determination. Chefs only use the best ingredients. Teachers should, too. Kaizena is one of those ingredients to help you flip your classroom into a world of wonderfully delicious learning.
Natalie has been using Kaizena to help prepare her ELL students for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), a required state test for students whose primary language is not English.
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