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Video Transcript: The Flipped Class: Getting Stakeholders on Board

Aaron: Adopting a flipped classroom model requires creating a new culture of learning and like anything that disrupts the status quo, that changes takes some time.

Jon: Here are some strategies to engage key stakeholders, including students, administrators and parents.

Aaron: So I once had a student say to me, "Mister Sams, you just like this flipped classroom model because the students are doing all the work in class." And I said, "Yes, that's exactly what I like it. I want my students to be the most engaged participants in the learning process. I want their minds active." So if you start hearing from your students that this is hard and it's unlike anything I've ever experienced, that's a good sign. That's a sign that they're engaged and you're transferring that ownership to the students.

Jon: With those students, if you stick with it, they will learn to take more ownership for their learning.

Aaron: A lot of teachers are often surprised that their administrators are excited about flipped classrooms already. They've read the articles, they've seen the emerging research indicating that flipped classrooms are a viable teaching strategy.

Jon: But if you have administrators who are a little hesitant about bringing a flipped classroom model into the school, then we have a couple of strategies that you could employ as you bring them into the conversation.

Aaron: In fact, open and honest conversation is one of the great starting points with your administrators. Talk to them about how this will increase the student engagement in your classroom and be very communicative about some of the changes that you'll be making in your classroom as you start to adopt this.

Jon: Or just simply take them to a flipped class. There's nothing like seeing the flipped classroom in action. Parents generally love the flipped classroom model for two reasons. Number one, their student gets more individual attention from their teacher. Number two, the parent doesn't have to be the content expert at home anymore. That role stays with the teacher.

Aaron: However, if you find yourself in a situation where some parents are reluctant to adopt an instructional model that's different than the one they grew up with, you could try teaching them about a flipped classroom using a flipped classroom approach. You could make a video for your back to school night, your curriculum night or your open house, in which you explain how the class works and then the parents could view that ahead of time and bring questions to ask you when they show up.

Jon: What better way to teach parents about the flipped classroom model than to flip the back to school night?

Aaron: So let's recap, your students will probably love this but if you're getting a resistance, remember, the transferring the ownership of the learning to the students is worth it for them in the long run.

Jon: And if your administrators are hesitant, take them on a visit so they can see the flipped classroom in action.

Aaron: And for your parents, teach them about the flipped classroom using the flipped classroom approach.

Jon: Remember, transforming a culture of learning takes time and support from everybody involved.

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Editor's Note:This post was co-authored by Aaron Sams, Managing Director of and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network.

So you're a parent, a student, or an administrator, and you just found out that a teacher in your school has flipped their class. What impact does that have on you? How should you respond? How can you support it? Where can you go for more information?


Your child's experience in a flipped classroom is probably different than your educational experience has been. Acknowledging this fact is probably the most important step in being able to help your student. Before you start to hear chatter about how the teacher "isn't teaching any more," arm yourselves with the following information:

Flipping will increase student-teacher interaction.

One of the beauties of the flipped classroom is that it gives the teacher more individual time with each student. That means your son or daughter will get more one-on-one time with his or her teacher. There is something powerful about moving the teacher away from the front of the room, something that changes the dynamics of the class. Spending lots of quality time with each child helps teachers know students better both cognitively and relationally.

Flipping will bring added value to homework.

How many times have your children come home with homework they were unable to understand? You sat with them at the dinner table and tried to help them, but you couldn't. Or maybe you had learned something when you were in school, and your child has informed you that you "do it wrong." Another beauty of the flipped classroom is that you too can watch the videos with your kids. You can learn how the teacher presents a topic, and you will be better equipped to help your son or daughter. Additionally, viewing video content is a task that all students can complete, and all parents can help support. Concerned about equitable access to technology at home? Check out our earlier post about technology.

Your child will be able to pause and rewind the teacher.

All kids learn at different speeds, and frankly, teachers talk too fast. Wouldn't it be great if your son or daughter could pause and rewind the teacher? Well, they can in a flipped classroom.


Your teacher has flipped your class. What do you need to know?

Don't just watch the video. Learn and interact.

Watching a video, or for that matter a lecture, can be a passive exercise which doesn't require a whole lot from you. As you watch a flipped video, find a quiet place free from distractions, turn off Facebook and Instagram, take notes, write down questions, and make time to learn from the content. Your teacher doesn't expect you to come away having learned everything perfectly, but she does expect you to come to class with some knowledge and background.

You will get more attention from your teacher.

You and your teacher will get more time to talk about things individually. He will be constantly moving around the room working with different students, including you. Be prepared to discuss what you are learning with your teacher. He has your best interests at heart and wants you to succeed. That is why he's implementing the flipped classroom.

You need to be engaged in your learning.

The flipped class may be an adjustment for you, because you'll need to take an active role in your learning. Being passive won't work. At first, this might be difficult, but the overall effect will be that you'll learn how to learn for yourself -- which is an extremely valuable skill to have as you mature.

Here's what to do if you're struggling.

The power of the flipped classroom model is that class time is reimagined. Instead of your teacher standing in front and lecturing at you, there is now more time for different things to happen in class. There is more time for you to get help on hard concepts, and more time for working with your peers to apply what you've learned. Make sure that you take advantage of the extra time in class to learn from your teacher and your peers, and to learn on your own.


How can you support teachers who are flipping their classes?

Give them time and encouragement.

Trying anything new can be difficult, and a flipped classroom is no different. Teachers may need time to work together to plan lessons or create content -- give them collaborative time if you have that ability. Parents may be unfamiliar with the model -- field those phone calls and shield your teachers from unnecessary questions. When teachers face challenges or difficulty, encourage them. Let them know that you're there as a sounding board to help them overcome any issues they encounter.

Model flipping in your own practice.

If you're an administrator who is interested in bringing flipped learning to your school, model it in your staff meetings. Rather than bringing your entire faculty to the library on a Thursday afternoon for a staff meeting to tell them about a new policy, prep them with a video explaining any new information, and invite them to spend the meeting time working on ways to improve instruction at the school. Maximize the face-to-face time you have with your teachers.

Provide training.

If you want to support flipped learning, make sure it's being done well by providing training. Send your teachers to a local workshop or conference, or bring in trainers for staff development. Have expert teachers in your school train other interested teachers. Whatever you choose to do, ensure that the model is implemented with fidelity and care to give the students the best possible experience in the best possible flipped classroom.

Students, parents, and administrators: What advice do you have for other students, parents, or administrators? What are some successful ways that your school has implemented the flipped classroom model, and how have you helped support it?

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Edcamper, Former @Edutopia, Founder of Social Media Marketing Consultancy aimed at helping educational orgs.

A tip from Twitter:

This History teacher shared some very helpful advice about getting everyone on board with flipped:

"Start slow, then fully jump in...educate students/parents about benefits. Be prepared to get out of comfort zone and have fun."

The starting slowly bit is key -- try not to run before you can walk and celebrate the small wins to get momentum and have FUN!

Owen Laughlin, JD's picture
Owen Laughlin, JD
Education Software Developer and Flight Instructor.

Instructors who regularly use Flipped-Leaning tell us that they exponentially increase retention by also using students' "entertainment devices" (smart phones, ipads ect.) to capture their interest and attention. The new technology now available is so easy and fun to use that students are excited about school again!

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