Reverse instruction is an interesting concept and one that greatly appeals to me. With this instructional method teachers assign videos, articles and other materials for the students to view for homework. The aim being that students receive the traditional technical teaching at home which allows for more time for deeper engagement with the content in school (link). Some examples of sites that can be used to promote this style of teaching are Khan Academy, TED-Ed, and BrainPop.
As I reflect on the topics my class has covered this year, I can easily think of several examples of where I could see this style of teaching working. Recently my students have been working on measurement and I immediately thought that the next time I teach this unit, I should try reverse instruction. At home I could have the students watch videos and learn the basics of measurement (unit conversion, selecting an appropriate unit of measure, how to use measurement tools properly). All of these basic ideas take time to teach students and if I could do it through technology at home, that would leave me more room in class to develop projects and tasks that allow the students to engage with the topic on a deeper level and to demonstrate critical thinking. Such projects could include having the students create blueprints and models.
Like any teaching method the idea of reverse instruction or flipping a classroom should not be taken lightly and requires much advanced planning. There are two major questions that teachers should answer before using this method:
- Instruction models do not work with every student. Reverse instruction requires students take responsibility for their own learning and understanding of various concepts because the initial teaching is done at home. Not all students will succeed with this style of teaching and it is important that we remember our job is to educate everyone and not only a few. How do we best accommodate students who do not suit this style of learning?
- If students are receiving the instruction at home, then what is being done in class? Does class time become a review of the homework or is it an opportunity to explore the topics further?
The Flipped Classroom is Hot, Hot, Hot: 15 Recent News Stories found on YouTube, uploaded by EmergingEdTech
A Blurry Sense of Magnitude by ZeRo’SKiLL, found on Flickr, Creative Commons Licensed