Flipping School

I’ve been at the Education Festival today and watched a panel discussion which mentioned the concept of Flipped Learning.


To summarise the main points:

A flipped classroom is where you supply kids with films and materials to access learning so that the children can engage in discussion in class.

This is reasonable but essentially reductive. It describes the how, not the why. Applying that recipe will not lead to an effective implementation.

Flipping a classroom requires a change of spirit. It requires the teachers to be willing to shift the locus of control. Flipping puts the locus of control with the learners. It means:

1) learners will drive the agenda in lessons,
2) teachers will really need to know their stuff and be able to answer any question on the learning.
3) the teachers need to plan ahead to supply the learning resources
4) be prepared to follow the learners, at best shepherd them. Controlling the detail is not an option.

Why stop at the classroom?

Why not flip the planning?

At present the locus of control for planning of the learning in school sits with the teachers. It does not sit with the learners of their families.

So I give you Flipped Planning:

This requires the shift of the locus of control to the learners and their families.

Consider the impact of inviting families to an evening to discuss the topics and themes tht should be taught in the next half term of their children’s life.

Consider the impact of engaging in authentic consultation with the children in your class, checking their perspective on the plans and responding to that feedback with appropriate amendments.

The children in your class are somebody else’s children, there is a locus of control, maybe we need to shift it, just a little back towards the parents, who are after all, the experts in their own children.

6 thoughts on “Flipping School

  1. In one week, the English department ay my secondary comprehensive will be doing just this. Holding a town meeting for families and students that is the first step to a collaborative process of developing the curriculum for the years to come.

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