INSPIRING FLIPPED AND BLENDED LEARNING
The schools within the Inspire Learning Federation are developing both flipped and blended learning to reverse the traditional classroom environment by delivering instructional content, both outside and inside school using video and IT access. Flipped Learning is an approach in which direct instruction moves from a whole class learning space to an individual learning space at home. Blended learning combines the video with classroom teaching in school and the child has some degree of control over when they access the content. The resulting classroom is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the teacher is continually assessing and guiding children as they apply concepts and engage creatively in learning.
Teachers are beginning to develop and film their videos using Screencasting software and Ipads and translate the constructs that build the learning for a specific intention into clear, focused and specific explanations and modelled strategies that use a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract principles.
Our INSPIRE Flipped and Blended Learning Principles:
Classroom environments accommodate learning to support either group work or independent study with readily accessible IT and interactive spaces.
Teachers are flexible in their expectations of pupil constructed learning timelines and in their assessments of pupil learning maximising classroom time in order to enable all children to be successful.
Instruction is deliberately shifted to a learner-centred approach, where in-class time is dedicated to exploring topics in greater depth, creating rich learning opportunities helping children to develop conceptual understanding, as well as procedural fluency.
Teachers are reflective in their practice, connect with each other to improve their instruction and accept constructive criticism in a desire to drive learning and develop their own practice.
Teachers determine what they need to teach and what materials children should explore on their own. During class time, teachers continually observe, providing children with live, relevant and specific feedback.
Teachers take on less visibly prominent roles in the classroom but they remain the essential ingredient that enables flipped and blended learning to secure individual, measurable and rapid rates of progress.
Excellence:Children are actively involved in knowledge construction as they participate in and evaluate their learning in a manner that is personally meaningful.