Flipping the classroom – input occurs outside the classroom
In classroom, there’s more time for practice and feedback
Feedback stages become central in the lesson and much of the teaching can take place during feedback.
Because input has already been done (flipped), there are several opportunities for peer teaching and learning.
This was the seventh in the series of During CELTA Trainer-in-Training tasks. All the trainees were assigned peer observation tasks for the duration of the course, wherein they were expected to make notes while their colleagues taught so that they could contribute to the teaching practice feedback discussion afterwards.
There’s great value for trainee teachers (and qualified teachers!) in having peer observation tasks to follow. In an intensive CELTA course, where teachers have very little time to complete their various tasks, it is natural for them to become pre-occupied with their own work when others are teaching. This is because teachers at this stage are not aware of the benefits of peer observation tasks. In my own experience, I have found that observing teachers is useful not only to learn new ways and techniques of doing things in the classroom but also what not to do. (more…)
The sixth in the series of “During CELTA” Trainer-in-Training tasks (see the complete list here) – the Teaching Practice Feedback task – was one of those tasks that needed pre-course prep work as well as regular updates throughout the course.
I divided it into two parts:
- Pre-CELTA: Make a note of different approaches to feedback I expect to see during the course.
- During CELTA:
- Notes on feedback observations (during/after every TP feedback session)
- Reflections on feedback observations (weekly – this turned out to be one of my weekend tasks while the CELTA was on)
Let’s go through it one by one.
1. Pre-CELTA: Here are some preliminary notes I put together about different approaches to feedback. I reached back into the recesses of my cobwebbed, pregnancy-addled brain for memories of how feedback was conducted during my own CELTA (2009) and CELTYL (2010) courses, and made the following notes.. (more…)