The flipped classroom approach isn’t just for the classroom; it can also be used for coaching and professional development. Athletic coaches, as well as P.E. instructors have found the flipped learning approach helpful in improving athlete’s performance on the field and teachers and staff have found the flipped method helps improve time spent on professional development.
On the Field: Flipping Practice
Coaches have long used videos of games to help their player’s improve. But with the advent of the flipped method, it is easier than ever before for coaches to provide video to their players for analysis and review.
Instead of using practice time to show athletes what they can do to improve, coaches are now sending videos home with students to watch before the next practice. Before sending videos home, coaches can add commentary and notes that help the players see what the coach sees.
Then, at practice, after everyone has reviewed the tape, key points can be replayed or time can be spent working on improving player’s skills. In this manner, players are able to see where improvements can be made, and re-watch as often as they want, as well as spend more time putting their knowledge to use practicing and improving on the field.
The Flipped Method In the Workroom
Teachers are required to complete a certain number of professional development hours per year, but could those hours be completed more effectively? With the flipped learning method, they surely could.
Most teachers attend a few professional development classes throughout the year where they learn exciting new tips and ideas to motivate students and increase learning in their classroom. However, by the time they are able to implement these ideas, many teachers may have forgotten the finer details of what they learned. In order to prevent this, teachers should be provided with videos of what they learned in class.
If provided before the class, these videos would allow extra time in class for hands-on application of the techniques being taught. More importantly though, by ensuring teachers have access to these videos after the class, teachers will be able to review them as often as they like in order to effectively implement the technique in their classrooms.
Read Maria Luna’s story to see how they used videos to create effective professional development for their food service workers.
Whether your school is just starting to consider trying the flipped method or has fully embraced it in all classrooms, trying it with athletics and professional development is a great way to introduce it to more teachers and allow them to see first-hand the benefits it can provide.