#UAEmergTech Week 3 Essential Question: Which emerging pedagogy appeals most to you, and might be most useful for your classroom and students? Why?


What are the best ways for me to use my class time? How can I engage more of my students?  How can I be a more effective teacher with the resources at my disposal?  Through the study of open learning environments these are some of my questions for reflection.  I’ve already encountered many exciting and potentially revolutionary ways in which I can infuse open learning into my classroom, yet there are certain roadblocks that (at least initially) detour implementation.  That is why I am most excited about the promise of flipping my classroom!

The above video provides a simplistic summary of what a flipped classroom would look like.  It also answers some of the questions about what a flipped classroom is and by default what is isn’t.  Having lectures via video offered at home, and homework completed with class time puts the expert teachers in position to come along side the students and work with them at an individual level.  This sets quality teaching and individual feedback within easy reach of the students.  Some may be afraid that a flipped classroom will somehow replace teachers, but that isn’t the case.  “Good teaching is the single biggest variable in educating pupils, bigger than class size, family background or school funding, says Eric Hanushek, an education expert at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution” (“Flipping the classroom”).  Quality instruction will always be necessary.  Flipping a classroom simply offers an efficient framework for teachers to organize materials in a way that is easily accessible to students.  It allows students to review videos more than once if they are not grasping complicated topics and move at their own pace.

Flipping my classroom is most useful for me because it allows for me to take a gradual, yet meaningful step to integrating open learning.  I don’t need to flip all of my classes for an entire year at once.  Aside from being overwhelmed, that would be impractical and perhaps cause me to burn out.  Preparing 4 different video lectures each night for the different classes I teach isn’t going to provide a meaningful experience for me or likely for my students (“5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Flipped My Class.mp4”).  I plan to flip one class, and start off with one or two units a quarter.  As a social studies teacher, most of the topics themselves aren’t that complex for students to grasp in the sense that students need a lot of one on one instruction.  What they would benefit from is more guided discussions and small group cooperative learning activities.  Freeing up time that was previously spent passing out information via lecture will fill this newly opened time frame.  I also have quite a few videos that enhance the units I teach.  Most of these supplemental videos are found on YouTube and instead of taking two days to watch a History Channel video on Vikings in class (interesting and informative as they are) I can assign the video for homework. Later that week we can discuss the video with class time.  The flow chart below shows a great framework to guide yourself in flipping your classroom.  (“How to Flip Your Classroom”)

Some teachers think you can flip your classroom and use other people’s videos in that process.  I have read quite a bit of research on that topic and there seems to be some differing opinions.  As stated above, the History Channel can produce a documentary on a topic far more interesting than anything I have the budget or time to do.  Yet it does seem to be important for teachers to generate their own content (Flipping the Classroom).  If I am showing the History Channel’s video, I plan on using my own supplemental discussion questions to partner with the other content.  The teacher is the professional in the classroom and for students to see the teacher presenting the videos establishes authority.  It also forces the teacher to be transparent to not only students but also teachers and administrators.  It is somewhat of a vulnerable feeling to put your presentations on display but it is also an empowering idea as well.  By focusing on certain units in a class I think I will have time to provide a meaningful educational experience by flipping my classroom.  I will have time to create videos and then use the newly liberated classroom time to assist struggling students and develop cooperative activities that enhance critical thinking skills.  (“5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Flipped My Class.mp4”)

Works Cited:

Flipping the classroom. (2011, September 17). Retrieved May 30, 2015, from http://www.economist.com/node/21529062

Learning Resources. (n.d.). Retrieved May 30, 2015, from http://flippedinstitute

How to Flip Your Classroom. (n.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2015, from http://hybridclassroom.com/blog/?p=819 .org/learning-resources

The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms. (n.d.). Retrieved May 30, 2015, from http://www.edudemic.com/guides/flipped-classrooms-guide/

Saltman, Dave. Flipping for Beginners. (n.d.). Retrieved May 30, 2015, from http://hepg.org/hel-home/issues/27_6/helarticle/flipping-for-beginners_517

What a ‘flipped’ classroom looks like. (n.d.). Retrieved May 30, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_p63W_2F_4

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Flipped My Class.mp4. (n.d.). Retrieved June 1, 2015, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JPdGlyt6gg


5 thoughts on “#UAEmergTech Week 3 Essential Question: Which emerging pedagogy appeals most to you, and might be most useful for your classroom and students? Why?

  1. What a great idea to flip social studies! I’ve always thought about flipped classrooms in regards to math, but I really like your ideas about how to do it in your social studies classes. I have to admit that history was one of my least favorite subjects, until I took it in college. In high school, I think I slept through all the lectures on China because my instructor was monotone and lectured the entire class.

    I like your idea, “As stated above, the History Channel can produce a documentary on a topic far more interesting than anything I have the budget or time to do. Yet it does seem to be important for teachers to generate their own content (Flipping the Classroom). If I am showing the History Channel’s video, I plan on using my own supplemental discussion questions to partner with the other content.”

    I think using this approach will allow you to find interesting and engaging material while being an integral part of the lesson because you supply the discussion questions. I can tell that you have put some thought into this and I hope you are able to try it out this coming year.

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  2. I really love the graphic you included which explains the process in seven easy steps. It breaks it down in to much more manageable terms than just trying to accomplish the task yourself.

    I’m curious as to what exactly you plan to do with your class time. You mention discussing videos watched in class – would that be done in small groups or collaborative learning groups, would you use a socratic method of discussion or a puzzle? I’m very interested in how you would implement it as a social studies teacher because I always struggled in social studies, especially in middle and high school. I think your idea shows great promise for students like me. I had trouble remembering the specific dates and times and places. Showing the information through a video or audio file would help those students who couldn’t get the information from simply reading the textbook.

    You mentioned YouTube and History channel for videos. Another source I’ve used in my classroom is Khan Academy. I’ve used it primarily for math; however they have content for history too. Just another free resource for you to check out. 🙂 https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/history

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  3. My presumption (because I only have flipped a lesson or two by requiring a video to be watched at home) is as follows. I would generate an information rich video on one section/subject. Give them the basics of what we will be talking about in class the next day. My lectures currently take almost a full period because I do try to employ Socratic questioning and discussions at the same time that I am passing along information. The videos I produce will hopefully be condensed to 10-15 minutes in length. If they are too long I wonder if students will view them? With the class time itself I would probably use many different cooperative group teaching activities. Jigsaws, whole group, debates, small group and even individual work depending on the day. I could see uploading all the content on a World War II unit for them to watch at home and with class time have students create projects over a specific person, battle, or technology of World War II. This would allow for students to collaborate in class and they can do individual learning outside of class.


    • Good point about the length of the video! Most brain experts recommend 3-5 minutes! I personally have never managed to get videos that short, by and large – but I do try to keep them under 15…and sometimes I can’t do that either.

      Great ideas for authentic social and focused activities during the school day!



  4. I like the idea of having a “Flipped Classroom,” where students learn at their own pace. I can relate to having being sent to the office as a high school student because I didn’t want to get up in front of the class to present to the class. I wasn’t comfortable being in front of the class, and didn’t want to be viewed as being, “dumb” or not knowing what was being presented. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself, and rather than be ridiculed by my classmates because I didn’t know or understand the material, I opted to go sit in the principal’s office because I didn’t feel comfortable sharing my own voice or lack of knowledge with the whole class. I can see how students would benefit from having the teachers standing beside them to help them rather than having the teacher up in front of the class.


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