A few years ago, I wrote an article outlining how a school could implement a flipped classroom approach in a consistent manner using a framework that I developed. The blog discussed how all the moving parts – mainstream teachers, specialists and support staff could come together as a whole and deliver a solid program; however, it didn’t delve into the specific types of planners that would be needed to support a flipped classroom approach. At the time, I felt that the flipped classroom approach would benefit from a program that would allow teachers to easily collaborate – enter our upcoming software ESBPlanners, and now it is absolutely possible to move an entire school in a cohesive direction!
To begin with, let’s take a look at the Flipped Classroom Framework that I had designed:
This framework shows how teachers teaching different subject areas can work together in implementing the school’s vision. It also illustrates how curriculums move from online/at-home learning to in-class learning in a differentiated/scaffolded manner, as depicted by the three-way symbols (square, arrow, circle) that link online/in class learning. For a more detailed description of how this would work see the following article: The Flipped Classroom Framework.
With this in mind comes the multi-subject unit planner below designed to allow teachers to implement this.
This template was designed using ESBPlanners, and with its “shared planner” feature would allow the classroom teacher, learning support teacher and language support teacher to plan using a single template. The classroom teacher would fill in the column to the left with planned online resources for at home learning and learning activities/assessments that would be given during class time to support the online lessons. Although the above only shows a single day, the unit planner would extend to the right in order to accommodate the amount of lessons that would be taught during the unit. Once the classroom teacher has completed their portion, they can share the planner with the support team who can then begin preparing differentiated/scaffolded online lessons and materials for their students, thus enabling the main objectives of the Flipped Classroom Framework to be realized.
While this ticks off all the boxes as to how lessons should be planned and delivered for a single subject area, another aspect of the framework is to have teachers teaching different subject areas looking for ways to connect to each other. This would be accomplished by allowing multiple teachers to plan their units on the same shared planner as shown below – purple is for subject area #1, green is for subject area #2 and the planner would extend downwards to accommodate the addition of more subjects.
Now imagine a grade-level team of teachers sitting down with this template during a team meeting. As they are unit planning for their respective areas, mainstream and specialists can be discussing ways they can connect with each other while the learning/language support staff can be thinking of ways to differentiate/scaffold for their students. When the meeting is over, teachers could continue planning on this shared document and then copy their relevant sections onto their own personal planners using our software’s capacity to easily transfer sections of a planner from one template to another, or our shared cell features which would allow a teacher to continue sharing information in real-time, but from their own private planning template.
Just think of the impact this would make on student learning if all the teachers at a school were following the outlined planning process for implementing a flipped classroom approach – the tight learning connections that could be made and all the support that learners with varying needs would get in accessing the curriculum! Wanting to implement the process at your school? The above flipped classroom unit planner will be available for use in the ESBPlanners template bank. Note that it has been kept very general so that you have the freedom to modify it to better suit your needs. Stay tuned for our software’s upcoming release!