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Learning the Flipped Classroom at the Kognity Conference

Posted by Abigail Bryant on September 19, 2016

Most IB teachers who have seriously thought about flipping their classrooms have read blog posts on the topic. Indeed, this very blog has uploaded numerous pieces on the topic, such as this, this and this. However, the properties of a blog limit the effectiveness with which ideas about the flipped classroom can be conveyed, since the flipped classroom is an elusive idea.

The Nature of the Flipped Classroom

The flipped Classroom is a dynamic and slightly controversial concept. No one quite knows what it entails, since different experts tend to take different approaches. Additionally, the topic easily becomes overly theoretical. That is, many of the articles out there, and admittedly some aspects of our own material, are academic in their focus.

Sure, there are lots of interesting studies, ranging from psychology to pedagogy, that reinforce the legitimacy of the flipped classroom. That makes for interesting reading for those interested in the inner workings of teaching, but for time-pressured IB teachers who just want to know the what-why-how it’s not very useful. How to flip one’s classroom is better taught in a different setting.

Not a Prescription

Learning how to flip the classroom isn’t a matter of prescription, but a matter of inspiration. No one knows your students like yourself, so no one can tell you which approach will work best when flipping your classroom. However, sharing experiences about flipped classrooms is sure to spark ideas about how you could do it.

With access to the ocean of experience and expertise collectively held by the participants of the Kognity Conference, you could revolutionise your teaching by picking and choosing among ideas, tweaking and revamping them to suit your needs and use them as inspiration to invent your own, innovative ways based on your habits, needs and resources.

Present at the Conference are teachers from all levels: those who have been flipping successfully for years, those who are just beginning to flip, and those who haven’t even decided whether they want to flip. Regardless, everyone’s thoughts and experiences are valuable to everyone else, because the flipped classroom is such a dynamic and ever-changing concept.

The interactive setting of the Kognity Conference promotes this valuable exchange of ideas. Sign up ASAP using this link to get it for free!

Author: Abigail Bryant

Abi is Head of Support at Kognity, where she works closely with teachers and students getting them set up and ensuring their experience with Kognity is a great one. Previously she worked as an English teacher working with International Schools in South East Asia.

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