I’ve seen flipped classrooms in many countries. It’s one of the biggest trends in education right now. Flipping the classroom and making the teacher more of a moderator than a lecturer has proven to be an exciting new way to get schools and students excited about learning.
In a rare look, we now have a glimpse at how flipping the classroom is working in Turkey. Mehmet Ali Doğan sent the above video to us and it’s been a lot of fun to watch. The video is dubbed in English and very well done. It’s about 17 minutes long and worth watching. I know that’s quite a lengthy film so be sure to bookmark the video and watch it when you have time.
The video details how students felt about homework prior to flipping, what happened when the classrooms were flipped, and if it all worked out. One of the more fascinating parts is about halfway through the film where the students discuss how technology was used in the flipped classroom. Students use a green screen and film themselves using a tablet. It’s impressive to be sure.
There is also a feature of the flipped classrooms in Turkey where students have a formal role as leaders. They are teaching assistants and are tasked with regularly meeting and appraising how the class is progressing. If they feel that the lessons are too difficult or too easy, they make adjustments. It’s incredible to see this kind of brilliant attention to detail done by students. I wish that this classroom setup existed when I was in middle school and can’t even begin to comprehend how well-prepared these students will be for the ‘real world.’ They’re already being tasked with managing their fellow students, holding meetings where they must do high-level thinking, and even figure out ways to appropriately use technology in the classroom. Wonderful stuff!