I spent this summer in Madrid taking four courses through Endicott College for my Masters degree in International Education Administration. Throughout the year I will be taking online courses and I will return to Madrid next summer to finish my degree.
I was fortunate to learn with an amazing cohort of teachers from around the world. This summer I clung to the quote attributed to Socrates, “The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know.” I left Madrid with a brain full of new information to ponder, inspiration for my class this year, and questions on how to apply what I learned in an authentic email.
An innovation for my classroom this year that I am going to implement, measure, and take data on is the flipped classroom. I have seen its impact and success in the secondary classes and researched how to implement it in an elementary classroom. I found many elementary teachers on twitter and in the blog world that are flipping their classrooms and seeing major improvement in students` achievement, engagement, responsibility, and motivation.
What is a flipped class and why does it work?
In a flipped classroom students do what they would traditionally do in the classroom (listen to me teach) at home, and during class we use the time to work through problems, do collaborative group work, and engage in authentic problems from the world outside of school.
I'm excited to see it in action this year. It will definitely be a learning process, for me, my students, and parents, but I believe the results will show through students' motivation and performance.
Mrs. K has been teaching for eight years. She has taught in three different countries and loves each one for its uniqueness.