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INTERVIEW WITH A GURU: Flipped learning for students at Ashhurst School

Flipped learning isn't new, but if done well,  it does require a radical redefinition of the role of the teacher, the student and the best use of time between them. (flglobal.org/).  So what is flipped learning?

Traditional classroom

In the traditional classroom, the teacher delivers new learning to the students face-to-face. Students listen, interact, take notes, and then consolidate new knowledge during homework or followup tasks.

Flipped classroom 

In the flipped classroom, students do the basic learning prior to working with the teacher and then cover the applied learning and any problems in class. This means there is less passive learning in class and more active and personalised learning. Students access a teacher-created website and/or watch teacher-created/sourced videos on their devices. They are able to stop and rewind the information as often as they need until they understand the concept.

Enabling e-Learning: Flipped Learning 

In this interview, Heath Chittenden (principal of Ashhurst School) talks about how his dedicated teachers are examining and changing their role as teachers, to source, create and share flipped content; in order to free-up-time to better meet the needs of their learners. 

Because strong relationships have already been established between the students and their teachers, the instruction remains with the same; except the delivery method is via video clips. As Heath reflects, what's the difference between talking in front of a white board or using a flip board and video to introduce the same content? 

The biggest difference at Ashhurst school is that there is far less teacher talk or 'waffle'. This means more targeted delivery of concise information and quality content via video resources, freeing up time for teachers to become activators of learning - where students have more time to process, delve deeper and apply new learning.

Successful implementation of flipped learning requires a mastery of the pedagogy and best practices of the flipped classroom. (flglobal.org/).

Keep an eye out over the next few days: as Enabling e-Learning releases several new school stories sharing changes in teacher practice at Ashhurst school, and the benefits this is having on their students in a student-centred learning environment.

Do you use technologies like video, or voice recorders (talking tins) to source/create instructional teaching resources? We'd love to hear how you're 'recreating yourself' to help free-up time in the classroom. Feel free to share below.


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  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 25 Sep 2018 1:53pm ()

    The wait is over, the latest video stories (8 in total) from Ashhurst School are published and offer a rich insight into implementing a school-wide approach to flipped learning. The focus is to reach every student, every lesson every day, and flipped learning is really important to be a school-wide focus because it actually is a pedagogical change to how you approach teaching.


    The aim of flipped learning at Ashhurst School is for students to be active learners with agency over their learning. The school culture, curriculum approach, and philosophy for students learning is underpinned by the flipped model. 

    To find out more about the process - purpose, pedagogy, planning, implementation and sustainability of the flipped learning model, see the latest Enabling e-Learning snapshot, Flipped learning at Ashhurst School.

    The videos on; changes in teachers' practice, inclusion and benefits for students and their achievement, are also a must see. This story will affirm your current practices or make you think twice about how you're students are accessing and disseminating new learning. 

    Is this something you're interested in, 'dabbling in' or doing already? Tell us where your thinking is at with flipped learning as a pedagogical framework for teaching and learning smiley

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 15 Nov 2018 9:30am ()

    Anyone interested in raising student engagement, growing learner autonomy, might be been keen to flip learning design by using interactive video tools like Playposit.

    Any learning contexts can be turned into bite sized media/video files and tailored to encourage engagement directly with the content. This tool enables you to upload video, crop and add questions for students to interact with. I can see this would be useful to add to learning management systems etc. For more, see the following demonstration. 

    Can you see how an instructional tool like Playposit could be used before, during or after teachable moments in your classroom?

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