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Flipping the Classroom for Engaged Reading

The traditional classroom has changed. It no longer involves merely a lecturing teacher and a passively listening group of students. Today’s classrooms model modern global society and encourage collaboration, communication and creation. Students are demanding more knowledge and higher degrees of engagement, and districts are changing to meet these needs. Using technology in the classroom has become a must.

Many campuses, districts and teachers are implementing a flipped learning environment in their classroom. Flipping the classroom involves a teacher acting as a facilitator in the classroom and providing materials to students prior to the class day. Students can then spend class time working one-on-one with a teacher or peer collaboratively. Students discover the content at home and then come to class ready to discuss what they learn and practice its implementation.

Teachers Continuing to Learn

Educators looking to advance their knowledge of flipped classrooms can do so by earning an advanced degree, such as an online Master of Education in Digital Learning and Leading program. An online program focusing on using technology in the classroom can prepare teachers for the diversity of learning levels a flipped classroom must accommodate. This type of program can help educators create meaningful change in their schools, such as creating more engaged readers in the classroom. Some teachers will inevitably encounter resistance when trying to implement new methodologies like the flipped classroom. Earning an advanced education degree can help teachers develop both the skills and confidence they need to overcome this kind of challenge.

How to Get Students Reading

Studies have shown that English and Reading are students’ least favorite subjects. Many flipped English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms are implementing active reading in the classroom. Students can choose what they read, and when they go home, they blog about the book with their peers. Students love the opportunity to set their own pace, collaborate and have a say in their learning. These choices are making both students and teachers happier. The traditional method of teaching reading no longer works in most classrooms, and teachers are looking for ways to change things up.

Teachers are facing more challenges today than ever before. They must adjust to the changing demands of technology in the classroom. They must work with diverse learners and learning styles. Teachers need to be able to work one-on-one with students as well as serve as classroom facilitators. Flipping the classroom provides this type of learning environment, where it is particularly helpful in teaching reading and writing.

Learn more about the Lamar University online M.Ed. in Digital Learning and Leading program.


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