The Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Flipping Their Classrooms

Flipped classrooms can help students reach towards the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and personalized learning goals. But there’s more to flipping a classroom than having students watch videos at home and expecting them to participate in thoughtful conversations the next day.

If you aren’t careful, your flipped classroom won’t add any more value to you, your students or the learning process. Here are three common mistakes that educators make when deciding to flip their classroom.

blue one smallNot Properly Setting Expectations
First things first: You cannot expect students to understand what you are trying to accomplish by flipping your classroom without explaining its purpose. There’s no need to layout entire lesson plans to students, but it’s important to properly set expectations. So many elements will be brand new to students. Start by introducing them to the technology that will support the flipped classroom and then let them know how you expect them to use it.

green 2 smallNot Teaching Students How to Watch Videos
Videos are possibly the most important element of flipped classrooms. When students watch videos successfully, they can begin grasping fundamental and conceptual knowledge to help drive more engagement during classroom time. Use some classroom time early on to illustrate to students just how they should watch the videos. Show them what to pay attention to and how to block out the noise. Work through a few videos together as a class and allow students to pause the video and discuss their thoughts with you and their peers.

orange 3 smallNot Establishing a Note-Taking Process
If videos are the most important element to flipping a classroom, notes are a close second. There is a variety of methods for taking notes. In a flipped classroom model, poor note taking can lead to a less than optimal classroom experience. Develop a process for students to follow while they take notes. For instance, if vocabulary is important, make sure they have a section in their notes to capture important vocabulary words covered in videos. Or if there is a certain hierarchal relationship of information, show students how to use outlines in their notes.

Before you jump on the flipped classroom bandwagon, remember that there will be an adjustment period for students. As the process of learning changes, be careful not to leave students behind.