True to form, I flip-flopped right to the wire in deciding what to use for my final presentation for Course 5, and sadly, the end of the COETAIL course at YIS. This last minute flip-flop seems somewhat appropriate in that eventually I opted for the ‘Flipped Classroom’ project which I first wrote about early last year, and have developed further from exploring the (often controversial and divisive) Flipped Classroom concept as it is currently understood, through both the readings and f2f sessions on the COETAIL course over the last 18 months.
While I had originally planned to write-up the increasingly extensive way in which I have begun to use Google Sites in my school – in particular a World War Two project the pupils completed – I began to think about overall impact, and although this has had significant impact amongst pupils and in the larger school context, I felt that my ‘Flipped Classroom’ project has had even more. The project is my own take on a buzzword which in is hard to avoid in current educational discourse, and has been both a revelation, and a revolution in my own classroom. It has grown from many of the ideas and tools to which COETAIL initially introduced me to, and the confidence it has given me to use them in my practice. The project continues to develop in interesting and innovative ways alongside the children’s confidence and enthusiasm to be involved in it, and has led to the start of other ‘Flipped Classroom’ initiatives within my school such as that by Neil Willis, and my own introduction of a Google-style 20% time pilot starting next week, inspired by this group of innovative educators.
The video presentation tells the rest of the story better than I can, and fittingly it is told largely by the children, both the focus of and driving force behind the success of our take on a ‘Flipped Classroom’, where, students truly lead and teachers follow. The innovation, confidence, engagement, humour and creativity they have brought to it has made me reflect deeply on my philosophy and practice as an educator, and made me a better teacher in the process. Flipping. Incredible. Journey.
Image Credit 1. Flip Flops photo from CC Search