Innovative Flipped Classroom Teaching Tips

How would you envision a flipped classroom for bilingual students? A flipped classroom is just what it means – an inverted class where students take the direction of the learning experience.

For bilingual students, that learning generates a powerful way to acquire more than language skills. Students receive what they are learning and use it positively. 

How to Start a Flipped Classroom 

A flipped classroom usually incorporates a module of lessons that the teachers assemble before starting a class. This type of instruction is ideal for teachers with plenty of reading or extensive material students need to learn or master within a learning objective.

While flipped classrooms occur in higher-education, an inverted class has quickly emerged in K-12 classrooms. Once students take the time to investigate, discover, and explore the material, teachers evaluate the progress.

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  • However, teachers do not merely add reading material or lectures covered in class.
  • Instead, instructors assign learning materials so that students interact.
  • Then, they engage with videos, articles, and open response tools.
  • During class time, teachers dedicate the instruction to a more profound level of thinking or address misconceptions.
  • In this way, students engage with previous knowledge, and teachers develop students’ metacognition.
  • The best part is that class time is not one-on-one instruction.
  • On the other hand, teachers use class time to assemble teams, student groups, and problem or project-based learning groups.
  • Building classroom expectations, setting ground rules, and grading procedures ensure students understand the concept of flipped classrooms.
  • Otherwise, a flipped class becomes a read ahead and teach later.
  • Instead, flipped classrooms innovate the learning process in students to integrate ideas into much deeper learning thinking.

As with any learning in school, you need instructional techniques to monitor and assess students’ progress. 

Flipped Classroom Instructional Tips

Creating and organizing the modules with learning materials is an easy task with the help of the most innovative educational, technological tools. Simple learning management tools (LMS) aids your instructional lesson planning and curriculum development.

  • Aside from using technology to support your teaching, use platforms to monitor and track students’ progress.
  • One of the most challenging aspects of implementing a flipped-classroom approach is to ensure students go through the modules.
  • While assigning modules to complete is a straightforward approach for most students, consider other ways to motivate students to use the modules.
  • For bilingual students that do not have easy access to the Internet or at-risk students with a lack of educational support, you need to consider that the flipped part of the instruction must happen in the classroom.
  • Perhaps, instructions might need to be in English and other languages, so students understand expectations.
  • Also, you might need to think that computers might not be readily available.

When I used Google Classroom as an LMS learning platform in my classroom, I planned my lessons according to educational standards and learning objectives. By using similar grouping objectives or educational goals, I was able to dedicate two to three days of instruction.

Because students used computers at school in a one-to-one, the peer interaction or group discussion occurred in later lessons. With the help of simple apps in Google Classroom, I used different ways to track the process of formative assessments to help me address the misunderstandings of concepts.

In this way, clearing up thoughts helped to ensure that students would succeed in understanding the next topic. 

Educational Tech Tools Useful for Bilingual Learners

Captivating the attention of bilingual students with learning materials requires tech tools with multiple functions. For bilingual students to succeed in flipped classrooms, using various tools can help them develop the language skills necessary to flourish.

  • For instance, text-to-speech, translators, and immediate feedback are a few of the resources bilingual students require to master language standards.
  • One powerful app that supports the learning process in bilingual students is the VoiceThread for K-12 education.
  • When you use videos or animations, you can record messages to your students as you assign specific stops.
  • In the same way, students can also record their voices to send messages about the video.
  • Similarly, bilingual students can practice phonics and reading comprehension.
  • Another powerful tech tool is PlayPosit.
  • This interactive platform uses videos integrated with other lessons to create multi-task sessions.
  • For instance, bilingual students can start with a brief video that you can include captions or a sidebar with glossary terms in English and other languages.

Video Multimedia Tools

  • Other tech tools to help you record your voice in videos or modules are EduCreations and GoClass+.
  • A valuable aspect of GoClass+ is that it easily integrates into group discussions.
  • That is, video recording tools create an ideal part of a flipped classroom.
  • One remarkable app for bilingual students is the Actively Learning tech tool.
  • With Actively Learning, you can use a variety of language applications within one document.
  • For instance, the platform uses text-to-speech, Spanish translations, dictionary, annotations, and scaffolding.
  • The educational tool also aids you in tracking the process of module completion and students accomplishing standards. 

A flipped classroom for bilingual instruction establishes more than innovative uses of tech tools for language development. As a result, bilingual students develop those skills by practicing at their own learning pace, whether at home or school.

Using a variety of language tools to support your modules for bilingual students ensures the success of their learning and making world connections. 

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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