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During the 33e AQUOPS conference, teacher Caroline Jodoin-Malo presented several tips for making her classroom a place where students can find meaning in the concepts learned. Make way for the reverse class!
From March 31 to April 2, the 33e colloquium of the Quebec Association of Primary-Secondary Computer Users (AQUOPS), in Quebec. This article is about a workshop that was given on this occasion.
For Caroline Jodoin-Malo, teacher at Charles-Lemoyne College, reversing her class responded to a desire for change and a need for renewal. Yes this video served as an introduction, she believes that this way of teaching is not limited to producing capsules that will be listened to at home and which explain the subject (as we sometimes define the concept of flipped classroom). After experimentation, she approaches this type of pedagogy more as a approach which should allow students to discover theory at their own pace, outside the classroom, and to reserve time in the presence of their teacher for activities allowing the integration of the subject.
There are many forms that work outside the classroom can take. Talking to an expert, watching a video clip, doing research, answering a questionnaire are all possibilities. But how do you check if the students have done their homework? "It depends on what we asked them," she replies simply. “Systematic feedback is important, it's about finding our way. For example, Kahoot or a show of hands feedback. If there is no feedback, students will ignore the assigned homework. "
The science teacher thought about her teaching intentions (and some of the irritants she observed, let's face it!) Before doing some tests. “What I wanted was for my students to appropriate the laboratory protocol,” she explains. I wanted them to read it instead of reading it myself ”. By making it available a week before the lab, by involving the technicians, by taking pictures for each step, the students prepare themselves, which they did not do before. She also suggests that they submit their report in a different medium. Why not a movie or a photo montage?
Several other strategies have also been proposed for other disciplines. In language, it refers to corrected commented by Caroline Hétu, a teacher who inspired her and made her want to take the leap. She also suggests that students use Twitter so that they can write, comment, and respond. It also offers the principle of collaboration during writing and correction. Instead of writing more, why not take the same text and constantly improve it? Could self-correction, exchanges, specialized vocabulary or grammar islands lead the students further? The teacher believes in it. “Could the tools collected during these collaborations pay off? In everyday life, when are we all alone with a problem? », She replies to her colleagues who argue that such a context cannot be reproduced during the ministerial tests.
In mathematics, she challenges students to research the Fibonacci sequence instead of seeing a detailed explanation. She also classifies the exercises into three categories: easy, medium and difficult. For the former, there is no need to correct them when the solution is available online and we remain available when needed. For medium-level exercises, she recommends classroom collaboration. "The difficulty, in reverse class, is to walk", she specifies. As for complex problems, it is better to correct them and provide feedback to the students to ensure understanding.
For Caroline Jodoin-Malo, the flipped classroom allows more time for personalized follow-up, allows more interaction in addition to offering students to listen to the theoretical content at their own pace. Taking videos that already exist, validating students' understanding, reversing in pairs with a colleague, not reversing everything the first year and accepting not always to have control are his wise advice which aims to make life easier for everyone. those who wish to get started.
To consult Caroline Jodoin-Malo's website, it's here:
You can also watch the presentation support (.pptx) at the AQUOPS conference.