Flipped Learning: A Student’s Perspective

--Originally published at Flipped learning – ACEnglishteacher

Well, despite a few hiccups along the way, we made it!  We flipped our EFL class all year and what started as an experiment has gradually become our way of learning English…

Those of you who have already read some of my other posts about flipping learning with my 2nd year students in ESO (secondary school in Spain) will know it hasn’t all been plain sailing.  However, once we got set up with Google Classroom, this made organising and managing the flipped classroom much easier Flip learning with Google Classroom.

As always at the end of a school year, I sat down to reflect on teaching and learning; what went well, not so well and what was a complete disaster. This year flipped learning was one of my main considerations,  had the outcomes been positive enough to continue with this model of learning with my 2nd year students and to introduce it to another class?  My answer was yes, without a doubt, but what did my students’ think about it all?

It turns out that we all agreed 😉  

We decided that a good idea would be to make a video about flipped learning for the students in the year below who will become novice flippers in September.  In order to make the video, I first wanted my students to reflect on their experiences and write down and share their opinions about flipped learning, and so this became our last cooperative learning project of the school year.  

Individual space:

Stage 1

Reflect individually on the experience of flipped learning

Students answer as many questions as there are teams, related to flipped learning and their experiences (in my case this was 6.)

  1. What is flipped learning?
  2. What are the good things about flipped learning?
  3. What kind of tasks/activities do you do at home?
  4. What kind of tasks/activities do you do in class?
  5. What should/shouldn’t, must/mustn’t you do in a flipped classroom? (This question because we had just studied these modal verbs ;-))
  6. Describe flipped learning using 3 adjectives…

Group space:

Stage 2

Share individual opinions/experiences of flipped learning

Using the cooperative learning discussion strategy Round Robin, students share their opinions (their answers to the questions) at different stations around the classroom.

Each question becomes a station. The question is written in the middle of an A3 piece of paper. Each team has a different coloured pen and they move through the stations adding their opinions to the piece of paper.

For example, at station 1 students share their answers to question 1 and student A collates their answers.  They then move to station 2, read the previous teams answers (they cannot repeat any information) and then check their ideas and student B adds any information they have between them that isn’t already there. They then move to stations 3, 4, 5, 6 repeating the above steps and changing the secretary each time.

*As each team uses a different colour pen you can check that they have read their classmates’ responses in order not to repeat any information.

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Stage 3

Prepare a script for the video

When teams have visited all 6 stations and recorded their responses to the questions they return to their original station.  Using all the information collated on the sheet of A3 paper from their classmates, they discuss how they are going to present this information in the video and write a script.

Stage 4

Record the video

Each team presents the responses to their question in an original and creative way.  Once all teams have recorded their part the teacher or students use an editing tool (I used iMovie) to put all the videos together and add titles, special effects etc…

And voilá, apart from reflecting on and sharing their flipped learning experiences in a collaborative and creative way, we have one video ready to teach the new flippers all about flipping next September…

If you missed my other posts about flipped learning…

Flipped learning meets cooperative learning #2: Student-generated materials

Flip learning with Google Classroom

Flipped learning. And we’re off…

Flipped learning meets cooperative learning: #1 the spider’s web

Making videos: Flipped learning

Flip writing in the EFL classroom

Why flipped learning has got me excited

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