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Five Videos on Flipped Mastery Learning
posted by: Melissa | June 11, 2020, 01:05 PM   

There’s a lot that we don’t know about what school will look like next year, but there is one thing we almost certainly do know: many schools will once again close due to Coronavirus. 


This thought undoubtedly leaves many educators feeling uncomfortable. Anyone being honest admits that this past spring wasn’t the best as far as learning goes. Students were disengaged. Assignments didn’t get completed. Little new learning was achieved.


It doesn’t have to be this way. If we begin school in the fall knowing that its likely we will need to implement fully remote learning, we can organize our classroom so that the transition is seamless, which means that we should structure our classes as if students were already at home There is one method of instruction that naturally stands out when thinking about this: Flipped Mastery Learning.


In Flipped Learning, teachers create or assign videos on new content for students to watch at home. Since students are at home and the content is video, students can watch, rewatch, fast forward, or rewind as many times as they need until they completely understand the material. Then, class time can be spent on letting students work on collaborative projects or individual practice and teachers are available to provide extra help to the students who need it most.


Many practitioners soon found that there was a problem: Some students naturally grasped the material more quickly than other students and were ready to move on, and then there were the students who just didn’t watch the videos at all.


The solution was to bundle this teaching method with Mastery Learning, a technique first proposed by Benjamin Bloom (of the taxonomy fame). In Mastery Learning, students can’t move on to a new topic until they have shown mastery over the topic they are currently working on. Typically, this is done through a rigorous test or through an in-depth process.


By combining the two methods, teachers can implement a type of instruction that is personalized to the students, is research-proven to drive learning, and is easily transferable to a distance learning environment.


If you’re interested in learning more about this method, check out the videos below:


Welcome to You Will Love History - This video is produced by two social studies teachers as an introduction to their class. It’s a great overview of how the instructional method works and why you might want to consider switching to it (even without Coronavirus).


The Flipped Class: Overcoming Common Hurdles - This video features two of the innovators in flipped learning and gives some helpful tips on how to get started.


How to Flip Your Class for Students with Little Access - This video covers one of the major stumbling blocks to distance learning: how to deliver content to students with little internet access.


Mr. Siegel’s Flipped Mastery Class - A humanities teacher in a New York school shows how he organizes his class period and why he uses Flipped Mastery.

Flipped Mastery Learning by Irvspanish - In-depth review of how one teacher uses Schoology to implement Flipped Mastery Learning.

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