Hi everyone - anyone tried/plan to try flipping their social studies class? About 90% of the info out there focuses on math & science courses and I'm still trying to wrap my head around how to use class time when you flip a social studies class. With science & math you are teaching a skill using content and while we of course teach skills with social studies, it is so content heavy that I wonder how class time would look in a flipped social studies class.
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I'm considering doing some flipping in my sixth grade ancient history class this fall. My first thoughts are that some of the content can be consumed at home, allowing the students to engage in group analysis activities in class that focus more on developing concepts and thinking skills.
For example, the simplest version might have the students read about Sparta and Athens at home, then in class prepare and engage in debates over which city-state is superior based on form of government, treatment of women, economy, etc.
A more complex version might be to have them watch a vodcast about the first farming societies at home, including taking digital notes and taking an online quiz so they (and the teacher) can get feedback on how well they remember the content, then in class have groups develop Venn diagrams comparing and contrasting farming lifestyle to hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
That's the basic idea: content at home, concepts and thinking skills back in class...
That is exactly right. It does not have to involve video however there are a lot of advantages to it.
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Yes! Like Lindsay I would like to know what specific activities teachers are using in their classrooms during class time if "info" is taken in at home. I've seen some general suggestions but I was wondering if anyone had a specific example day of what a particular lesson would look like during the school day.
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That's a great idea. If anyone with experience would like to post a lesson plan based on their flipped lesson, that would be extremely beneficial.
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Just did. Thanks Greg!
I have flipped my Social Studies classroom on occasion, and want to do more this upcoming fall. What I have found that works is to narrate some sort of presentation like the dreaded PowerPoint. I use Camtasia software, which records my computer screen, so I have even developed some essay writing lessons. I find flipping works really well for review; my students began to request it! Really, when it all boils down to it, you are really replacing a partial lecture with...a partial lecture. The difference is that the students can review it, slow it down, or speed it up. And it frees up time for debates, class discussions, or a PBL - project based learning activity.
I think the challenge is how to plan for a flipped-mastery classroom where the kids aren't all working on the same activities at the same time... seems like mastery is worth doing but definitely challenging in a social studies class that is traditionally taught via discussions and student-centered group learning activities