Over the next 8 weeks, every weekend, I will offer you a challenge for the following week. These challenges will come from other teachers, researchers, academics and coaches and take on different formats. You can try one, try the ones you like, or try them all. The hope is that it will stimulate thought about your practice, your pupils understanding and their learning and potentially change them for the better.
PE Challenge No. 2: Teach a flipped class.
This week the challenge comes from James Simms, a PE Teacher and Assistant Head, with a clear idea how technology can be used to make learning personalised. Please listen to the video to hear James explain the challenge.
A key part to flipping your class is to ensure you gain evidence of students completing the homework and preparing fully for the next lesson.
Classwork, which traditionally is delivered by presentation and lectures, effectively becomes the homework. Students are given individual responsibility for going through the information at their own pace. This can be incredibly useful if students are unable to master the material in class time, as exam syllabuses ensure that you only have a fixed amount of certain topics before having to move on. There is a significant outlay in preparation for a flipped classroom, especially in making resources, however you can send pupils back to them potentially saving time for yourself with future classes.
More lesson time therefore can be spent checking knowledge and supporting understanding of the information, giving feedback and correcting misconceptions and common errors within class. It allows for class discussion, peer support, scaffolding and tutoring. It also allows greater time for low stakes testing. Low stake tests could take the form of Q and As, multiple choice and short answer tests. It has been shown that testing, rather that repeated studying promotes better long term retention of information. This is enhanced if students then receive corrective feedback.
Please feel free to contact James directly on Twitter @My_PE_Exam. He is happy to help share his thoughts and advice on how to create an effective flipped classroom and of course supplies excellent resources for you free of charge on his website. However to help you make your own mind on this teaching method, why don’t you give it a try and decide for yourself, and see if it fits the context of your school, students and teaching.
If you decide to accept the challenge, I would love you to share your thoughts. Did it help your teaching or your pupils learning in anyway? What were the outcomes of the challenge, both positive and negative?
You can either post your response to this blog.
Or on Twitter direct to me at @imsporticus
Or on Twitter with the hashtag #pechallenge and I shall collate them.
If you missed the first PE challenge you can find it here.
Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you.