When the subject of the flipped class comes up, many educators see how it applies to academic subjects like math and science education, but don't realize that the methodology has applications in a wide array of other classes. According to a survey of 2358 teachers by the Flipped Learning Network and Sophia Learning (PDF, 1.2MB), 33 percent of those teachers who are flipping their classes are math teachers, 38 percent are science teachers, and 23 percent teach English language arts and social studies. But can you flip the other subjects? Can you flip an elementary classroom? The answer is a resounding yes.

Aaron Sams, Jon Bergmann
Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Flipping the Non-Flippable Classes (Edutopia, 2014), Can you flip classes like PE, dance, and elementary education? This article from Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams shows you how. For example, I have some girls who want to flip cheerleading practice and are designing an app to do just that. Instead of learning dances at practice, why not upload the videos and music and have the girls learn it before practice? We're currently going to build this into the app for the school. We call this in-flipping and it is an awesome way to teach!

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2 thoughts on “Can you flip non-flippable classes?

  1. I’m old enough to remember that actually, “flipping” is not new, only the terminology is new. I grew up in a band program, for example, that expected each member to learn their parts/scales and practice their instrument at home and come to rehearsal prepared. Nowadays, such goals seem mostly recognized as an unreachable ideal with learning taking place only during class time. I’m overjoyed to see this happening again. It more than doubles the learning!

    • Well, Glenda. I’m not sure that it is about practicing before you get there. With videos, they can learn and study at home in particular, with the “lecture” elements happening at home. I’m guessing there is a similarity but I still think it is pretty new with the use of videos inclass.