“If you wanted to create an education environment that was directly opposed to what the brain was good at doing, you probably would design something like a classroom.”
John Medina, Brain Rules
In a flip class, educators have dedicated a lot of attention and valiant effort to redesigning approaches to direct classroom instruction (e.g. lecture) so that class time is transformed into something more…well…effective. Such effort has resulted in an incredible movement where teachers and students are radically changing the out-of-class experience. We have software and systems galore – ranging from free to expensive, screencasts, interactive whiteboards, online homework systems, social annotation systems, learning management systems, MOOCs, question management systems, and more. This is very different from when I went to school and played Zelda all night because I knew whatever I read would be covered in lecture the next day.
It seems to me that less public attention is directed toward what happens during class time. (I’m a culprit of this as well!) Eric Mazur describes Peer Instruction as one way to do something innovative with your flip in class. Indeed, PI offers one robust, low-threshold way to transform student learning during class time backed by 20 years of research.
I put together this self-paced, interactive tutorial on Peer Instruction via TedEd. Check it out, quiz yourself, discuss, and in 5 minutes learn to flip your class using a pedagogy that works. Change how you teach. (Clicking the red play button will take you directly to the TedEd Lesson.)