The emerging pedagogy that appeals most to me is flipped learning because it would allow my students to complete homework and extend their learning by doing hands-on activities in the classroom with me, instead of listening to me lecture. The simplest way to understand flipped learning is to think of it as “moving the more passive elements of learning (watching a lecture, reading a chapter, etc.) outside of the classroom, so that more class time is available for interactive, hands-on learning” (Edudemic, 2015).
I feel that there are many possible positive things that can come from flipped learning. Having my lessons on video would allow me to have lessons available to students who are absent. It would also be helpful for students and parents who are struggling comprehending lessons because they can pause and rewind. I feel that it could help me assess learning better because I can see where students are struggling. I like that students could have class time to do projects that are geared towards their individual interests and learning styles. The potential negative aspects of a flipped classroom are that I could not ensure that all students are watching the videos, even though I could make sure that they all have access to the videos. Students may not want to watch the videos just like they may not complete homework. There also may be students who do not learn well from the videos because they cannot ask questions. Further, “the flipped classroom is an easy model to get wrong. Although the idea is straightforward, an effective flip requires careful preparation. Recording lectures requires effort and time on the part of faculty, and out-of-class and in-class elements must be carefully integrated for students to understand the model and be motivated to prepare for class. As a result, introducing a flip can mean additional work and may require new skills for the instructor, although this learning curve could be mitigated by entering the model slowly” (Educause, 2012).
My main concern is how to set-up a flipped classroom, especially in a primary grade. I know that I would need to have my parents on board. They would need to agree to allow their child to watch a short video each night. They would also need to have Internet access. I found a really cool video on YouTube that shows how I could use flipped learning to teach letters and letter sounds (Buehler, 2013).
Buehler, A. (2013, February 5). Flipped Classroom: Kindergarten – The Letter “Bb”. Retrieved June 2, 2015, from YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGM4v30g7o4
Educause. (2012, February 7). 7 Things You Should Know About Flipped Classrooms. Retrieved June 2, 2015, from Educause: https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7081.pdf
Edudemic. (2015). The Teacher’s Guide To Flipped Classrooms. Retrieved June 2, 2015, from Edudemic: http://www.edudemic.com/guides/flipped-classrooms-guide