Structuring Learning

1. Classroom Strategies

Flipped Classroom

This is a strategy where students are asked to access content, what is usually provided through a lecture or other activity (reading, for example) during class time, OUTSIDE of class. This is so that class time can be used to apply the content that was learned. 

For more on this, see: Teachers Guide to Flipped Classroom by Edudemic

With this strategy, students can access teacher-created video as homework so that they are prepared to apply their learning in class. 

Some people use this with great success, as you can read in the Edudemic article above. I prefer to create opportunities for watching video within the classroom and make them accessible for viewing outside of the classroom as well. This is known as Blended Learning.


Blended Learning

blended learning definition from Wikipedia

I find that incorporating well-structured video viewing activities into the classroom is a great way to differentiate learning for our students. Video is a great equalizer as students are able to control their learning with the pause and rewind buttons. 

You can listen to Daniel Afriye, math teacher from the EMSB, describe how he began recording his lessons and the surprising benefits he discovered throughout the process in this video:

(This video is part of a PD Mosaic Tile on Blended Learning)

Daniel originally created his videos to be used outside of the class room but he allowed students to view them during class time as well. After creating video for his courses for a little while, he began to realize that he could stop lecturing altogether by using a station rotation model to structure the viewing of his lecture videos in class. This could free him up to work with students in small groups so as to better answer questions and provide feedback on their learning.


Station Rotation Model

Briefly, a station rotation model is a classroom management strategy that has students moving through different learning activities (or stations) in small groups. The most important part of this model is the teacher station. Imagine - each time you use a station rotation model you can have the opportunity to connect with each of your students in a small group setting

I have already created a comprehensive resource on using stations in the classroom on PD Mosaic. I invite you to explore the resources there, they include teacher testimony as well as planning resources you can use.

Learning in Stations on PD Mosaic

So often we want to use videos in our classrooms but recognize that showing a video to everyone at the same time is not the best way to go about it. Stations are an excellent way to manage viewing videos in your classroom in a way that makes sense for all of your students.