“They don’t think we know anything,”
Jamie complained to me. It’s as if we are this empty cup and they want to “pour into us.” At high school I am doing human geography that my youth pastor doesn’t understand but when I get to youth they don’t even know where Assyria would be on the map today!”
One of the reasons that high school seniors are checked out is because things are just too simple for them. Here’s a strategy that educators are using in high schools and colleges to engage students in the teaching learning process. You’ll be amazed at the results…
Let Them Teach
You probably know this already. You learn best when you teach. The flipped classroom allows students to explore a subject and present their learning. The students become the teacher and you become the audience.
Suzy was doing a huge project for school on procrastination. I challenged her to present it to the youth ministry with a Biblical Perspective. You could have heard a pin drop when she challenged the youth to not put off living for God. A huge change took place in her life as well as she began to lead Bible Studies in her high school art room.
Here are all kinds of ways to involve students in the teaching learning process.
- Have a your oldest students form a panel for Q and A from younger students about living for God in your last year of highschool.
- Have the whole youth room divide into groups and make a commercial for half time at the superbowl about why everyone needs to read the Bible Every Day
- Have students plan and execute an outreach night including the promotion, the theme, the food, the activities, the message, the after activities and the follow up of new believers
- Follow Up –what if students worked together to design a follow up program for other students who give their heart to the Lord and work their way through it.
- Small Group could be run by the students one time. They work with the curriculum and lead the group. The usual leader just lends a hand.
- Write a devotional. I’ve had students write a half page devotional. If they are tech savvy they can post it like a blog. If you have enough of them you can provide devotions by student for students for a month.
Tons of ideas exist out there to engage students in the learning process. Trust the Holy Spirit that he will work through students to learn from him and share this learning with their peers. I bet it will make a huge difference!
Here a link to a Ted Talk about the Flipped Class Room –its time we flip the youth room too!! In fact here’s a whole bunch of resources for you from the university of Washington!
Quick start guides and tool kits
- Quick Start Guide for “Flipping” Your Class, Center for Teaching and Learning, UT-Austin
- Blended Learning Toolkit Reader, prepared by University of Central Florida with the American Assoc. of State Colleges and Universities. Includes recorded webinars with guest presenters talking about what worked for them.
- Team-based Learning offers advice on how to structure groups and tasks, and scale it up to large classrooms. Videos too!
- Quick Start Guide to Flipping Your Classroom with Peer Instruction
- UW video on innovative teaching techniques: Lecture Capture
- 5 Things I wish I knew When I Flipped My Class
- Let’s Use Video to Reinvent Education, TED talk by Salman Khan
Blogs and websites
- Faculty Focus. See especially: Looking for “Flippable” Moments in Your Class, Understanding the Flipped Classroom Part 1 and Part 2
- Turn to Your Neighbor: The Official Peer Instruction Blog. See especially: “Quick Start Guide to Flipping Your Classroom with Peer Instruction”
- 6 Expert Tips for Flipping the Classroom Campus Technology, Jan 2013
- Stanford’s Online Strategy Campus Technology, Jan 2013
- San Jose State U. Says Replacing Live Lectures with Videos Increased Test Scores Chronicle of Higher Ed, Oct 2012.
- Understanding the Flipped Classroom, Faculty Focus, Oct 2012.
- What Campuses Can Learn from Online Teaching Wall Street Journal, Oct 2012 [also available through UW Libraries]
- The Flipped Classroom FAQ by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, Sept 2012
- Back to School: How to get your first university class off to a flying start at The Guardian, Sept 2012
- The Inverted Classroom, by Robert Talbert, Education Reform, May 2012.
- Flipping the Classroom requires more than video at Wired, April 2012
- How ‘Flipping the Classroom’ Can Improve the Traditional Lecture at The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Feb 2012
- 7 Things you should know about Flipped Classrooms by Educause, Feb 2012
- The Inverted Classroom: What it is, Why We Need it and What it Might Look Like, a keynote Prezi presentation, Teaching Conference, University of Edinburgh, Jan 2012
- Leaving lectures behind, North Caroline State University, Sept 2011
- Active Learning vs Covering the Syllabus, Chem Eng Education, 1999
- Michelle Pacansky-Brock’s website includes a variety of resources, including an interview with students about “flipping the classroom.” There is also a link to her SlideShare collection, within which there is 2009 PowerPoint presentation on “How and Why I Flipped My Classroom.”
- The Electric Educator is the website of a high school science teacher. He has a full blog post on how to “flip your classroom through reverse instruction” and a YouTube video describing “5 Things I wish I knew about the flipped classroom.”
- Bergmann, J., & Sams, A. (2012). Flip your classroom: Reach every student in every class every day. Eugene, Or: International Society for Technology in Education.