It’s amazing to me how flipped classes around the world look the same. I have spent the past two weeks in Taiwan and China sharing about flipped learning and visiting flipped classrooms. All of the classes I have visited have been active places of learning. Some have used technology and others rely simply on whiteboards, paper, and pencil. In each class, students are taking more ownership of their learning because the teacher has moved the direct instruction (lecture) to the individual space.
In a flipped classroom, direct instruction takes place in the individual, rather than the group space. The group space is then repurposed and teachers use things like practice, inquiry, group work, projects, and a myriad of other engaging activities during class time. (Read more about Individual Space and Group Space in my post: Reframing the Flipped Learning Discussion). For some educators having an active classroom where students think and problem-solve comes naturally, but other teachers are stuck at the front of the room, feeling they need to be information disseminators. There is something magical about a flipped classroom. Students are engaged, active, and happy.
Check out this video compilation I created of the classes I visited while in Asia. Notice how little the teacher talks and how much the students are engaged.