Today, many school systems and elementary programs are taking on the flipped classroom approach as a part of the blended learning model. Not familiar with blended learning? Find out the ins and outs of it in this related blog post. Whether you are considering flipping your classroom or incorporating a Flex model, here are a few suggestions on how to seamlessly integrate blended learning into your elementary classroom:
- Get Video Savvy – for students to effectively learn outside of the classroom, they will need instructional content to engage with online. Videos allow a visual means for you to communicate directly to the student in an online environment. Whether it is a review of addition/subtraction lessons or an online multiplication quiz, visuals will aid in both student and parent engagement.
- Encourage Parent Involvement – for a flipped classroom to be successful, learning has to take place at home. Since teachers cannot physically be with the students, they can use creative fixes to account for things like a lack of Internet access. Sending home recorded lessons on USBs or DVDs is a great way to show parents what is being taught in the classroom and give them a guide for how to support that learning at home.
- Put Precedence on Math – one of the primary goals of blended learning is to center student learning on math integration in a digital manner. To help you provide comprehensive math skills outside of the classroom, we suggest the Mastering Math Skills Class Packs. It covers grade-appropriate math skills, lessons, and a classroom presentation CD, making blended learning an engaging possibility for the classroom.
We hope you found this post helpful in better understanding blended learning and how it can be integrated into your elementary classroom. To learn more about how to ‘flip’ your classroom and what the benefits of blended learning can be, check out the following PowerPoint: http://www.magnet.edu/files/2013-conferences/flip-n-out.pdf