Watching recorded lessons in the privacy of your home (or in a support classroom) allows students to re-watch, rewind, discuss with a friend/support teacher/parents… then the teacher can reteach in small chunks while students are participating in active learning. When flip teaching is done right, what matters is that it uses time differently and more effectively, in ways that can profoundly benefit all learners, including students with special needs.
How to get started, the basics-
Six Steps to Flipping a Classroom
- Plan: Identify which lesson you want to flip.
- Record: Make a video that incorporates your classroom lessons.
- Share: Send the video to your students, explaining that it will be discussed in class.
- Change: After students view the lesson, they’ll be prepared to take a deeper dive into the concepts discussed.
- Group: Split students into groups and give them a task to perform. Make it fun—examples include writing a poem or making a video.
- Regroup: Bring the students back together to share everyone’s work. Ask questions to encourage comprehensive understanding.
- iNov8 provided a “Flipped classroom for students with special needs – List of tools” that includes: Those that can be used outside of the classroom only (content curation and interactive screencasting) Those that can be used both inside or outside the classroom (screensharing, interactive polling) and Those used mainly for use inside the classroom (digital storytelling, blogging/microblogging, concept mapping).
- What is a Flipped Classroom? - Special Education and … Flipped About Learning - Information on the flipped classroom. What it is, and what people are saying about it.
- One teacher's experiences and recommendations and a great teacher site that offers valuable implementing resources.
- My Pinterest site will provide you with resources for how to put your own flipped classroom together.
- 54 Flipped Classroom Tools for Teachers and Students
Tech and Learning's article, "Flipping Instruction for Struggling Students" provides a short slide show along with tips and resources.
The thinking behind the flipped class - blended learning where students learn content through technology usually at home, and "homework" is done in class with teachers and students discussing and solving questions, involved in projects - is to engage learners in and out of the classroom. The dynamic nature of this approach enables teachers to create effective and fun learning experiences. Flipped classrooms can help to bring parents into the classroom, creating more family involvement, conversation and knowledge about what is being taught. Parents have the knowledge to then reinforce what is being taught in the classroom with life experiences, extending the learning even further. How our special needs students lives can be enriched through this process and the support it can provide - that's the cherry on the top.