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Flip It.

NO! Not that kind of flip...

Flipped learning.

Never heard of it?

Flipped learning can be a game changer for children that need more time to build background knowledge, process new information, and increase truly active engagement during the school day.

So... What is flipped learning?

Also known as a flipped classroom, it is an approach to instruction that has students initially interacting with new material in their own individual space. Students might read articles, identify information, or watch videos of a new concept at their own pace.

Time in the classroom is then spent on active engagement, completing higher level tasks, and deepening knowledge. The teacher, in this case, is more of a guide as students do the work through projects and tasks that focus more on collaboration and peer support. Teachers are able to work with smaller groups of students at a time, complete ongoing assessments that directly relate to the project or task, and provide support in the form of reteaching/reviewing concepts for students that need it.

In traditional learning, new concepts are introduced in the classroom, often with teachers "telling" students new information. Homework is then given, leaving students to process and grapple with new information by themselves.

What happens when a student "doesn't get it"? Or the homework is incorrect?

For students that need additional support for processing, this traditional approach might not work.

If we think of flipped learning as an opportunity to build the background knowledge and absorb new information at an individual pace, the engagement with this new information happens in the classroom with the support of the teacher to clarify, reframe, and support.

How does flipped learning benefit students with disabilities and learning differences?

  • naturally provides extended time for learning new information

  • new information can be read multiple times, as needed

  • passages, articles and stories can be heard using assistive technology (found on computers and tablets) to support with comprehension

  • students can break learning into smaller chunks

Students with disabilities and learning differences need opportunities to learn new information in a way that makes sense for them.

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