Nonlinear Flipping

The "Next Level" Flip

As I was reflecting on flipped learning in my class, I thought that there has to be something more.  I asked what's next?  This lead me to think about the construction of a traditional class vs the flipped class.  

This led me to lectures.  In a traditional class, the teacher prescribes the order that lessons are taught, usually in some order that makes sense.  With a flipped class, the order with which the lessons are presented does not need to be controlled by the teacher, but can be chosen by the student.

The example that I have always used is a social studies example.  If the over arching goal of the section is to discuss the important factors of river valley civilizations, then the teacher can flip all the lessons about river valley civilizations and spend class time discussing some of those connections.  It doesn't matter necessarily which river valley civilizations are discussed because they all will have similarities that can be discussed more in class.

Partial Mind Map of Unit 1: Observation

​​This led me to creating mind maps which I distribute at the beginning of each unit.  I do this by posting it in Google Classroom and allowing students access to it at all times. In each mind map, I have embedded links to every video, WSQ, lab, activity, and writing assignment so students can see how lessons are related and how each assignment relates to the overall goal of the unit.  

I have found that nonlinear learning is a bunch of work up front, but allows for a very smooth transition from topic to topic and gives the student control over the speed with which they learn.