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Nam Ngo Thanh: My Flipped Classroom

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 by Nam Ngo Thanh
Expert Educator Columnist, Vietnam

Technology is important part of my work in the classroom. I have always looking for new ways to teach. So, after the workshop of a fellow in Vietnam – MS Quyen To, I decided to try this new approach in teaching process in my classroom.

What is flipped classroom?

Teachers made the video about the theory and basic exercises, share it over the Internet, so the students can look at it before lecture itself, so the time in class can be devoted to the questions of students, doing exercises or discussion of knowledge.

What are advantages of Flipped Classroom?

+ The role of teacher is changed. He guide his students through exploring the lesson, encourage them, support and help them to develop their ideas. Students are getting knowledge through active roles. They are not passive any more.

+Teacher also change their approach – they don’t just send informations, they become intelectual leaders.

+ Teachers are motivated to experiment, to get new experiences in class, they also learned with their students.

+ It allows teachers to use the time of the class better, working directly with students.

+It helps students to think about the most important facts of lecture, and to understand causes and consequences of the lecture instead to try to understand what teacher just said.

+ It allows teachers to spend more time with their students, to talk about the content of sermons has been previewed at home, to discuss, comment, as well as to exercise applying of knowledge through practical activities.

How do I flip my class?

*Teacher: My flipped classroom model is very simple. I make my lessons by using some software such as Office Mix, Sway, Adobe Presenter…either by simply doing on camera, or using screen capture with a voiceover. At first year, it tooks me quite a long time for the preparation of the lessons. Every next school year it is easier because I can use the lesson that I’ve previously prepared. I can also shared prepared lessons with my coleagues. The next step I need to do is share these resources to my students. They are all saved on OneNote where my students or their parents can get easily.

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A lecture was made with Sway

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*Student: They can watch these lessons on their smartphone, in the school computer, at home. They can watch alone, with their friends or parents. Students who don’t have technology or parents to help them at home will be supported at class by teacher. They can pause, rewind and rewatch the lessons. They also need to summarise lesson and take note questions which need help answering.

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Students need to understand steps to learn

*Class time: Students review their knowledge through the conversation with the whole class or in small groups. They talk about important parts of the lesson. They also ask each other their questions and disscuss answers and compare answers. My students love to work on project related to lesson. My role is to help them whenever they have difficulties. If I have more time, we will review the video again.

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Sudents work in small group

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Project: Water Cycle

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Students spend class time for doing project

2 Comments

  1. Amazing lesson indeed! the flipped classroom approach makes it possible for the facilitator to reach out to each students individually through the classroom activity.

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